After leading a fairly cloistered life all winter because of a compromised immune system and so much sickness going around, I’m now starting to venture out into the world. And what great timing to be coming out! I absolutely love these warm, sunny days!
On Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending a baby shower to celebrate the pending birth of our grandson, Jackson Ironside Henry (Jack). It was great spending time with my daughter-in-law, Sam, her sweet friends, some of my good friends and my mom. It was a fun day! (By the way, don’t you just love Jack’s name? We think it sounds very presidential. Mom is thrilled to have Ironside in there, as am I.)
Yesterday, Mom and I got to go volunteer with our Belle Morris first graders after staying away for a while because of all the sickness. It was an absolute delight. We brought a stethoscope and let them listen to their hearts and talked to them about heart health. They had a blast, and so did we.
Today, I took a beautiful drive to LaFollette and spoke to the Christian Women’s Connection there. Speaking always blesses me, and it’s a lot of fun to meet new ladies!
Tomorrow, I speak to the Knoxville Christian Women’s Connection and know that will be wonderful, as well.
As to health updates, here’s the latest:
– The steroids are helping with my breathing. It’s still not great – my blood oxygen level drops to 86 just by walking on a flat surface – but it is getting better.
– I have sinus surgery scheduled for April 11. I know it won’t be pleasant, but it will be worth it to get rid of the nasty sinus infection that has plagued me for at least the past year and a half.
– Because of the scheduled surgery, we’ve stopped my Avastin infusions for now. Avastin acts like a blood thinner, so I need to have it out of my system as much as possible before the doctor goes digging into my sinuses. Please pray the surgery will be successful and that no bleeding problems occur.
– I had an infusion today, but with far fewer drugs in the mix. I’m feeling much better since they omitted Camptostar (the most toxic of the mix), and now have the added bonus of no more chemo after this round until at least a week following surgery.
I’m hoping our grandson comes while I’m off the chemo so that David and I can make a quick run to Clarksville to meet him. Regardless of the chemo situation, rest assured we’ll get there as soon as we are able!
As I said at the beginning, life is good!
Counting my blessings,