Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy International Women’s Day!

Hello Sweet Blog Angels
WOW can you believe it’s March all ready. WOW can you believe it’s Only March. I can’t believe so much has happened this year. On the other hand I can’t believe it’s taken so long to get this far. The good news is as of today I  have only 10 radiation treatments and 1 Chemo treatment to go. I’ll be done in two weeks!!!  Hopefully test result will show the cancer is gone and I’ll be feeling my old self soon.

Jim and I had a few fabulous days. We got to go shopping and out to lunch a few times and breakfast once. We didn’t go anywhere special but we put all our troubles aside for a while and enjoyed each other‘s company.

Seems not a week goes by that something doesn’t go pear shaped for me. Prior to all this I drank ice water 24/7, I just loved the stuff. I never dreamt Chemo would make water taste horrible but it does. As a result I haven’t been drinking enough fluids and got myself dehydrated. My BP dropped down to 66/52. NOT Good. I needed an IV to bring it up. Doctor noticed my heart has begun to skip beats so he ordered an ECG. A nurse told me it’s all good but the print out says ‘Abnormal ECG’ I’m not sure what that means. I’m working hard at drinking enough fluids. The good news is I’ve been able to hold myself at a steady weight.

To add insult to injury I’ve somehow hurt my back. Thankfully I have the best chiropractor on the planet. If you live near Yakima and need one Dr. James Patten is your guy! 

 Like I said something happens ever week so we try to make the most of the good times and look forward to the end of all this.
I hope you are each enjoying lots of good times and making the best of them.   
Love, Hugs & Blessings


  1. So glad to hear from you, Bernie. Sorry about your back. Goodness, when it rains, it pours. But, it is great you're keeping your weight up and looking at the end of those treatments in two weeks. That is very good.
    So glad you and your hubby had some good times together just enjoying each other. I'm sure it did both of you a world of good.
    Stay strong and positive. Sounds as if better times are coming soon. Hugs to you!

  2. so pleased you are almost through your treatment, having some special days with your Husband will help you both remain good you sound bright and managing to keep up your weight
    special prayers coming your way
    Tilly x

  3. It's really lovely to see your blog coming up Bernie and it must be so tiring and you are managing to let us know all of your news good and bad you are so strong for each other and it sounds like all is going well.... so pleased you enjoyed your days out and that your keeping your weight good too! as Benzi says keep strong and stay positive l'm counting the weeks when you finish your treatment and do remain positive take care and sending lots of love xxx

  4. So glad to see that the treatment is nearly over. My son could not drink plain water so he put some diluting orange into it and drank it by the pint. So good to see that you have remained so positive - keep it up. Take care.

  5. You are well on your way to recovery, Bernie! Yippee!! I'm so sorry about the water tasting horrible and the back problems, but I'm glad you aren't letting it stop you and that you and Jim have managed to get out and have some relaxing times! That's good for the soul and good for replenishing the much-needed energy.

    Now, what can we do about replenishing your fluids? I suppose beer is a no-no? Sparkling water? Water with lemon? I'm sure you will get some great tips from others who have been through it. That's the wonderful thing about this online community! We continue to pray for you and pull for you, Bernie! Thanks for taking the time to give us an update! Hugs and love, Darnell

  6. I'm so glad that the end is in sight! Keep hydrated! Still praying for you and Jim.

  7. Lovely to hear from you Bernie :) Good to hear your treatment is nearing an end and your attitude is still so positive. Take care and keep taking those fluids. Carol x

  8. So Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery... Keep Hydrated... hugs & prayers on their way... May x x x

  9. I'm so glad things seem to be getting better for you! How lovely to go on a 'date' with your Significant Other, it sounds like you had a great time! Keep smiling, hun!

    much love, Mags B x

  10. Oh my golly gosh Bernie!! I'm just palying catch up before I go to bed and your post popped up - MADE my day!!

    ALmost there honey - so glad for you. I think the foul taste is very normal, but don't know enough to help. Maybe lemon barley or weak cordial would take the edge off it?

    And a date with Jim -that sounds like fun - hope you behaved OK :)

    Love and hugs, Di xx

  11. Bernie, just popped over here on the chance you might have a post. Oh my, so good to read this from you. Sorry there are little hiccups along the road, but you are keeping your attitude positive, & time is passing, getting each treatment behind you. I'm so happy for you both that you were able to get out & enjoy some relaxing time. I have heard the 'taste' comes back, so hang in there, and drink as much as you can. Maybe lemon water??Or lime juice in it? Dunno what your tastes are, but you know you gotta keep hydrated. Not long now. Keep up the good work. Prayers & Hugs coming your way.

  12. Hi Bernie - ah like other just popped over and wow that is superb that you only have two weeks to go - and praying hard it will be all clear.

    - well that was one bad BP no wonder they were really concerned but at least the tabs are on the right places, for you, like your heart, etc. pray no lasting damage there as well. Medication can send your heart crazy has happened to me when receiving treatment but is only for duration of meds so probably that is what was meant.

    ah and shoulder as well -rest and ice is good for that :D God bless, Bernie, Shaz in Oz.x

  13. Hi Bernie

    So pleased that the end of your treatment is in sight .. .. it has certainly been one heck of a journey for you.

    I was happy to read that you and Jim are able to get out a little and enjoy some "normal" things.

    Take care and keep up the positive attitude.

    Love Jules xx

  14. I am so pleased that you are nearing the end of your treatments Bernie! I pray that this darn cancer has been ran out by the chemo!! I am glad that you are getting out here and there with your hubby. Please take care of yourself and keep your fluids up. I know it is hard as the chemo doesn't make things taste very appealing but try. We want you better and back to having fun and posting!!! Big hugs to you and thank you for the update!!

  15. Hi, hun, just popping by to say that there's an Award for you on my blog, should you choose to accept it, as they say!

    I hope things are improving for you, lovely lady. Happy St Patrick's Day!

    love Mags B x

  16. So pleased that things are ging your way. Keeping you in my thoughts.
    Hugs Mrs A.

  17. Keep going Bernie . . . xxxx


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