Friday, May 11, 2012
It's been two days since my third treatment of chemo. I have only one more treatment of this particular cocktail which means only one more PICC line!!! WOOOO HOOOO! I hate those stupid things. Even though the PICC "installation" has been so much easier the last two times, it tears my poor arm up and is uncomfortable. I feel for people who have to have to keep them for weeks/months on end...no thank you! I can definitely tell the chemo is getting harder on my body with each treatment. I'm sure my growing pregnancy isn't helping matters either. My hips have been so sore it's been hard to walk and the migraines are coming on strong lately...usually I don't have to worry about the migraines until the week after chemo, but everything happened right away after this round. It makes it hard to keep up with blogging because I typically get a migraine in middle of a writing session. With my list of complaints, it's always interesting to play the "is it from chemo or is it from pregnancy game" with the dozens of symptoms I come up time. I've heard and read from plenty of women that their second pregnancies are easier for the sheer fact that they know what to expect and realize when certain annoyances are "normal" and to just expect them rather than to be worrisome or fearful of them. I realize I have just listed a slew of complaints, but all-in-all I need to just be thankful for all the good things and that I really am doing/feeling much better than expected. I'll take weakness & exhaustion over vomiting any day!
After I had my PICC line installed on Tuesday, my mom and I headed over to the medical office building at Christ to get another sneak peek at my baby boy....The ultrasound showed that Lansing has grown to a whopping 3 pounds and he's in the 77th percentile. He's getting big and strong and makes his momma so proud already. I was told by the doc in Houston that the steroids I get with each chemo treatment help him out tremendously. I'm relieved he's doing so well. As much as I am happy he's growing, I'm a bit worried WHERE I'm going to find the space to fit his growing body! ;0) I feel like I'm maxed out already and I have a long way to go!
Robert and I are working on getting Lansing's nursery ready. I feel like I've been asked for months now if my nursery was finished already and I'm just now getting started on it. I know we'll have his room ready to go in time for his arrival, it's just so hard to prioritize these days but now that we are setting our minds to it, it's definitely a very exciting time for us!
I wanted to send a very special thank you to the "Hope for Misty Crew." My cousin Kim who lives in Atlanta, Georgia has put together a crew of her friends and family members from across the country and have been sending dozens and dozens of letters, cards, mementos of hope to keep me motivated and to raise my spirit. I do not know any of these women, but I can tell you that your words of encouragement are so endearing and inspiring to me. Thank you so much for taking time out of your lives to reach out to me and let me know your are cheering for me. Kim, you have always had the biggest heart and I want you to know this was the most kind, thoughtful idea and I appreciate it so very much! I love you!
I also want to say thank you for everyone posting comments on my blog. I promise I read each of them and each of your notes make me smile and keep me going. Thank you and it's so good to hear from you!
Finally, I want to thank my Toyota family for their continued support and encouragement. I have received many thoughtful cards and know you are rooting for me and I miss all of you. Thank you for thinking of me. <3
Peace & Love,
P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY GIRLIES: Christi, Kelli, Lauren, Heather & Alyse!