Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Merry Christmas

This Christmas season is turning out to be a bit different than I had hoped for. I saw myself Christmas morning taking pictures of the kids as they opened gifts. I would induldge in a cup of coffee while listening to the fire crack and crinkle.

I think it is safe to say that I will probably be spending Christmas in the hospital. I was admitted on Wednesday. I have what is called a fistula or tear in my intestines. I will be having tests tomorrow to determine exactly where that tear is and then my doc will be able to formulate her game plan for fixing me up. I might even get my hernia repaired! I won't have any details until later tomorrow so I hope to put some information out there for everyone as soon as I can.

In the meantime, I am spending time reading, knitting and working on crossword puzzles. I have the computer to research more information as I get it and things are really not so bad.

Having had my first round of doxil and avastin, I should be experiencing the compromised immune system side effects over the next ten days or so, so it might be a good thing that I am being monitored so closely by the medical establishment. While I appreciate (and am flattered) that you might want to visit me, I think it would be best to keep our germs as separate as possible as this is not a time for me to pick up anything. I do not want them to postpone surgery for any reason!

My doc is encouraging the continuation of the Vit C infusions as they will help in recovery and healing. As soon as I can have food and drink again, I will be able to continue those treatments.

My gang is doing alright. This is no fun for them either but they are working hard to help out at home, get their own Christmas shopping done and have a good holiday. Please just put us in your prayers, send us your positive energy, chant for us, whatever your method is, include us in it. Things are not ideal, but we will be okay. We just keep putting one foot in front of the other and we will be okay.


nat said...

Oh no! I am so sorry you are in the hospital! At least they will be able to fix that tear in your intestines.

Doxil was really easy on me, except for the problems with swelling and sore feet. I never experienced tiredness - as a matter of fact, I painted my dining room (at least eight coats - I couldn't get the color right! :) ) during that time. I hope that it is even easier on you - and that it WORKS for you. I had that treatment over the summer this year. We even went to Hawaii while I was on Doxil.

I hope that they fix you up quickly and that it is easy on you. Hang in there!

earl said...

What a boorah to spend the hols in the spital. Since I mayn't visit, I am sending my germs by google: MMMwah!

Love ya,