Monthly Archives: January 2014

Chicken stays the night

IMG_0431So, Chicken and I are too loud – she got sent home. Kidding just kidding! We were loud but, didn’t get in trouble. She left a day early because of this stupid weather. My Mom is back and glad to be lol. Don’t know why she’s not missing anything lol. Chicken and I roamed the halls (good for me to walk as my feet are a little puffy), checked out the family lounge and was a little disappointed in the items in the vending machine (everything was baked, like baked chips and shit). If I’m going to the vending machine I want something GOOD! Oh well, they say my appetite will quit here soon – we will see. Today, Chicken was hanging some positive quotations that Tammy Branham printed off for me. My door must remain shut so she made a collage of prints on the back of the door AFTER she washed the whole back of the door. YES YOU HEARD ME CORRECTLY Alice (I mean Chicken) washed the door. She said it had like WD40 on it or something. Heaven forbid! I’m laying in the bed contemplating a nap as she is hanging these signage and I hear an organ. I said to her, did you hear that organ and she began laughing hysterically so, I said was that an organ or did you fart?! With that said we were both laughing. She said oh yes Lisa I can fart hymns that sound like an organ playing. LOL She was wanting to give me a make over before she left today. She wanted to put concealer on the dark circles under my eyes, bright lipstick, and lots of rouge and large hoop earrings! Don’t know if she was going to pimp me out or what. I put nothing past her. I slept with one eye open at all times lol. My Nurse Practitioner was quite amused with us (imagine that). He didn’t want to leave our room as we entertained for him. We told him to come back anytime.LOL Tonight will be filled with dinner, dateline, and chemo. Whoop Whoop! Happy Friday everyone. Be safe out there! Keep the Faith with me!

The confession

Hi everyone! Wish I were updating you all from white sandy beaches and a beautiful blue ocean ( a girl can dream). Barnes is very nice and my room has a great view ( thank God). I finally slept. Ya was awake early Tuesday to head down here, got blood work, then they shoved a garden hose up my neck and out my chest. What fun!!!! Stayed awake all night and was up all day Wednesday. Needless to say I needed sleep. Finally crashed at 10pm Wednesday. I felt refreshed today. My neck is healing and I’m getting use to it. My chemo started Tuesday night (no wasting time here). I will get 16 doses of this Busulfan. I’m halfway today as I get it every 6 hours. Sent my mom home for a few days and Chicken is here till Saturday. She was watching some of my educational videos assigned to me and we learned that this Graft vs Host disease (from the transplant) not only effects my skin but, may effect the ol vajay jay too. Seriously, just put me down now! Lol. Moving on……needless to say we have taken over the floor. We will be performing in the family lounge every night at 7 pm lmao. Took communion yesterday as they have communion stewards ( love that) then a Priest showed up…..you can only think what I was thinking lol. He was an Italian man and funny. He asked what he could do for me….. I said well I just had communion (I mean I didn’t want to hog Jesus). He said how about anointing of the sick. I thought oh that would be nice so I said sure. He then said how about confession. OH LORD I thought!!! I can’t do that in front of my mother for Petes sake what was he thinking. He could see the fear in my eyes and the blood rush from my face lol. He said since you are sick I can abolish your sins by asking you two questions. I thought that was a good deal. He said now Al Capone went to confession (the Priest is talking in his Godfather voice) and he says Father I killed the guy but I’m not sorry. The priest said now that’s not confession so I ask you ( oh Lord here it comes) Lisa are you sorry for your sins. I said yes. He said I ask you again Lisa are you truly sorry for your sins (was I not convincing I mean I am) I said yes again. I was abolished. Thank you Jesus!! Anyway it was very nice to meet him and I hope to see him again (and not when I NEED one). Thanks for stopping by. Keep the Faith!!

A Well Oiled Machine

Talk about a whirl wind of a day……holy shmoly they move like a well oiled machine around here. Had labs at 1pm, a Neostar (line that goes into my juglar vein in my neck and exits my chest) placed at 2pm, and was in my room (5941) by 3:30/3:45, chemo began at 6pm. Not waisting any time, lol. The current chemo I am getting is Busulfan and I will get 1800396_10202444448985927_1683834233_n16 total doses of it. I have to take an anti seizure medication with this as it is known to cause seizures. Sounds like a lovely drug doesn’t it? LOL I was awake the whole night. I mean wide awake! Not sure what that was all about but, they are going to knock my ass out tonight even if they have to hit me over the head with a bat. This is CRAZY! My mom slept beautifully lol. Food here is pretty good. Mom went for a walk this morning and scoped out the hospital. It’s an amazing place. Haena sent me a text message letting me know she got employee of the month at Scheels. How great is that? She got employee of the month and employee of the year in 2012. Must take after her mother ha, ha. Totally kidding her Dad is a hard worker too. Not much else to tell today. Hoping to nap some. Getting ready for my 3rd dose of chemo – bring it on! Have an awesome Hump Day! Keep the Faith

Heading to Barnes

West bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
a’we gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go, and a short time to get there,
I’m west bound just watch ol’ Lisa run! (Lol). I thought that song was appropriate, just had to modify it! Bring on the day, let’s get it this going so I can start marking off the days on my calendar! Heading out about 1030 as I have labs at 1pm, 2pm a line will be placed in my chest, and 3pm check in. I won’t have a room till a little later but, that’s ok cause we will need to eat! I can’t have anything by mouth after 7am. JERKS! I’m gonna load up after 3pm. I’m gonna have salad and hopefully fresh fruit cause they will take that all away too. My gosh I feel like I’m going to fat camp ha, ha! Have a safe Tuesday everyone. I will update you as the shit starts hitting the fan!!! Keep the Faith!!

Sleepy Time

Once again I have slept most of the day away lol. I just can’t hang with the big dogs anymore. Actually, I didn’t realize the tea I was drinking last night was not decaf so my wonderful sleep aids were not as effective. I did however, manage to get most of my packing done and solve the mystery of who decorated my house lol. My kids had the time of their lives on the party bus last night. I’m sooo glad! I just wanted them to have a night to cut loose with no worries and no stress. They have been so brave and have handled all of this so well but, it has been scary for them and I know they worry. So a night out was just what momma ordered! We were all together tonight for a birthday dinner for Mimi (my Mom) and seeing some of the videos and photos from the partying that went on were hilarious!!! Mom enjoyed her birthday and we all enjoyed each other. I will stamp this weekend a success!!! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend! Keep the Faith!

Midnight Decorating

Okay who’s responsible for sending me in to an early morning cry? I LOVE IT!!! I am so blessed with such amazing friends. Thank you for thinking of me and braving the cold just to let me know I’m not alone. I’m truly humbled. I love you guys.1689941_10203200557633377_259221094_n 1609840_10203200558073388_265408397_n

Getting my affairs in order

1012676_10202095470041746_212071397_nI spent the day with my baby girl. I needed to pick up some things (yes I wore my mask and used hand sanitizer like it was going out of style) for my trip and finish getting my affairs in order (tax info, bills, yadda, yadda). I mean you would think my bills would be on hold until I’m done being sick but, hell to the no! I still haven’t packed my bags yet – not sure if I’m procrastinating or just not real worried about it. I will pack tomorrow it’s a must as I’m having dinner with friends (at their home no public adventure) Saturday night and Sunday is a Pizza Party for my Mom’s Bday and a family hoopla before I go. Monday, Haena and I are getting Pedicures (yes I’m wearing a mask). I can’t go to Barnes with yuckie feet – My God what will they think? I’m leaning toward a hot pink color so I will think of white sand beaches and warm weather (well hopefully). Hope you all had a fabulous Friday and wishing a peaceful weekend. Keep the Faith!

You are still a Mom even if you have Cancer lol

I have no time for this cancer crap I’m too busy being a Mom (lol). So as you know last night was our traditional birthday hoopla. After, the celebration Haena left with her friend Whitney and went to K&K – an experience one must have at 21 (especially on a Tuesday Night ha,ha). I watched Chicago Fire and at 10:00pm I took all of my meds including my sleep aids. At 10:18pm I receive a text (lucky I heard it) from Haena stating she probably shouldn’t drive home. I told her I would drive her home and just spend the night at her house (she lives in Carlinville). I told her she better get her butt here soon or I will be comatose (LOL). She was a giggly mess – kinda funny actually. She was not drunk by all means but, was sure tipsy. As we drove I said “Well, isn’t this nice? The ‘ol bald headed mother with cancer has to drive her drunk ass daughter home and hoping her sleep aids don’t kick in!” We both cracked up laughing. We had to be up early as Haena had to work and I had to get labs. Wouldn’t have been so bad except I didn’t sleep well of course. I convinced my Mother that I would drive myself for labs today as the dog needed to go to the groomers and we couldn’t be in 2 places at once. I went for labs, dropped some clothes off to my stepsister as her baby is sick and in Pedi at Saints (yes I wore my mask and didn’t touch anything nor did I go in the baby’s room). Picked up a check from my stepsister so I could pay her water bill – dropped it off and then received a call from my Dad that my Mom had locked the keys in the truck at Carlinville Walmart. SOOOOOO I head to Girard, pick up the key and travel to Carlinville to yet again SAVE THE DAY! LOL. See what I mean? I have no time for this Cancer Crap I’m too busy saving lives, people. Needless to say, when I got home I grabbed a bite to eat and then slept for 3 1/2 hours (well deserved I believe). Best part of the whole day was………….my labs are back to normal (I say that loosely) and do not have to go back anymore!!!! Whoop Whoop! All I do now is wait for Tuesday to come and southbound we go (wish it was somewhere warm with a beach front view)! Hope your Hump Day was easy breezy! Thanks for hangin with me. Keep the Faith!

Happy Birthday Princess

It’s a tradition at my house that the Birthday person picks what they want for their birthday dinner and we all gather to celebrate. Tonight Haena chose Spaghetti (I make my grandmothers sauce), garlic bread, and Caesar salad. We had birthday cake for dessert. Her party favors for her Big party came today. I rented a party bus to take her and her friends to Fast Eddies. She has a 21 Tshirt, light up 21 crown (so they don’t lose her lol), and what’s a party without party beads lol! Oh to be 21 again. She renewed her license and we got the giggles because her face takes up the whole square you can’t see anything but her face and hair. She said “my gosh I look like a lion with its mane” lol. It was pretty funny. I have to say her birthday celebration was a success and I’m hoping she enjoys Saturday night. I can’t believe it was 21 years ago today that she blessed us with her presence. Our family would not have complete without her. Her witt will keep you in stitches, her personality is like no other, and she walks to the beat of her own drum. I could not be any prouder of her and I’m glad God have her to me! (Glad he gave me Broc too). Happy Birthday to our Princess!

Oh what a day

1009985_10202090832125801_1526304821_nWhat a long Freakin Day!!!!!! Got labs done at 9:30am, went to day hospital to get a shot because, the insurance company failed to send the other 7 shots that I need UGH!. Looked up my labs while I was there so I knew I would be getting blood products…….BINGO – needed 1 unit of Platelets (plugs the holes of a wound) and 2 units of red blood cells (the oxygen carriers). Day hospital to not do those today soooo I had to be admitted to 3rd floor Oncology and we got the party started about 1:30pm – arrived home at 10:30. Now this is not what I had in mind for Friday LOL. I should have more energy for the weekend because, of the red blood cells (at least I can get to the bathroom and back without panting like a dog). Hope your Friday was uneventful and you all enjoy a nice weekend. Keep the Faith!