My account of life both on and off of two wheels...... "At least I'm enjoying the ride"

Friday, July 9, 2010

Recap and moving forward....

As the new weekend approaches rapidly, I figured I would take a quick moment to recap on my weekend getaway and what is next in my world.

After I was given the go ahead to travel, G and I eagerly packed the car ( well he packed while I watched) and headed for Maine.
All Smiles.

But only one bike.....
But only one bike.....

That's ok, I was so happy to get out of town that I didn't even care, too much.
The sky was blue and the sun was shining and I was alive so really, I was ok with it. We had split up the 4 nights and spent 2 nights in and around Portland and 2 nights further north on an island. I really took time to relax, enjoy the great company, fantastic food and try to forget about what was coming ahead.

Here is the view from the main house on the island.

View from our room. I did not want to leave.
Heading to cocktail hour.

Vacation smiles on our nature walk

On our walk we found the sheep. Come to find, this was dinner for those that couldn't have lobster. I did apologize but from the look on their face, they were not pleased.
Sorry sweet lamb.

Thanks to my guy and his family, we had a great weekend!

So vacation is over and since we have been back, the electricity has gone out 3 times ( stupid heat wave) and I have caught a head cold. Oh well, this too shall pass.

Let's see....oh yeah. I have some ass kicking to do. Since I am starting to feel more like myself these days, I almost forgot (not really) that I still have a long road ahead of me. I have quite a list of things to finish both big and small tasks to prep for the start of my chemotherapy next Thursday. Quite a few more tests, blood work and I had my second appointment with the nutritionist that the hospital provides "free with diagnosis". Sweet! I actually have been getting a lot out of it. I have always been into the idea of nutritional therapy so I'm curious to see how this all pans out for me. She has given me a menu plan to guide me through chemo and keep me as healthy as possible while I force toxins into my body. There are lots of wonderful foods on the list that I already eat but some that I will have to start incorporating more of. Her idea is to keep me strong and hydrated through the use of whole foods. Here's hoping I can keep these foods in me...

Had my MUGA scan yesterday. It is another test but this time for my heart. I had to take yet another radioactive injection ( so if you see me glowing-ha just kidding) and they take pictures of my heart and how well it is functioning. They want to do this before I start chemo and will continue to monitor my heart throughout treatments to make sure my heart is handling the stress the drugs will be putting on it. Great!

I had my follow up appointment with Dr. D today. Did I mention that Dr. B is no longer my doctor? She was working on her fellow and well, her fellow is up. Since I only really need my plastic surgeon from this point forward, the timing works out. I have to say, I will miss Dr. B but I know she is still keeping tabs on me. I was actually quite sad about it but I know she is moving on to help other woman as she has helped me more than she will ever know. Anyway, Dr. D is also fantastic and I got to see her today. New stitches out and instead of risking anything, she super glued the area to make sure! I thought is was pretty funny but it is a super glue for the skin but I guess this is common and works like a charm. I may actually get to get one more 'fill" in my implant before I start chemo. It turns out, she works with my oncologist to time it so when my white blood cell counts are up, she can fill my implants. The reconstruction process continues to move forward so I'm pleased with that. While it is not the most important thing, it helps the ego a bit.

I have saved the really good news for last. I am allowed to up my exercise a notch and I asked Dr. D how she would feel if I took my mountain bike out on the road. A flat road of course but she said OK! Look out North County Trail, here I come! She did say I need to take it slow and easy and as long as I don't do much upper body, she thought that I might benefit from a little exercise. I would agree.


  1. WOO HOOO The ride is one! Sweet baby jeezus. Good to hear! Miss you and love you!

  2. Ohh and you too look adorable.

  3. Thanks T! A long way to go but happy to be moving forward. XO