Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The saga continues…

In February when I had my PET scan it showed that there was a spot on my right breast, diagnosis undetermined. The surgeon’s office called me numerous times to get another mammogram, which I put off and put off. Finally when I went for my back x-rays on April 19th, I decided to have my mammogram on my right breast. They did both breast because it had been over a year. A couple of days later I received a call that they need to do more mammograms and an ultrasound.

I made another appointment for April 27th and when I got there they said they needed more films on both breast. Yes, I did manage to stay calm. They did the films and the radiologist looked at them and said he did want an ultrasound, both breast. After the ultrasound I met with the radiologist and he showed me the films. The left breast has two spots, which they determined to be fluid cyst – no problem. The right breast does have a spot that he wants a needle biopsy on. When they call to make the appointment I will be sure that I do not have the same person that did my last needle biopsies.

On Friday I have an appointment with my new PCP – just a consultation. If I like him I will continue with him. My main focus right now is to get off of the Coumadin. I am not sure which doctor really put me on it but it was supposed to be for one year and it is well over a year now.

I am so blessed to have all of you praying for me and I ask that you continue to pray that there is no cancer. "God sends us friends to love and lift our spirits high."

Monday, April 26, 2010

Hawaiian Volunteer Dinner 2010

The last two weeks have been the most exhausting and yet the most enjoyable weeks that I have had in over a year and a half. It was exhilarating to feel well enough to take a part in planning and implementing the volunteer appreciation dinner at the church that took place right after 2nd service on April 25th.

I made fabric squares to go under the candles. I fringed the edges and then stitched them all so they would not continue raveling. I only made one trip to the store with Rebecca to pick up supplies for the dinner. She went many, many times by herself and then carried it all to the kitchen. We rolled 170 sets of silverware and then glued a Hibiscus on each one. We worked together on the centerpieces, which were glass bowls with a candle, sand, and seashells in each one. I always do a booklet with all of the volunteers listed under the ministry they work in – many are in more than one ministry. I was able to work on that at home and have the staff go over the rough drafts in staff meeting. I talked Rebecca in to doing the cover for me. She is so good at design and I am very mediocre when it comes to design. We did so much more stuff behind the scenes. We worked hard.

Rebecca planned the menu and set the most magnificent table. I will add a picture as soon as I get one.The Hawaiian dinner consisted of pulled pork with buns, teriyaki chicken wings, frog eye salad, potato salad, green beans, sweet potatoes with pineapple, fresh fruit baskets made from watermelon, pina colada punch, and for desert – Banana split cake. (It was so good.) Everyone ate and ate. It was a really fun time.

Rebecca had to be totally exhausted because she is in the process of remodeling her kitchen and dining room and she was doing all the painting herself while planning this whole dinner. Yep, she was working day and night and was worrying about me overdoing it. I will be the first to admit that I was worn out – but I made it. I know that God was watching over me and I am so thankful to Him. I must admit that I did have to give up when the cleanup started - I did help a little.
"When you work with all your heart, motivated by the love of Christ, your work will be transformed into an act of worship for God." ~Rick Warren

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Doctor problems for the first time

Am I the only who thinks the year is speeding by? I cannot believe how fast it is going. A friend has reminded me that I have not updated my blog since Easter and is wondering if I am okay. Yes, I am okay and feeling rather fine right now (except for the back). I am getting some energy back and currently working on a couple of hour consuming projects at the church. It is so nice to feel good so that I can help out again. I have missed it so much over the last year and a half.

On March 26th I had an MRI on my lower back. And now, I do not have another appointment until May 3rd. I guess it is safe to say that I am now changing my PCP for lack of interest and communication on her part. This is the first time that I have had a problem with Kaiser. I have been treated extremely well by all of the doctors that I have seen except for my PCP. I have not seen her since July 2008 because I have been seeing only specialist. It was obvious that she had not read my record before my appointment and was not interested in anything that has happened over the past year.

I did ask her to refer me to a specialist. She did, but I am not sure what she put in the record because my appointment on the 3rd is with a PA and not a doctor. They were surprised that I had not had an x-ray on my back yet. So I need to do that before I see the PA. I am in hopes that I can see the PCP that I have picked before my appointment with the neurosurgery department. The only thing that I know at this time is that the diagnosis in the PET scan was; “Osteoarthritic changes are identified in the facet joint of the lumbar spine.” Let it be known that I am not interested in surgery, but I am interested in injections if it will help the pain and get me off pain pills.

I still like my little apartment and the view is marvelous. On May 1st I will have been here a year already. Just doesn’t seem possible. As much as I miss Mario I know that he is better off where he is and he has a really good life and family. Ember and I do fine but I do have to remember to spend some time each day just entertaining her.

Life is good and I praise God each and every day for the extra time he has given me. I have decided that as much as I would like to go back to Hawaii – I had my time there. So I am trying to plan some trips this year to see family. Trips that I have put off for too long.

I will be sure to update my blog again after I have my appointments. Sorry, I won’t let it go so long next time.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

He has Risen Indeed!


Happy Easter
to all of you as you celebrate the
Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Alleluia! He is Risen!