Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My oh my...... I can't believe it's been so long since I've written on this blog. Much has happened since my last post. We had Hurricane Ike come through and spent five days with no electricity. Thank God we had a mild cool front come through to help endure the heat so it was not too bad but having no electricity really is a pain in the butt. My parents did not have electricity for I think 8 days. Luckily we did not have any major damage. Just some missing shingles and some water leaks. We lost a few fence post and lots of branches. Most of our neighbors did not fare so good though so we felt quite happy with the little damage we had. Our subdivision is older so we have huge trees everywhere and many are long gone.... ripped out at the bottom. It took three weeks to get all the trees, branches and fences picked up around the neighborhood. It's unbelievable that only a category 2 hurricane could cause so much damage!

The other big event last month was I turned the big 40. I spent the day in the hospital so it was not a fun birthday. One of the big side effects from my chemo has been really horrible, severe migraines. And I had a doozie of one on my birthday. So at least I got to spend the day on some very potent pain killers :-) Actually the last few weeks I've spent some time in the hospital because of fever or migraines. Last week I spent two days in the hospital. It was a new hospital by our house and it was the worst experience I've ever had in a hospital. I left feeling worse than when I went in.

I had my fourth chemo treatment two days ago. The treatments still take about six hours and I'm there all day. I still feel nauseous and now I get the migraines but at least I still have my appetite and am not actually throwing up. But I've put on so much weight because I still have my appetite but am too nauseous and exhausted to exercise. Other bad side effect of chemo is the horrible fatigue!! Today I have no migraine so
I'm doing pretty good but, boy, I can barely get out of bed. I'm continuing to still loose my hair little by little. I had to cut it again because it was thinning. I'm okay until I get into the shower and then it comes out a lot in my hands. It is really a gross feeling. Another side effect of chemo is bad day and night sweats so that was the other reason of chopping more of the hair off. The other day a person asked David if his son was okay!!! The nerve!!! I look like a boy now.... lovely. A boy with big boobs.... was the woman blind or am I just fat now? Anyways.......

I got a box of hats, scarves and caps from my beautiful Aunt Karen and her co-workers last month. It was a fun surprise. My dearest and favorite cousin, Susan, sent me this scarf thing from the show Survior that is the coolest invention in the world. Not only can you wear it like a million different ways but it is perfect for pulling your hair back to remove makeup!! I love presents!!

Well, that's all for now. Here is the latest photo of my short hairdo:


Tiffany said...

I'm glad you guys made it through the hurricane okay. Sorry to hear about the migraines and nausea etc.
I have some good news, I got my books. I would like to send you one. Could you please e-mail me your address?
Take care,

Rhonda said...

I wondered how you faired with the hurricane. Glad to hear it wasn't that bad for you.
Sounds like you have the best attitude you could have with all that is going on.
The fun part with your hair falling out will be to see how it grows back. My step-mom had the straightest down to her butt hair for YEARS. She lost it with chemo and it came back curly! Something for you to look forward to! :0)
Take care and thanks for updating the posts. I was wondering how you were doing.
Rhonda from Missouri

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly that woman was a blind idiot. Even with short hair you are still a very beautifulwoman. Any person can see that. I know that life is tough right now but I am glad to know that you are still the quirky optomist that I met what seems like a lifetime ago. You look truly beautiful. Just remember that you are loved by many and prayed for by all. You are greatly missed by me. I am sending my love with Kelly when she sees you next week. I am kind of jealous because I miss you and have been wanting to see you for the longest. Happy Belated Birthday and I will get your address from Kelly so that I cam begin to send you little pick me ups to keep your spirits up. You know that it has been over a year since I've seen you last. TTFN De

Katy said...

oh my goodness...I am so sorry you are having to go through chemo. I can't imagine how hard it must be. You are such a strong woman.

I must say, I think your short hair cut is very becoming on you. I know it is probably so difficult for it to be thinning like it is because of the chemo...but you have the perfect face for that short do.

I will be praying for you. I saw that you are following my blog! Thank you so much! That means a lot to me! I hope each day that passes helps you feel better!

Anonymous said...

Kelly, I think your hair looks cute that way. My mom was totally bald! And you don't look like a boy at all. I know I hair and eyelashes already match my skin color....but seeing my mom let me know what I'd look like. as for the mom gained 10 and getting to lose weight was something she looked forward to. She's clinically obese so she felt it was so unfair to have gained. But she loved the 'no shaving' part! People are don't let the woman's comment bug you. I have two beautiful little girls and some man called my oldest a boy when she was in a dress!!! Only because it was blue! Go figure!
I'm glad it's all over.

my beautiful Harriet

my beautiful Harriet
This is Harriet, my sponsor child through Compassion International. She is 9 and lives in Uganda, Africa. I've been sponsoring her for about 2 years now. She just sent me this photo and said she bought the shoes and stockings in the photo with money I sent her. Please pray for her and her family.