It’s been a busy busy weekend. Friday night dinner at Stan and Connie’s, with Stacia, Kev, my honey and I. It was a great time. Excellent food, as always, fantastic company ( I love you guys), and just really relaxing and comfortable. Then yesterday Karen and I headed over to Maggie’s for a pumpkin carving party (plus chocolate treat making and some great ribs… thanks again Kate!). We carved pumpkins, made chocolate pretzel treats, ate some great ribs, chatted it up with the pod (the name we all use for this particular group of women we hang out with), and watched some football and the World Series game. Also a fantastic time with a fantastic group of women. We love you guys. It’s always so good to spend time with you. This time pretty special since it was the first time we’ve been able to get together since the whole leukemia thing happened.
Today, Halloween, we are hanging at home. Karen and Kev are out doing yard work… picking up and blowing leaves. Quite the chore around here. Earlier they went to winterize one of our rentals (they also picked up a chicken sandwich and potato wedges for me… my first craving realized. :-) I have started craving stuff again. It’s a thing I really never thought about before, but craving stuff is something I haven’t done in the last few months, my appetite and such is coming back… it’s a good thing. It’s actually pretty nice out there. Perfect fall day for doing the leaf thing.
This week coming up I have a blood draw, a bone marrow biopsy, and possibly my weekly shot on Wednesday. Last week my neutrophil and white counts were down a bit after getting the shot the week before and taking the low dose chemo for a week (the red counts were up a bit, which is great for the energy level). We asked my doc some questions about it, he looked into it a bit, and ended up taking me off the pills (since Friday) and we may hold off on the shot. I will be back on both when my counts are up again. He may adjust the pill or shot amount to keep my counts from dropping too low. We don’t know how low they will go if I stay on the current doses, etc. It’s a process of finding the right thing for me. I’m still on the ATRA (I have a few days left on my 15 day cycle this round), but the other stuff, both low dose chemo, is on the back burner until after the blood test this coming Wednesday, which will happen before the bone marrow biopsy. Then, on the 10th, after another blood test, and probably a shot, we have an appointment with my doc to chat about maintenance and everything. We are trying to get the plan, and me, stabilized so that Karen and I can go to England in December and January, as planned. Everyone cross your fingers, send those vibes and prayers, wishes, and hopes, that all goes well this week and that we get everything else worked out. It would be great to meet my grandson and spend Christmas with him and his parents.
For now, today… I’m keeping track of my fantasy football teams and hoping for a couple of wins (I’m in two leagues… LOL). I am also hoping for a win for my honey. Goooooooo honey!