Daily Archives: November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving takes on a new meaning this year

If you were to commit to writing all you were thankful for, where would you begin? (Photo by Valerie Kamikubo/Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons )

If you were to commit to writing all you were thankful for, where would you begin? (Photo by Valerie Kamikubo/Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons license. )

Well here it is again, the day before treatment. The timing is unfortunate but if it means getting past it, then I will joyfully walk in tomorrow for the third in what we  hope will be my final series of four chemotherapy sessions. Just one more remaining: Scheduled for Dec 11.

I feel great and last week I worked a normal week. It feels good to almost be myself again, and in a routine.

The only side effects to report from recent days would be the rash raising its ugly head again. It really never left but remained at bay until Friday. I had a mouth sore and was itching all over.

When you have irritations like this occur, you tend to get down to business in finding a solution. I have a special mouth wash that I started using three times a day. Then I began taking steroids to beat back the itching.  At night, it was Benadryl to help with sleep and  itching. Oh, and oatmeal baths.

So here it is Tuesday night and I think  I can report  the mouth sore is gone and the itching has diminished to a minimum.

My goal for Thursday, “turkey day” and the day after treatment, is to lay low until late afternoon. My aunt and uncle will be here to visit and we will go over to my sister’s house.

With Zofran  and steroids on board I should be OK if  a little weak. Friday is always better and in fact, I go to work on Fridays and work most of day. This Friday I will simply be with my family.

I feel truly blessed and thankful! This Thanksgiving takes on a new meaning.