health

PICC Me

   As has been the case since the beginning of my cancer treatment adventure, the anticipation and anxiety created by an upcoming procedure, has been worse than the procedure itself. The one exception has been having to give myself fourteen injections, that was worse than I had thought it would be. On Day One of […]

Like It Isn't Bad Enough

  The time is finally here for me to head to the hospital for my stem cell transplant. I been home for the last few weeks, allowing my body time to heal from all the puncture wounds that it sustained during the ‘harvest’. Giving me some time to regain my strength, so I can handle […]

Was It Ever Close?

When the coronavirus first arrived, I thought that this was it. This was the thing that the world needed to bring it together. A common foe that would galvanize the species. At the outset it looked like I might be right. The ‘smart’ people stepped up and took charge, and we listened to what they […]

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The Harvest- Bringing In The Sheaves

I know this is redundant for you, my loyal reader, but at one point or another this information will be shoved into this article, so let’s get it over with. Stem cells help my body to create blood cells. Red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout my body, white blood cells to help me combat […]

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The Harvest- Growing The Crop

When I was young and had a fever, my mother would give me an aspirin. If that didn’t work, she would give me two. Also, since aspirin could cause stomach discomfort, and being the good mother that she was, she always had me swallow them with milk to protect my stomach. Skim milk!! Like that […]

The Harvest- Prepping the Field

The second stage of my cancer treatments have begun. I am calling it the ‘harvest’ stage. Over the course of ten days, I will take medications that will prepare my body for the ‘harvest’. Having a harvest requires a crop, and in my case, the crop are the stem-cells that my body creates. I’m not […]

The Covid Connection (Snow Job Pt 2)

I guess it was inevitable after two years that I would finally have contact with the dreaded virus, COVID-19. It wasn’t, the I had contact with a guy that may have had contact with a guy that had definitely been in contact with some one that had the coronavirus, sort of contact.  No, this was […]

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I have finished my fourth round of chemotherapy. The therapy has been a weekly event, and has been going on for the last sixteen weeks. Every Thursday, I take 20 pills for breakfast. I then drive to the hospital, where I receive a needle in my stomach. Does it sound like fun yet? Swallowing 20 […]

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A Little Poke

I feel like a pin cushion. I don’t like needles, but they have become a regular part of my life since my initial diagnosis. Blood tests, injections and IV’s have all left holes up and down my arms. I guess it’s not as bad as it could be, but damn, every time somebody says, “just […]

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The Pain is Adjective

In the world today, there are two reasons to go to a hospital emergency room. You are sick with the coronavirus and can’t breathe, or you can’t stop the bleeding. If it is anything else, you phone first. In Canada, that is the state of affairs when it comes to healthcare. Yes, I know I […]

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