Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Kevin's Home from Minneapolis ...

... we broke out a new bottle of disinfectant wipes!

He's pretty sick but I think he had a pretty good sleep and, hopefully, has turned the corner. He'll see the doc and get checked over this afternoon.

I also had a good sleep last night, remarkably. I thought the tender skin would keep me awake but ... maybe ... when chemo dishes out an unpleasant side effect such as "tender tissue", it also mercifully gives you fatigue. How thoughtful. I slept quite well. When I went to bed my skin even hurt where my pillow touched so I had been a little skeptical.

Now, I must get cleaned up and go to that place (I don't like calling it "The Cancer Centre". Surely there's something more pleasant or amusing. Help me out here, please!) and get my PICC-line flushed. It has to be flushed every week to prevent infection. What I find most inconvenient is that, in order to get cleaned up, I need to securely enclose my arm and the PICC-line in protective plastic all taped in place because the PICC-line parts CAN NOT GET WET! I still haven't figured out how to do this on my own and I wasn't offered some handly little device to slip over it to make washing easier. What was recommended ... and this is what I've been doing ... is slitting the end of a sandwich bag, sliding it over my arm and having someone tape both ends securely to my arm. I know there's a better way. I just haven't thought of it. If Dad were here, he would have thought of something by now. I just know it. If anyone has any tips or ideas, please share!

Another beautiful day out there! I read the paper on the deck with my bowl of oatmeal, blueberries and banana. Stomach is A-okay! Heartburn ... no biggie. Even my skin is less tender this morning. Maybe I'll feel normal after a good cleaning. Of course, a haircut would help ... Carol!

By the way, thanks Roger (I'm guessing it was Roger) who left a bag of rhubarb at my door. By the way, did you know that 1 cup of cooked rhubarb contains twice the amount of calcium as milk?!! It's also high in potassium and contains a fair amount of iron. There you go. Rhubarb. Good stuff.

Enjoy this morning's garden photo. I don't know what this flower is but it is one of the first spring bloomers in our garden and I love it.


  1. Heather I really think we should call it the champion center after all you're there and you will win!!!! Just a thought. I love being able to keep up to date on this. Thank you sooo much me and Patty are loving it and checking up on it dailly. Keep it up champion!!!


  2. "Champion Center" is good Ron....or perhaps the "Cure Center"...anything to put a positive spin on it....


  3. Hey, Ron! Thanks for stopping by! I think "CHAMPION CENTRE" is brilliant! That's soooo much better and so much more fitting with my "We're here. Might As Well Win" motto inspired by your lovely wife!

    Have I told you lately that you two make a great team? Glad you're on mine, too!

    Thanks, Ron!


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