Posts Tagged "chemo"

My Wobbly Bicycle, 57

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Archive | 4 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 57

Snow’s coming down today at a deliberate angle, not floating like fairy-wings, so we must be moving past lake-effect into “real” snow, now that the bay is so cold. Maybe another five inches tonight. We have so little room behind our house, the snow gets dumped in a gigantic heap in the one spot. I haven’t minded any of this until yesterday when there was a brief melt and we had water in great pools, then ice. But here comes more snow, covering it all up again. That’s the beauty of northern winters. I think of Jerry Dennis’s gorgeous and lyrical book, The Windward Shore: A Winter...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 50

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Archive | 18 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 50

I could change the name of my blog to Doctors, Ad Seriatim. I’m posting this early because today we’re heading downstate, to Ann Arbor, having a pre-op consultation for Jerry’s very-big-deal back surgery on Dec. 3. He’ll be in the hospital for about a week, rehab after that. About six months’ recovery time. Another winter of hunkering down and getting better. How will this be for us, after last winter? A friend wrote to say how glad she was to see that I feel like relegating cancer to a much lesser position in my posts. The last two, it’s hardly been there. True. I think...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 42

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Archive | 19 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 42

My last swim was at 7:15 p.m. last Thursday, Sept 19th, water temp. 68, air 70. It was such a beautiful evening that even though I’d taken a fairly long walk with my uncle that afternoon, I decided to swim. It was supposed to rain on Friday, and I had to pack up and leave, anyway. It’s easier to leave in bad weather. It did rain. But it’s no fun to go in and out to the car with coolers, blender, food processor, boxes of food, clothes, clothes on hangers, my 10 lb. weights, lawn chairs to repair over the winter, wicker rocking chair to take to the re-weaver, computer, printer—pretty...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 31

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Archive | 12 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 31

You may have been with me since the first “My Wobbly Bicycle” post last December, when I first told you about my cancer. I’m thinking of all the ways one might read the arc of these posts: (1) an opportunistic and narcissistic spilling of the guts; (2) a brave and aware facing of a serious illness; (3) evidence of the grace of God and the power of many prayers; (4) my own little self-help-by-writing-program; (5) evidence of the value of meditation; (6) my simply doing what I do, which is writing stuff down. Which of these is “true”? What have I left out? Here’s what I said that...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 29

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Archive | 31 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 29

Hooray! My white count was 1.1. I needed 1.0, so I just squeaked by. I had my last chemo yesterday. It took two tries this time to find a decent vein. The first time the needle went in, but some scar tissue probably blocked the chemo’s flow enough to cause pressure and discomfort, so the nurse went to the other arm, the most battered one, and managed to find a good spot. Although today there are little sore nodules all along the vein. I’ll continue to have blood tests for three weeks, and today I go in for a Neulasta shot to boost my white blood cell production.  I’m in the “chemo...

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