Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday morning

Laura is feeling well. Easing off the pain med's rapidly, and starting to do some modest exercise (walks outside, maybe an exercise bicycle today). Her top concern: is she too "big" ?

I have done my best to reassure her.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

she's doing well

Very quick update: Laura's doing well, took some pain medicine, etc. She hasn't passed out on the bathroom floor yet, so that's a good sign. Boys are good, too, playing with Risk. More, tomorrow.

Surgery went well...

Laura's excellent surgeon came out, and everything went well. I should get to see her in about 30 minutes, and I expect we'll be leaving the hospital in about 90 minutes.

I did spend a few minutes just now talking philosophy, politics, and venture capital with her surgeon. A bit random, I'll admit.

More update, later.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Surgery tomorrow

Hi everyone.

As is obvious, I haven't kept up with the blog for weeks and weeks. We've been gradually returning to "normal life" -- or at least some new normal. Often as two steps forward, one step back, but hey, that's still progress.

Tomorrow is one step back, then two steps forward: she's undergoing surgery to remove the tissue expanders, and the intravenous port, and having the regular silicone implants. It's a 2 hour, general anesthesia procedure, but better than the last one for sure.

I will update the blog tomorrow re: her status, though the surgery itself isn't until late morning, so don't be alarmed if there's no update until later in the afternoon.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

out with a bang

"Am I usually this much a waste of space on a Sunday?" she asks me.

Yes, I respond.

Laura's last Chemo was Thursday, and of course her last Neulasta was Friday. Will soon be cause for celebration. "soon" because we still have a couple days of unpleasantness to get through, but by Wednesday I expect she'll be running two miles on the treadmill.

And, of course she has to go out with a bang. This morning she goes into the downstairs bathroom and sits down on the floor. OK, that's an improvement over the last couple times. I go to check on her. A few seconds later, she's going completely unresponsive, pallid lips, eyes rolling backwards into her head (!), and starts breathing like our dog Wallace (cross between an old man snoring and a buzz saw). Like that for 10 - 15 seconds.

She's fine now, or at least normal for the Sunday after chemo. Lying in bed, will soon be asleep.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

up...and down

Now Sunday morning, 3 days after Laura's 5th chemo treatment.

For the most part, I'd say it's actually the mildest set of side effects yet. Modest nausea (though in the middle of the night there was some), less fatigue than before (she was actually up & about for a good part of yesterday).

On the other hand, this morning I went downstair to fetch a cup of coffee for her. I'm almost done making the coffee, and I hear a modest groan from upstairs. "OK," I think to myself, "that doesn't sound real good. But knowing Laura, probably its a sign that she really wants her coffee." I finish getting the coffee in the cup, and take it upstairs to her.

I see her sprawled out, on her back, on the bathroom floor. Eyes open, lips pallid.

It took her a few seconds before she would respond to me (and I had coffee for her, so this was unusual!). I'd say she was about 10 seconds away from my calling 911, but then she did acknowledge my existence.

At this point, she's fine. Complaining that I'm now overprotective, and presently asleep again, but fine. She claims she didn't fall, she just decided to rest...suddenly...on the bathroom floor.

Just another post-chemo weekend.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Well, here we are

I know, its like I've abandoned the blog.  Didn't mean to, just trying (somewhat successfully, but only somewhat) to not have cancer as the central element of my life.

Laura had chemo yesterday.  Today we are at the dr office for neulasta, and then I tend to her for the weekend.  ("Oh cabana boy!  I need some banana bread please.")

I think she looks very cute in that hat.