Daily Prompt: Squat
Due to the chronic swelling of my legs and thighs, I’ve gone through physical therapy a few cycles. Part of my exercise is squatting. When I had the personal training at the gym, interestingly, it started with squatting. Therefore, I have been doing squatting for many years. The benefit shows on the bone scan. My hip bone scored 110% compared to women of similar age. I asked further how to interpret the score. The doctor said that my hip bone was strong and was equivalent to a young adult. It was less lightly that I would fall due to the strength of the hip bone.
It was a great encouragement for me to continue doing yoga, in addition to other exercises.
February 17, 2009
The original treatment plan was that I would go through four cycles of bio-chemo treatments, and have a surgery to remove the shrunk tumors, and then have two more cycles of treatments. After the second cycle of in-patient treatment, I did my routine lab work before the third cycle.
I met with the Melanoma doctor and the surgeon. During the meeting, the doctors reviewed the lab result with me. There was minor bad news but major good news. The lab work showed 20 categories in hematology. Five categories were low. Blood count was 7.9 with the normal range being 11.5 – 15.0. The lab work also showed 22 categories in chemistry with 4 being low. In addition, I had been running a temperature as high as 102.4 ever since I came home from the hospital on February 1, 2009 (more than two weeks). I survived on Tylenol.
For the low blood count, I needed 2 units of blood transfusion within the following two weeks (1 unit = I pint or 450 ml). Rich in iron food was my diet but didn’t help fast enough to boost up my blood count. My temperature was caused by some kind of infection that my body couldn’t fight off. Antibiotic was prescribed to take care of that. With low blood count and temperature, I was so weak that I felt there was no life left in me. I knew that I had to be strong to go through the treatment. There was not enough blood to keep my body warm, so I bundled up and walked every day back and forth in the neighborhood. My neighbors couldn’t recognize me.
This was my prayer: “God, you gave me clear indications of which direction to go as far as treatment options. I listened and followed your direction. You took my hand and I followed you to near-death with no doubt because your direction was so clear. You’re the God of miracles and I believe in miracles. Now if it is your will, please carry me back to life.”
Now back to the meeting, the doctors also reviewed CT scan done on February 13. It showed encouraging improvement. The tumors in the lymph nodes had shrunk and were contained, so the cancer cells did not spread. As a result, instead of having two more cycles of bio-chemo, the doctor now could have surgery to remove the shrunk tumors. After the surgery, I could rest longer before the final two cycles of bi-chemo. Altogether, I only needed 4 cycles instead of 6 cycles of bio-chemo! What great news!
When I heard the doctor’s plan for me, even though I didn’t have too much energy, I almost jumped up to thank them, but I knew that it was God’s Healing Power.
After the meeting, I was given a longer time to rest, got blood transfusion, tried to get rid of the temperature. The schedule of surgery would depend on my progress.
My family and friends continue to pray, bring food, send me cards and emails. I was wrapped around with love, friendship, and prayer support to keep me going this dark journey.
To be continued……
Where do you go hiking, biking, or horse riding? We are fortunate to live in a city where trails and trails are intertwined throughout the city. Some biking trails are along the homes’ backyards.
The crosswalk is horse friendly. The people walk and horse walk buttons are equally important.
When my husband and I go hiking, he likes to hike in the biking trails for it seems to be more challenging. Of course the bikers and hikers are good dancers when it comes to sharing the trail!
Daily Prompt: Hike – Photos by Miriam Hurdle
I don’t mean coffeecake. I literally mean coffee and Cake.
After years getting gether with friends, having dinner or potluck at each others homes. Friends know by now I can’t drink coffee for dinner or eat cake for dessert. They simply keep me awake for hours at night.
My friends take me seriously when I say I could eat cake for breakfast. That’s the time I could eat sweet without affecting my sleep.
I went to a Baby Shower breakfast lately. The hostess served me hot water instead of coffee. She knows I drink hot water, not coffee. Perhaps I failed to tell her that I could drink coffee for breakfast.
It was a beautiful morning. I enjoyed this delightful Baby Shower with my coffee and cake.
Daily Prompt: Cake
Daily Prompt: Shiver
The unstoppable chill and Shiver
Are still as vivid as present.
Lying in the hospital bed,
While chemo drugs
Dripping into my vein.
“As the side effect of chemo drugs,
You’ll have flu-like symptoms
Such as chill and shiver.” The nurse said.
With anticipation yet not knowing
When it would happened,
I was helplessly waiting.
Oh, it came!
I clenched my teeth,
Tightened my fists,
Curled up my body,
Tried to hold it still.
No! Useless effort!
A button I had to press.
The nurse came with
A shot to the IV into my vein.
The muscles relaxed,
The shiver subsided.
I was good for the time being,
Prayed for strength and endurance
Until the next round coming.