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Remicade Rocks! (part 2)

Wow! What a difference a day makes! Or maybe, it's a full night's sleep. Last night is the first night I slept through the whole night with out waking up in about a week and a half. Shannon took the boys to school which allowed me to sleep in until 9:30! Complete bliss.
It's amazing how clear your mind can be after a sound sleep. I think I can actually accomplish something today. Except--all I want to do is go play and celebrate feeling good again. That is what I will do. I just decided. The laundry will be here when I am done playing, as will the dishes and other chores. And, if I am smart about it, I can get some slave labor out of the kids after school...it's all in the timing.
Still having a few rumbles in the colon but not enough to dampen my fun. If I'm careful with what I eat then I should sail right through the day. My hips are still achey, but again, I plan to push right through that. I think if they are still bothering me next week, I'll head to my join…

Remicade Rocks!

Ahhh, today was Remicade day. My six week pick me up appointment! 
Things are going well with my port now. What used to be a harrowing experience of getting an IV started has now turned into a much more relaxed and routine infusion!
I numb the area with a lydicane cream 30 minute prior to the appointment so the "hooking up" part isn't bad at all. The port insert has healed nicely and is not as noticeable. My nurse is able to draw blood from the area as well so no more sticks in the arms! 
I still haven't quite caught up since my surgery though. I was 2 weeks late in receiving my remicade treatment after surgery and it has definately taken a toll on me. Since I've been on a 6 week schedule I have felt great the entire 6 weeks but going 8 weeks between appointments is too long. I begin to feel very run down and exhausted in the 7th week and the 8th week brings signs of colon trouble. Now that I am back to 6 weeks, I find I am still struggling with the exhaustion part.…

cranky colon

I am so sick of my colon. It is on my last nerve right now. While my doc assures me that I am still in remission, my colon still reminds me of it's diva like presence on occasion. My inflammation markers in the blood work done every six weeks aren't even detectable which is HUGE as this is a sure sign of remission. I believe the doc when he tells me this, however, my cranky colon still acts up now and then. The last few days have been a little rough with yesterday being the worst. I was able to go about my regular day with exception of 400 trips to the bathroom, until yesterday. It started with a sleepless night and after sleeping in a little I went back to bed an hour after getting up. I didn't have energy to do anything productive, then after lunch the cramping began, not to mention that I'm still going to the bathroom like crazy. I took another cat nap before picking kids up from school then came home and laid down again. This time I slept deep and hard. When Thomas…

CHS Prom 2010

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Shannon brought up a very interesting point, please don't tell him I said so. He brought to my attention how quick I am to change my mind. Can't decide if this is good or bad...
Point in question- CHS Prom. Now Erik is a freshman, mind you, and his girlfriend just happens to a junior and so the topic of prom arose. I had told Erik, when he was dating a different junior, that prom was out of the question since he was just a lowly freshman. Dating a junior does not a prom entitle you. Freshmen do not have junior privileges. So, here we are in April with a new girlfriend and prom is the hot topic. She is a wonderfully sweet girl whom I like very much. (I liked the old girlfriend as well, I should just state that for the record.) So, anyway, the current girlfriend asks to talk to both Shannon and me. You guessed it-- Prom. She very politely and respectfully states her case for Erik to attend prom with her. We tell her we will consider her argument and let her know one way or anothe…

Home is where the heart is.

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We had the most interesting weekend. Last week, we learned that the Burdett family (meaning us, Shannon's parents and sisters) inherited the contents of a woman's home after her death. This woman, Charline, was a client of my father-in-law's law practice and he and my mother-in-law became good friends with her. She did not have children of her own and fell in love with Shannon and his two sisters. She married late in life after caring for her parents until their death. Tom, my father-in-law, had helped her with some oil and gas wells on her property which made her VERY wealthy. Charline was so grateful of his legal work and the friendship that developed between them that when she married she asked Tom to walk her down the isle. The Burdett children even took part in her wedding as flower girls and ring bearer. Her will stated that her husband and his sister could stay in the home until his death and then the sister was to go to a nursing home until her passing. Charline wa…

total recall

We are headed to Oklahoma City today to trade in my Toyota Sequoia and buy something non-Toyota. After someone I know experienced a horrible tragedy in a Toyota, I am unwilling to take any chances with my own family. My vehicle was recalled, I had it fixed but it still makes me nervous. My friend lost his wife in a 2010 Highlander and it's sounds very suspicious of the recall issue. I've not heard if it was due to the recall for sure, but the 2010 models were supposed to be fixed, or at least that's what I thought. None the less, we are not risking it. 
A person always thinks that these things won't happen to them and really, that's such an arrogant and ignorant outlook. I kind of had that attitude when all the Toyota recalls hit the news and then, I got my recall notice a few months ago. I had the recall taken care of and then promptly put it out of my mind; but, a few days ago I learn of my friend's wife. I can't begin to put into words how this shook me. …