Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dye n a Cold

Last week we dyed moms peach fuz.
Before:After: Not a HUGE difference but now the really light hairs cant all hide. We might try again now that I know the dye won't stain her scalp a funny color!

Mom got a cold last weekend and hasn't had much fun with it. At least she knows she's not the only one in the valley with her symptoms because SaveMart was all out of the recommended over the counter stuff. While misery loves company, this sort of company wasn't so much appreciated because she wanted those meds. Meh. We found some a little later.

One perk to this cold has been that previously if asked how she was doing she would NEVER say better. She couldn't see how she was improving daily the way that all her friends and family could. NOW she realises that she was in fact doing better.

Her blood counts seem to have met the approval of her doctor. Her hair is slowly getting longer. She is down to one ativan a day. The nausea is still lingering. The doctor says that at this point it is no longer a direct result of the chemo but more her body clinging to the nausea. She had nausea for the full 9 months of both of her pregnancies and then from chemo. Her body/brain is sort of holding onto the memory/action/experience. The doctor wasn't too concerned, but this isn't something mom really enjoys lingering.

The other thing that sort of has her down in the dumps is her neuropathy. (Her nerves are telling her brain her feet are numb and cold, her brain also receives pain signals.) This hasn't gone away since her FIRST chemo treatment and the doctor says there is a chance it might not go away. Mom has decided that neuropathy staying just wont do so she is bumping up the exercise in hopes of kicking it to the curb. (There's a chance it might have to do with circulation) Pre-cold she walked fairly regularly (4 days.) Things were looking up then the cold sort of slowed her down. I think now that she has gotten meds from the doctor and the cold has seemed to wan she'll be up to walking again. Give her a call if you have time to be a walking buddy for even 20 min. She really values the time to talk with friends, and at the moment she needs all the circulation improvement/endorphins she can get!


Anonymous said...

I just wanted to leave a comment to say "KEEP FIGHTING IT"! I haven't had a chance to read your whole page because I just stumbled upon it but my grandmother had multiple myeloma and she had her ups and downs but all in all everything will be fine.

Your pictures look great, you have a great smile and all in all, I don't know you but it sounds like you have a great family and friends and if I could call you I probably would. Multiple Myeloma is horrible but it makes it that much better if you have family and friends around you!

I love your page and will check it probably daily now but I just wanted to pretty much say good luck and enjoy life in general!!!!!

Little Spouse in the Old House said...

Since I can't come and walk, I'm praying for an endorphin party. Party on dudes! I'm looking at your pictures and seriously thinking that your "'do"would be the perfect hair here in Kansas! The winds been crazy! Love and prayers-Janice

Anonymous said...

Sue I love you. This cold will go away and you will be back to fighting the neuropathy. You can do this!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Hope things are getting better day by day. I got home from NAS Fallon a few weeks ago and have recently been to Tennessee on another set of orders. The boys are doing okay, getting bigger and keeping busy in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. My mother is hanging in there. Steve and Matthew are at a boy scout camp tonight and the rest of us were just surfing the web this evening and decided to check on you. Hang in there!
Blossom, Sheri and Andrew