Wednesday, September 16, 2009


This is my fourth and last head vase. She looks most like a kind and gentle librarian, don't you think? If you don't mind stereotyping, that is. She's slightly larger than the other three. And these are sweet peas from my very own garden. This is the best crop of sweet peas I've been able to grow since we lived on Albert Avenue over 20 years ago! They smell heavenly!!

Twitch. That's what I was calling myself last night. As the evening progressed, my knees and ankles started to hurt more. The pain was more consistent and less fleeting. I also noticed some slight pain and tingling in one of my big toes. Not bad ... not the kind of thing you would probably even notice unless you were looking for it. And then the twitching started. My left eye had already done some twitching earlier but then my feet and toes started twitching. By the time I went to bed, they were so twitchy, I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep so I took another sleeping pill and let it carry me off to lala land. I'm not so twitchy this morning.

I also had a low-grade fever last night and took some tylenol just to make sure it didn't elevate in the night while I was sleeping and I hoped the tylenol might minimize some of the pains in my feet and knees. All's good. I don't feel too bad this morning and the pains and twitching are gone or have subsided for the time being.

My PICC-line isn't causing me any pain since Kevin changed the dressing. I go in to the Champion Centre today to have it flushed and redressed again.

Kevin brought me home some various flavoured waters to try and I must say that the one I tried last night was almost "refreshing". It was strawberry and watermelon flavoured and I could even taste the strawberry. Bonus. It was a nice treat to taste something. He also brought home a chocolate malt thing from Wendy's, which was not to bad either, surprisingly. Typically chocolate tastes horrible ... like chalk. But a little of the malt wasn't too bad at all. It's nice to try some things. French fries, by the way, taste icky.

In yesterday's list of side-effects, I should have mentioned that I DO NOT have problems with my nails so far and, hopefully, never will. They haven't started turning black of lifting. They are a bit brittle but I keep rubbing lotion into them. Another side effect I notice is that I'm a little off-balance, though a lot of you knew that already. I just notice it in little ways like when I walk through a door I often end up crashing my shoulder into the door jam or smashing my hip into the dishwasher when I pass ... things like that. It serves as a reminder to me to be very careful of my footing on the stairs.

Thanks, Lynn, for stopping by with a selection of jigsaw puzzles for me try. We'll see if the spirit moves.

It's a beautiful, sunny day and my goal today is to go for a walk now that I don't have to spend my "good time" chatting up SaskTel tech support for hours on end!! I haven't done enough walking. I know that. Walking is good for obvious reasons but it also helps flush the toxins through my system faster. Must walk more.



  1. Your head vases are totally awesome!! Now I know that I will be looking for these at garage sales, etc.! It was so nice to have a good visit with you the other day. We can always make each other laugh!! And I'm sure that Bobbi Jo was just shaking her head at us, and thinking "What a couple of goofs you two must have made as teenagers!" Anyway, take care, and there is a light at the end of this all, and of course you know it will be a cancer free one!!

  2. If you feel like walking over a noon hour, give me a call. I could jaunt on over, and we could go for a stroll. I am anxious to see more of your collection of hats :) Bonnie

  3. Hey Heather----glad to hear that things seem to be going well. You are a trooper!! A seriously tough cookie! It was so great that you were able to show up and share splurge night with us and glad to hear you went and splurged already!! Will check it out next month at your house I guess! I think we have 10 team members now so we are good to go for sure! Take care and see you soon!! Gail

  4. Hi Cindy! It's taken this long for me to comment back just because I've mostly been feeling so shitty. I'm happy to say I'm on a much appreciated upswing for the time being. Yes, Bobbi must think we're nuts, but that's okay. "Cancer-free" sounds wonderful! I wonder if I'll ever feel that way again? I hope so.

    Bonnie! Stroll on by anytime and play hats with me!

    Hi Gail! It is so exciting to think that I will be done this chemo stuff next month and will be able to host ... yes, HOST ... a splurge party. I can't wait. It's one of the things I hold out to myself as a carrot to keep me looking ahead to better days and that's only 5 weeks from now.

    Thanks, everyone, for getting me through this tough time! I'm only as tough as those surrounding me help me to be.


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