Wednesday, April 22, 2009
It's Been A While!
Wow, I've been away from this blog for quite some time! Haven't really done that intentionally. Things have just been pretty busy. I've been working on making custom invitations for our son Tyler's graduation open house. I printed his picture out on textured cardstock. (I edited the picture you see but didn't want to share personal details on this blog; the one I'm sending out has his full name with "Class of 2009" on it. The picture is also framed in black with soft edges.) I then printed out the party details on the same size piece of vellum and attached it with silver brads. The invitation is tucked into a custom made envelope I decorated with patterned scrapbook paper, ribbon and the "celebrate" stamp. I have to say, I'm pleased with how they've turned out! I didn't see anything similar online but the custom ones I DID see had prices starting at $41.99 per 25...yikes, I think that's expensive!
Overall I have been recovering quite well from the surgeries I had, although I've been having severe pain in my arm - the one where they took all the lymph nodes from. You know how it feels when you're having your blood pressure taken and that cuff is at its tightest point? Well, that's how my arm feels ALL THE TIME! Numb and tingly, painful to the touch - just a very odd sensation. I mentioned it to the home health care nurse when she was here a week ago. She checked my arm, felt a bump and suspected a blood clot. I called my family doctor and the oncologist - both of them wanted me to go to the ER to have it checked out. I did. A doppler ultrasound was done. Praise God no blood clot was found! I'm still in pain but glad there was nothing serious. My radiation oncologist prescribed medicine for the pain but I'm honestly not too hip on all the side effects I've read about with this particular one so I haven't gotten the prescription filled and not sure if I will.
I also went to the radiation center to get prepped for my upcoming treatments. Got all marked and molded. Had a CT scan done. They have to take some films this Friday. Then I'll start the actual treatments next Monday. I requested mornings so I don't have to waste my whole day. I'd rather go in, have it done and get on with the day.
No "real" springtime weather here yet...a few nice days thrown in here and there but it has been COLD! I've seen some flowers beginning to bloom and that's always enjoyable.
Hope everyone is doing well and maybe I'll get around to visiting all of you :)