Friday, September 21, 2007

Hooray!

All your thoughts and prayers must have worked. The cancer did not spread to the bone marrow! I cannot tell you how relieved I feel knowing that. They said the results would not be back for 4 days, but apparently my FIL has some major power of persuasion.

Today we had a visit from a home health nurse. She showed me how to flush John's PICC line for chemo. That was an interesting experience. I never thought I'd be doing something like that. It's simple and easy enough, but strange nonetheless. I guess you could start calling me McDreamy.

John had to have another biopsy surgery yesterday. The sample that they retrieved the first time was too fibrous and it was hard to get a good read on it. Luckily he didn't have to stay overnight and was able to rest comfortably at home. He's tired, but feeling well. I'm tired because I kept waking up to check on him. Everytime he'd cough or move, I'd say "are you ok??" He'd respond, "I'm fine, just go back to sleep." Of course, easier said than done, and now I'm really feeling it. I would have taken a nap if I hadn't been so consumed with trying to clean up for the nurse. I didn't want her to think we were complete slobs. I wonder what she did think of our house anyway. It is a huge mess. One that I'm willing to live with for the time being.

Anyway, all is well for now. We'll probably meet with the doctor next week to discuss chemo options. He'll probably have the option to either do a less intense treatment for longer, or a shorter one that is more frequent. I have no idea how that will work out.

I'm glad to be past all the initial tests. They think that it is probably Hodgkin's disease, but we'll know for sure (hopefully) in a couple of days. Once the chemo starts it'll probably be a whole new journey.

I wanted to say thanks again for all your kind words. They really have helped me get through the initial shock of it all! I'll probably return for some regular crafting posts this week. I'm finally starting to feel like I'm not running around like a chicken with my head cut off!

18 comments:

moonrie said...

good sewing, good blog, good sewing blog!

:P

Sarah and Jack said...

Oh Katie, don't worry about the house! The nurses know that they are there during a time or turmoil. I am glad to hear it has not spread!

Jenn Maruska said...

I am glad to hear that it has not spread, too! Both of you rest up!

Karyn said...

I'm glad you had some great news!!! And please, the state of the mess of your house is the last thing you should be worrying about!!!! (But I would too!)
Rest up! Get sewing!!

Meg said...

Praise the Lord, some good news. You'll be a regular Nurse Nancy. That was my favorite Little Golden Book when I was a kid in the 50's. It was called Nurse Nancy and Dr. Dan, and the book even came with a bandaid. LOL

Mary said...

Katie, that's such good news! Sorry to hear about the repeat biopsy; hope that part is no over. Y'all remain in my thoughts!

Breanna said...

Oh Katie, I am so happy for you guys! You'll get the hang of the PICC line quick enough, it just takes a little getting used to. Feel free to send me an e-mail if you ever need any nursing support. I hope you can catch up on some sleep this weekend!

lera said...

I'm happy to hear your good news. I've been thinking a lot about you lately.

Anina said...

Woohoo! That's wonderful news. Don't clean up for the nurse. You have more important things to do right now. And remember to keep taking care of yourself if you want to be there to take care of your family.

Lesley said...

I'm really pleased for you both that you've had good results. Don't worry at all about the house. The nurses will have seen all sorts and they know how hard it is for families in your situation. Take the time to nap as the housework can wait.

kirsten said...

congrats! i'm glad things are not worst case scenario! good luck to you all.

thepinkkitchen said...

I just heard. I'm hear to say you are in my thoughts. You'll get through this and I'm glad you have your blogirls to help.

Cheers! LA

I am Jen said...

So glad to hear the good news. Um, our house looks like a train wreck for no reason at all, so don't worry about it. There are more important things going on than a martha perfect house. :)

beki said...

I'm so happy to hear this!

Chara Michele said...

So glad to hear this bit of good news! Your family is still in my thoughts & prayers. Hoping that the chemo and treatment go well!

Pretty sure that the nurse probably would have been shocked if your house was perfectly clean! :) I think you have good reasons for not having a clean house (and besides how many of us don't have anything major going on & we still don't have clean houses)...

Felicia said...

I'm so glad to hear your news!

iSew said...

I'm sure the nurse has seen worse. The house is the last thing you should be worrying about. I'm glad things are looking up & I hope John does well with his chemo.

Rebecca said...

{{HUGS}}. Go McDreamy!