Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hair Raising!!

Im feeling so much better and getting back into the swing of things. Yesterday I had my chest x ray and blood tests ready to see Dr Phan tomorrow.. but quite honestly I dont think his fears of pneumonia will be realized as Im breathing almost to full capacity.
Today Im pondering something... a bit of vanity creeping in. As you can see from my pics my hair is growing back quite fast. Its fluffy.. a bit grey...still patchy.... and sticking straight up!! I always spent a lot of time doing my hair... If my hair wasnt right...then I wasnt right. When I was a little girl... my hair didnt really start growing til I was in my terrible twos. Until then I just had a strip of hair down the middle..which my family affectionately called my 'Mohican" I didnt have my first hair cut til I was 4 or 5.. and the family used to say my hair was growing inwards!! I was so jealous of my cousins lovely long thick blond locks...sigh! Fortunately.. I dont think Im having that problem in this regrowth... even tho its a bit thin at the sides.
Anyway..I digress. The question Im asking myself is.. My hair is looking quite tatty and uneven, The hair on top is sticking straight up. Should I should trim it or just leave it? Will cutting it encourage quicker growth? Will it eventually start lying flat? What would be best?
I was hoping that it would grow back naturally blond...with a slight curl. I dont think thats happening. Ahh well.... there's always "Nice and Easy".. lol
Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Monday, September 25, 2017

Meal Plan Monday

During my cancer journey I lost motivation for many things..and I procrastinated a lot. But now I'm feeling so much better and I'm trying to get my life back on track and organizing is a big part of that. Its been a very long time since I did any menu planning. so its about time I started. I'm cooking more and I'm even going to do some baking this week. Its been months since I made cookies. So here's this weeks offering

Weekly Plan - 25th September 2017
Monday             Salisbury Steak, Baby Potatoes, Broccoli in Cheese Sauce

Tuesday             Chicken Tacos

Wednesday        Pork Chops, Mashed potatoes and corn

Thursday           Mesquite Chicken, Rice, Salad

Friday                Salmon and Vegetable Kebabs, Baby Potato Salad

Spinach and Mushroom Pizza

Sunday               Eating Out

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Catching Up..

Its been a few days... so I thought I had better check in with you all. Im feeling a lot better... breathing easier.. although I still cant quite fill my lungs to capacity. But still.. MrD and I have decided to risk it and tomorrow afternoon we are going to spend a few hours at the LA County Fair. It will be lots of walking but Im so glad Im not going to miss it
Its been quite a full week so here's a few snippets..
Monday I actually made it to the dentist... the first time since I have been in the US. I was a bit worried as during the chemo I had lots of mouth problems...and only being able to use a soft toothbrush I thought there may be lots of cavities. But... no fillings for me!.In fact she was very pleased with my teeth..and all that was needed was a good scraping of the plaque build up. Going back in a couple of weeks for her to finish the job
Coincidentally... Monday was also National Cheeseburger Day.. so on the way home we stopped at Black Angus and treated ourselves.. Very Big ...and very tasty...but it was straight back to healthy eating on Tuesday..

I had a lovely surprise in the mail... a photo of my grandson... and he drew me a picture too. Im not sure what it is... but he's a child genius so he may be a future Picasso. It sure did make me smile and its now taking 'Pride of Place' on my fridge
I have managed to get out for a couple of walks...not too far.. but its wonderful to to be outside. Autumn/Fall has finally come to California and its lovely to see the season change even if its only with the occasional tree . It still dosnt feel like autumn...with blue skies.. palm trees and its 85 degrees. I've started to decorate our home with pumpkins.. sunflowers and pine cones
I've also got my stitching bug back. I have full feeling back in my fingers..its just my eyesight thats a bit rubbish now... black on black is so hard. I have made some Halloween ones for my Etsy shop. 
So thats it.. its been a good week.. and Im getting myself back on track.. And thats so cool!

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bye Bye ....

So.. I went to see Dr Phan yesterday. It was a bit late as Tuesdays appointment had to be postponed as I was in hospital... but he also wanted to see if my breathing was better.
We discussed a lot..but the main thing he told me is...
I well and truly kicked its butt!!
It didnt quite hit me til this morning... and I cried... So did MrD. Its been a long haul... and really scary at times... although I never really admitted just how much. I have been stabbed by more needles that I thought I could ever endure. Slept more than I thought I ever needed. And vomited more than I thought humanly possible
But through it all... I never doubted that I would beat it. I had so many people willing and praying for me to win... and I knew the Lord was with me every step. I never once lost Faith. The thought of seeing my kids and grandson again in March... and being there for the birth of my new grandbaby kept me going.
So all that left now are blood tests every three months and the occasional scan to make sure its not coming back. If it tries.. I think it should be very afraid cos its picked the wrong girl!
Unfortunately my breathing isnt yet 100% and Dr Phan fears it still may turn into pneumonia. So this week I have to go for another chest xray and blood tests, But if I can kick cancer this will be a doddle

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Home Again

After spending a couple of days in hospital.. I am home. On Monday morning I was admitted with breathing difficulties and a temperature of 102. Dr Tran at the hospital says it is severe bronchitis... although Dr Phan thinks it may turn into pneumonia. Whatever it is.. it was quite scary struggling to take a breath. But I have antibiotics.. an inhaler.. super strength cough and chest medicine.. and an option to get a nebulizer if needed (which I dont think I will)

I know I pushed myself too hard last week... and I also left it too long to call the doctor, I had been struggling all weekend.. but didnt want to bother anyone and foolishly thought I was strong enough to deal with it myself. I have learnt my lesson
So a few days of resting wont harm... and I am being looked after brilliantly (as usual) by MrD
I am very blessed
Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Not Too Good.

I'm feeling unwell today...

Very hot one minute ..chilly the next

I have quite a cough which leaves me breathless..

Not to worry..

MrD is looking after me like a champ

and making sure I eat
I will soon be feeling better

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Friday, September 8, 2017

Still Thankful

Well... I did it again.. I pushed myself too hard yesterday so I was really tired today. I managed to do everything on my list... as well as walking to the supermarket and meeting MrD after work... but I barely passed 4,000 steps. Not good but better than 400 right? 

The sores on my legs are quite painful.. as are the ones on my scalp and a few new ones on my neck and back. Im hoping its just the last of the chemo side effects. Im sure Dr Phan will tell me when I see him on Tuesday.
But still...I have plenty to be thankful for so no complaints

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Burst of Energy

I had such a burst of energy today... so did over 8,000 steps... 
pretty amazing really. 
I walked... I cleaned.. I cooked 5 Shepherds Pies for the freezer... 
and am now collapsed in a heap! 
I'm tired ...but happy Im feeling like my old self.

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x