Friday, April 13, 2018

A Good Friday

Another week down and I'm finished with Chemo with 12 more radiation treatments to go.  All is going well and my radiation doctor says my tumor continues to shrink, isn't that wonderful!
I'm grateful that the chemo is over, the first 2 rounds were very rough, the last two not so bad.  But the side affects were interesting.  In addition to losing my hair, I still have some and look not unlike Golem from Lord of the Rings, it affected my mouth (all soft tissue everywhere actually) and my hearing.  I've always had one good ear and one not so good one (we call it the Anderson ear in our family).  But the chemo affected my good ear and I have trouble hearing now.  With people I'm getting better, but unless the tv is blasting I have a real problem hearing.  Hoping that this clears up now that chemo is over.
The radiation is giving me acid reflux and painful swallowing, but I have medication to help with that.
All in all not too bad.
I'm enclosing a picture of my battery-operated Iris and me in my wig.  I have elected not to go bald.  My scalp is ugly and I prefer a wig.
Hope you all have a great week end.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday in the Swamp

Just got home from Chemo and Radiation.  Just 2 more Chemos to do and 16 more radiations.  I feel really good today so we did a tour of the garden and greenhouse when we got home.  Mac went plant shopping while I was on drip and bought me a bunch of flowers including a battery-operated Iris because I'd been moaning about the fact that Irises won't bloom here.
Enjoyed watching the Masters this weekend, it's always such a great tournament.
Watched Jumanji this week, not a great movie, but it was amusing.
Read a ton of books and found a new (to me author) Yrsa Sigurdardottir, an Icelandic author.  I read her Why Did You Lie a really good mystery.  Three different characters tell their story  and then their stories are brought together.
Skyped with our daughter yesterday.  She's getting a promotion from mid-level management to upper level with a substantial pay raise to go with it.  We're very proud of her.  This week marks her 4th year in Japan.
I'm feeling good enough that I'm off to play piano which requires my brain to actually think and I do believe I can.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone, all is well in the swamp.  A good week and 8 days of radiation done.  I have 3 more days of chemo beginning on the 9th.
Today I deviled eggs and baked a small cake so we can have strawberry shortcake.
We're having beautiful weather and Mac's working in the garden.

Friday, March 16, 2018

A New Post Finally

I'm very late in posting, had a bit of a set back after my last round of chemo and am finally feeling up to par again.  They're going to change my chemo and keep me stronger after the next go around that starts Monday.  I start radiation Wednesday, so hoping I do better.
We went out to breakfast today and that felt so good, haven't had much of an appetite, but ate all of my breakfast today.
They did a CatScan and my tumor is shrinking YEAH!  Here's hoping the next go around shrinks it even more.  I'm feeling very optimistic.
It's been cold here, but promises to be a beautiful weekend for St.Paddy's Day.  All the locals are up in arms because the Vice President is coming down for the Parade tomorrow and all the rules have changed, they wish he would just stay away.
More than 300,000 people show up for St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, it's quite a party.
Hope you all have a great weekend,

Friday, March 2, 2018

A Good Week

I'm finished with my second round of chemo with 2 more sessions to go.  Came through it better than last time and feeling very grateful for that.  Next session adds the radiation.
Good some good news, not about the cancer, but from Delta.  Before this had all began we had booked first class tickets ($10,700) to go see our daughter in Japan.  They were nonrefundable tickets.   Well Mac got letters from my doctors, wrote a good letter to Delta and they're refunding our money.  We're thrilled.
Now if everything else can go as easily.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Monday in the Swamp

I want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers, they're much appreciated.  I had a good weekend and enjoyed the spring like weather.
This week I start my next round of chemo and I'm anxious to get it over with and have a couple of weeks off.
I guess I'm ready to give a few more details, I have lung cancer and no I'm not a smoker.  I quit 37 years ago.  Guess it wasn't soon enough.
My doctors are great and I'm hopeful for a good outturn.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


I'm not very good at sharing personal information, but I don't want to leave you all wondering what's going on.  I just finished my first round of chemo therapy and will start the next on the 28th, at that time radiation will also be added.  It's not been easy, but I've had wonderful care, both from my treatment center and my wonderful husband.  He's been my rock.  Hopefully we're going to win the war.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Swamp News

Many of you may have noticed that I haven't been as active as usual and there's a reason.  I'm having serious health issues at this time that I'm not ready to go into details about.  But from time-to-time I'll have to step away from Blogging and that's hard for me as you all have become an important part of my life.   I will try to keep reading Blogs and leaving messages.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Just a Quickie From the Swamp

Busy week of errands and appointments, not much down time.  Some rain, but mostly mild, lots of 70's for the new week, that makes me happy.  Mac is busy painting, sold so many paintings lately he's had to restock.
We bought a milkshake machine and made strawberry milkshakes last night, they were so good.
Going to fix bacon, corn chowder soup today, need to use up some bacon.
They're rerunning the Super Bowl today and now that we know who won it we can watch and enjoy it.
Reading a wonderful book  Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak about a Muslim girl in Istanbul who goes to Oxford and where she becomes friends with a very divergent group of friends and takes a course about God who she has been struggling with most of her life..  It was recommended by Marianne at Let's Read and I'm so glad, will definitely make my best list this year.
Not much in the way to tv watching, just the Pro-Am Golf Tournament from Pebble Beach California.  Like to keep track of Bill Murray's antics.
That's about it from the swamp.

Monday, February 5, 2018

In the BackYard Again

Mac called me out to the backyard to greet some visitors,  We had 8 Canadian Geese out there.  Usually we'll get a mated pair, but this year it looks like a flock of bachelors have landed.  We always call them the Honk Brothers.  We fed  them a load of bread and just enjoyed the sunshine.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Flu Shot

Broke down and we got flu shots this week.  We don't normally get them, but this year's outbreak is so bad we decided maybe we had better.  Mac had virtually no reaction and I had a sore arm that's more or less gone now so that's good.
Cold today, but promises of temperatures around 70ยบ by mid-week, doesn't that sound good!
I figure the Patriots will win the Super Bowl and that's just boring, would love an upset.
Just finished reading We'll Always Have Paris: Trying and Failing to be French  by Emma Beddington and really enjoyed it.  From the time she was a teenage reading French Elle she knew she was French trapped in an English body.  This is her autobiography.  Funny, sad and very interesting.  I understand she has a blog called and I guess I'll have to go and give it a look to see what she's been up to since writing the book.

A Good Friday

Another week down and I'm finished with Chemo with 12 more radiation treatments to go.  All is going well and my radiation doctor says m...