Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter....already?

It seems like we are in a time warp...our weeks consist of appointments for chemo, doctors and bloodwork. We are both growing weary, but hanging in there.

The really GOOD news is he has had the last of the real nasty chemo combo treatment this week.

It is a combo of first Cisplatin and then Doxorubicin.  It takes three days inpatient.
The Cisplatin is a horrible drug that causes nausea, vomiting, hair loss, loss in ability to taste food, hiccups, dry mouth, dark urine, decreased sweating, dry skin and other signs of dehydration. 10 days after he has it his body goes into a state called Nadir where he has no white blood cell count at all...he gets so weak he cannot even talk.  It scares me every single time!  The other drug is Doxorubicin which is no picnic either but near as nasty as the Cisplatin. In between this combo after a two week rest he gets Methotrexate back to back for two weeks.  He is in for 5-6 days each.  The Methotrexate only takes 4 hours to drip in, but then the remained of the time he is given a drug called Leucovorin every 4 hours to get his kidney function back to normal.  We should be done with the chemo the last week of June.  We are throwing a BIG party!

His leg is healing nicely and hopefully in a month or two he will be able to put full weight on that foot.  The new bone growth has to be substantial before he can do that....

Spring has come to Arizona in a BIG way, everything is blooming.  This is my one and only rose bush and I do nothing to it but cut it back once a year...






I just love this time of year!

 And guess who sent me a goody box???  Yup...Kris from Blissful Elements.  I had purchased the vintage Easter candy boxes, but look what else was in the box!


Kris, you have no idea how you lift my spirits with your generosity and kindness!  Thank you my friend!

I am wishing all of my family and friends a Joyous Easter!  Have a wonderful weekend, we are crossing our finger that we can have a BBQ on Sunday...


And what would this time of year be without at least one picture of my beloved Peeps!




Saturday, January 23, 2016

A box kindness arrived......


Years ago when I first started blogging I got to meet Kris Hurst who blogs at Blissful Elements.  I have gotten many wonderful holiday graphic CD’s from her over the years.  She sells at Etsy.  I was scrolling through her blog one day and happened on some items she had made to sell locally and I just fell in love! Hopefully next year they will be in her Etsy shop too.



People….she makes the boxes and all of the lovelies that go in them!  I contacted her as I just had to buy some of these as you all know my love of retro Christmas kitsch!
We talked back and forth and she asked me for my address….I told her I would pay for whatever she made….she said it was a gift…..I was so touched!  

First she sent Valentines, and not just any Valentines there are really big ones and little ones and adorable repro boxes for them! The photos do not do them justice….the large one are almost a foot tall! Adorable retro boxes remade by her, just like the Christmas ones....such a neat idea!



Then I opened another little package and this was inside….



One big box, with a medium box filled inside that and then a smaller box inside that with tags!  So many pretty images and SHINY BRITE boxes! Reds and greens, pastel pinks and mints!

These are the wonderful cards that were in the one large box….



Behind these cards was this image….



the photo is glued to the back…:)

as well as this one too…..


here is another size and style of different box….had sweet cutouts in it…



The smallest box had tags….the most adorable tags….



Needless to say I was overwhelmed…..such kindness….with all of the pain and heartache we are suffering as a family, this was such a gift !   I cannot think of words that convey how I feel Kris! 
Thanks for all of this wonderful Christmas Kitsch!




An Update on Chris:
I want to take a moment and thank everyone who has prayed, called, sent notes, and supported us through this journey we are on….we are halfway there, the surgery is done, the damn cancer is out….I am going to show you a photo of the evil that wanted to take my son….warning…it is GRAPHIC!

This is a normal femur bone….




This is what the cancer had done to his femur….this shot is of the bone on it's side...

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They ended taking most of his femur, but replaced it with a cadaver bone and flat brace…he will never go through an airport machine without lighting up all of the bells and whistles!  We have between 12-24 more rounds of chemo, depending on the results of the biopsies….but the cancer is out of my boy!  Thank you God!







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