Saturday, April 4, 2009

3 down 9 to go

Treatment number three went well yesterday. In fact it was rather empty inside camp chemo (for a change) when I arrived. My blood was drawn and the report was back in record time. I arrived at 10:30 and the whole treatment was over at 12:45. That's a record! I'm usually there at least 3 hours. And since the benadryl continues to put me into a coma lol I was in and out in no time. When I arrived I noticed a woman with her husband sitting in the corner lazy boy (seems like EVERYONE wants to sit there. lol it's kind of like getting your favorite chair in the teacher's lounge at lunch. Hey...who's been sitting in MY seat next to Marcia :-) ??) Anyway, I could tell that the woman had been crying. Turns out it was her very first treatment and she was upset. One of the nurses, Lisa, asked if I wouldn't mind sitting next to her and talk with her a bit. I was only to happy to help. She actually recognized me as being at the "Feel Good Look Great" workshop a few weeks back with her. I gave her a big hug, and told her everything would be ok. We talked for awhile as she was getting her infusions and just maybe I helped her feel a little less nervous. I remember my first treatment and I was plenty nervous myself. The good news for her is that her B.C. was caught early and she only needs 4 treatments. I told her she'd be done in no time! :-) After we talked I told her about my benadryl comma and then Lisa came by and said, "Watch, I can make Joanne fall asleep in less than three minutes!" And she did! LOLOL I woke up to the beeping of the infusion machine an hour later letting me know I was done. At least time goes by quickly when your drugged! :-)

Tonight is the BIG game here in Detroit and even though I'm not a huge basketball fan I will be watching the game. And for all of my friends at school that went to State (are you listening
Jan H. ?) all I can say is, "GO GREEN GO WHITE!"

Have a great weekend everyone.
Joanne (only drinking water these days)


  1. Good for you Joanne for making someone feel better. It takes a good person to let go of your own troubles and soothe someone elses. Kudos to you. I hope you are getting better and we are looking forward to your return, whenever that may be. And wait till you see Nicholis I think hes grown a foot since you've been gone. LOL

  2. 3 down already? My, how the time flies when you're not the one getting chemo. Well, the "new girl" was lucky to have you there on her first day. I just KNOW that you were the right person to make her feel better. Heck, I've never met you, don't even have cancer, and I feel better just hearing your positive outlook and humor. Forget basketball... GO JOANNE, GO JOANNE!"

  3. So it's spring break and there are 6 inches of lovely frozen white stuff on the word: AUGH!!!

    I hope this note finds you well. Did the weird tummy aches subside? We are thinking of you even on our break, of are in our daily prayers. It is especially cute when the children mention you by name in theirs. Love that they remember you too!

    When we're back in town we'll have to plan a visit so the children, er, dogs can get worn out chasing frisbee's again. ha!

    Love you bunches!

  4. How wonderful that you were able to help the 'newbie'! I am sure you really calmed and uplifted her on such a difficult day! You really are an inspiration!