Friday, December 12, 2014

Doctors, Tests, Food, and Friends

It seems like I can't get through a week without a doctor appointment or a test. ***sigh*** 
I'm thankful that medicine has advanced so much that I am able to take advantage of the many tests available to help figure out my condition and therefore get me back on the road to recovery. Sometimes it's something as simple as a finger stick to check my blood for clotting time and then just 'visiting' with my oncologist. We've become friends.
Earlier this week I had 2 MRIs, one on my lower back and one on my brain. I am not claustrophobic but I still don't care for it. I was able to listen to music while the test was in progress and that helped GREATLY. Every now and then the techs talked to me and I like that. 
Yesterday I had an appointment with my cardiologist in Milwaukee (roughly 2 hours away). My good friend drove......I would NEVER go alone and with my drop foot I don't trust myself to drive in traffic. We left early, therefore arrived big deal. I had blood drawn (used to that) and then saw the NP and doctor. I am loosing water weight and can walk further than I did the last time I was there. We discussed my surgery........I am at a higher risk so it's something to think about. He adjusted my meds and also prescribed a Holter heart monitor for me. I have to wear it for 48 hours and then return it to the hospital. Ahhhh....  I need an hour appointment to get it......I said it has to be now b/c I can not just come back any ol' day. They got me right in. ***smile*** 
The nurse explained it to me and proceeded to stick the wires on. I'm not quite sure how/why the conversation started but I told her I had congestive heart failure from chemo. Lo and behold, so does Jill. She is a breast cancer survivor! Jill explained how her dog found it..,.,sniffed it out and pawed the exact location (it hurt like heck). She scolded the dog for hurting her and just let it go. But finally a good friend found out and made sure she got a mammogram and ultrasound. She told me her story and we exchanged our side effect stories, I cried, we hugged, and she gave me her #. We knew exactly what the other was talking about. I am so glad God put her in that hospital yesterday! I was still crying when she returned me to Carolee in the waiting room. She ALWAYS brings a project or 2 along to work on so is happy to get something accomplished.
Finally, after spending an extra hour at the hospital, we were ready to do some shopping. I think it was about 2 and we were hungry. We stopped at a restaurant that Carolee had eaten at before, it's nice and on the expensive side.....but hey, I live in a very small town so most places seem expensive to me. I found something with relatively low sodium (sauce on the side is my new catch phrase) and a high price.....but I haven't been out in a while so....... After that we stopped at Trader Joe's, I've never been there and didn't know what to expect. I guess I thought it would be more like a World Market, but it is a grocery store. The employee who helped us find low sodium foods was so sweet and helpful. Next we went to a coop and found a few things there. I was looking for low sodium snacks for myself and for food that I can cook for dinner. I have a start now. I'll try some things and if Kev likes it - great! If not he may have to add salt or I'll just eat it myself. I could have spend more time looking at everything (there is not a specific section for low sodium) and reading labels but we wanted to get back so Carolee could make it to the event she had on her calender that evening. She's a busy lady.
I was hungry when I got home so I had to try some of my new snacks.....yummy!
So today is a new day and I have things to do.
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Weekend!!!


  1. Linda, it so like today was a much better day. I love that you were able to do things with your friend. I love our Trader Joe's and was there yesterday. Their nuts are cheaper than Costco. Thinking of you today....blessings.

  2. Linda, Big hugs and prayers for you . I know you are having a rough time...and it doesn't help that it's that crazy time of the year either. Bless Carolee's heart for helping you. We need our loved ones and friends . Cancer effects more than the one with it. Thinking of you Linda . Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  3. It was my pleasure to accompany you to Milwaukee! I was good that you were able to get fitted with the monitor and it was certainly meant to be that it happened just when it did. You and Jill were meant to meet and share. I am sure that it was good for both of you. It is always good to find someone that really knows what you are going through. I am so glad to be able to help you as I can. Travel is good! I look forward to the trips we will be taking for fun rather than necessity. These are good; those will be better.

  4. So glad you found a "kindred spirit" in Jill. That had to be a huge lift for your spirits. Glad you are doing better. Don't know how you keep your mojo but you do and it will serve you well as you continue toward good health. I pray for you every day, sweet friend!

  5. God gave you a new friend! Cool! Bummer about your nails :( Trader Joe's employees are very helpful and I think their is a good selection of low sodium foods.

  6. Linda, Isn't it amazing that God put that gal in your life that was right where you are at? There is such a relief sometimes just in knowing that we are not alone in what we are going through-that there is someone else out there somewhere that really and truly understands.

    If you stopped at Trader Joes' on Silver Springs Drive in Milwaukee you were only about 10 blocks from my daughter's house. I love to stop there when I visit her. If they have the little triple ginger cookies they are the best I have ever had. xo Diana

  7. Linda, I have been praying for you. I can't imagine facing this decision. You have done your research, asked for reliable opinions, and you face this disease head on. I know you will make the best decision for you. I will be praying for you, your family, your medical team. I will also pray that you feel the presence of God's amazing grace surrounding you with comfort and strength. xxDazee