Month: August 2017

Compression?

Giving this a try – a bit of an experiment, but I have arm compression and leg compression on + compression socks! So far it has reduced the bone pain a bit, kind of crazy, but at this point, since I can’t do the hardcore drugs (Norco) and the suggested anti-histamine option doesn’t seem to do anything. Compression? Why not! The last few days have been a bit rough with pain, but trying to decide if its worse than 5 straight days of Neupogen – its annoying since legs and arms hurt at once vs. 5 days legs legs legs legs then arms as the shots wear off, M W F gives it enough time to start wearing off, then it kicks up again, not sure if I like it! But so far, compression seems to help some, so I’m wandering around with arms and legs all covered.

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What is Normal?

Honestly, I don’t even know anymore. For me lately, that’s the thing I’d love to get back is normal. Things keep changing around me – this past week my daughter started KINDERGARTEN! To have a 5 yr old was a big change in all of this, but this year is just flying by and honestly? I don’t even know what the date is some days. Thankfully this digital age has things blinking with the number so I get it after a few hours of waking up. Pain has been a big deal lately, there was one other thing, but it’s a bit more TMI then I’m prepared to share – but a scare, only to figure out what it was (or what I guess it was) and have some peace, but this week a lot of things go into motion, some shots, some blood work for shots, a CT scan

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Farewell Debt. It wasn’t fun.

Been a few times in my life I used credit cards a wee bit much – expanding the business and needed to extend funds, then the gamble didn’t pay off, then life happened, then it got backed up – but this month I have finished off 2 lines of credit! 2! Both were closed long ago with no further transactions allowed so its just been debt I’ve been slowly chipping away at, but one was so close vs. waiting a few months to knock it down, just killed it. The other was a bit more but I just felt like why keep it hanging its the lowest hanging fruit, and it’s done. Leaves me with 3 lines of credit left, and adjusted 2 of them today to take the amounts from the other two and increase how quickly they come down, exciting stuff! The 3rd if these two jobs I

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Nerd Update

Cancer is one of those things that’s really taken up most of my time, ya think about it as you are having bone pain, curious if the treatment is helping, but tech wise at home, I’ve come to a conclusion that I want to slowly phase out my primary rig for Linux vs. Mac. Why Linux? Why not? Free, secure. I use it nearly every day from the command line as is, and even on my mac using Terminal to do a lot of common tasks – so it seems like the logical option – even looked at an option to virtualize my current Mac possibly set it up on KVM to run it on a second monitor as a dedicated piece of hardware. Then the old PC thinking of making it into a computer for the girls, something possibly Linux or ChromeOS – haven’t landed on which yet, but

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Dear Cancer…

So I’m not entirely sure when you moved in honestly – but your stay is coming to an end. Tomorrow we start 2/4 chemo – and I am thinking you are going to disappear more and more. May have knocked me down some, but I’m slowly getting back up, I’m slowly working to recover life, may not always do it well or have the energy to do everything I could do before, but one step at a time – little more energy each time. In 2 more treatments, I’m looking to hear the words “remission” or as I call it “eviction” your stay will be done. You’ve changed my body, my hair, my daily life – things will be better. Restored. Renewed. So farewell cancer. This hairstyle will be great to be rid of and go back to my amazing red locks 😀

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Cancer Update

Seems like a million years ago this all started with pain. A solid 7 months now and counting but cancer markers in the blood as well as size of the mass are all down! Now sadly doesn’t mean I am out of the woods yet, just means we are getting it under control. Did another round of chemo this past Monday full dose this time and no radiation. Feeling better ish compared to full weekly radiation but still fairly puny as chemo has side effects and one of the meds side effects is joint and muscle pain. Tylenol and Advil do very little, I have stronger meds but sadly nutrition wise, not a good idea to be knocked out. This week we visit City of Hope to ensure we are on a good path, not too concerned but first big trip and weary about the pain mainly. What a journey!

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