Alive and Kicking: Thursday, August 6, 2009

Just a brief update to let everyone know that I survived my first IP treatment. So far, thanks to the drug industry, I don't have any pain or nausea. Tomorrow will be the big test for how bad it will get as all of my steroids will have worn off by then. Fingers crossed!

I was released at 7:30 p.m. -- just about 33 hours after I was admitted. While I had FANTASTIC nursing care (love my oncology nurses!!!) and a very entertaining conversation with Dr. A, who is the fellow with Dr. E's practice, I am still very happy to be home with my loaner dog...and my mom, who has decided that she needs to spend the night with me despite my protests. I just had "dinner" -- raspberries over Ezekiel cereal and coconut milk. Nothing seemed very appealing to me after having approximately 2,000 milileters of various fluids and poison injected into me today. Well, nothing except for that old comforting standby, cereal. I think I'm starting to develop a serious addiction to the Ezekiel cereal. It's amazing how much I can love something with no sugar in it!

I have about a half dozen pills to take before going to bed. Tomorrow morning I'm off to Dr. E's office for hydration therapy (more fluids...awesome!), a Neupogen shot, and a lesson in how to self-administer Neupogen. I took lots of photos of the infusion process while in the hospital so I'll write at some point tomorrow to give everyone the blow-by-blow (or, needle-by-needle) of what went down over the last two days. Thanks to all of my visitors -- Krista, Michelle, Kristin, Melissa S., and Terri, oh and of course, Mom -- for making my stay go by much quicker.



  1. So glad you had lots of visitors and you are finally home. Miss you.

  2. Thanks for the updates, Jennie. You're handling everything like a pro (don't know if being a "pro" at cancer treatment is a compliment or not, but you know what I mean). I googled Ezekiel, and apparently it means something like "whom God makes strong." I'm not very religious, but it certainly sounds like a good thing to be eating! The endurance you're exhibiting blows away any athelete. You are the ultimate Iron Woman. I'm routing for you all the way!


  3. Hi, I don't know you at all but I am a "lurking reader" of your blog (and I know Christy and found your blog through hers). I just wanted to say that though I don't know you personally, you are one of the most inspiring women in my life. I admire your courage, strength and honesty, and I am just blown away by your endurance. Lately, when I feel like a need perspective in my life, I think of you and wonder how you would handle it. I just wanted to let you know how you've touched a complete stranger (100's of us, I'm sure), and that I am always pulling for your health and recovery - you're in my heart.