I’ve now hired a professional writer to type for me, because writing has become overwhelming. This professional writer has been working on novels for years and producing some amazing stories. Her name is Jenna. She’s my oldest sister and the closest thing I’ve ever had to a twin. It’s from her I got the idea of a WordPress blog to begin with. She runs a very successful blog of her own (insert Jenna comment: Hahaha! Haven’t written on that dang thing for . . . uh . . . )
How is Heidi doing
- I’ve now clocked 18 days in hospital, and it’s been a mental exercise in keeping positive during discomfort and a steady flow of bad news.
- Where the bad news stands now is that I have a kidney problem that is undiagnosed because we can’t risk a biopsy on such low platelets. We’re stabbing in the dark at a treatment with steroids to try and get my kidneys under control, but it’s looking like tomorrow, dialysis is on the table.
- I had a bone marrow biopsy a couple days ago that showed a high percentage of blasts, however this doesn’t necessarily mean the chemo isn’t working. It just means the marrow isn’t as empty as they hoped. Blast cells are the precursors to pretty much every bone marrow cell, whether healthy or not, so I’m in another waiting game to see if these are going to be cancer cells or not.
- Discomforts: my kidney situation has made me balloon from the waist to the thighs to degrees I never imagined possible … I literally gained 30 pounds of fluid in 3 days! Moving has become like rolling around in a water bed, not quite being able to sit up. I’m not sure if I’m the water bed or the person in this scenario. Some of my discomforts have eased over the last few days–I’m no longer throwing up. I do, however, get fluid in my lungs when I lie down. It’s very uncomfortable, and means I’m on oxygen 100% of the time. I also get uncontrollably shaky, maybe from a cocktail of anxiety, anti-nausea medicine and steroids (another good reason for a typist).
- There’s been an influx of family ready to serve, laugh, provide food, help with kids, and just hang around me for the fun of it.
- I’ve started enjoying food today.
- Last night I was able to sleep a four-hour stretch, which I haven’t been able to do in a long time due to shaking and breathing issues.
- I’ve been able to have a visit from kid each day over the last week, and those times are so sweet.
- I’ve spent time reflecting all the more on the source of my faith. My faith is doing just fine. I’m totally at peace.