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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #160 on: December 11, 2016, 08:46:19 am »
Glad to hear you were able to start on the cycle and moving forward.  Prayers for you! 

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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #161 on: December 16, 2016, 09:12:45 am »
 Last Sunday I slipped on some ice and fell down pretty hard. Hurt my right hip and arm,got a small black and blue on the back of my arm. I've fell down harder at earlier time in my life and didn't think this time was that bad. Well I mentioned it yesterday and everyone at the oncology dept went nuts. They made me get x-rays and a full exam with the doctor and all. Wow what a time, I got scared they wouldn't give me the cycle 3 drugs for this week and I'd miss doing a full cycle again. I haven't made a full cycle yet but it was always for blood test coming back to low. After all the x-rays and scares they let me have the chemo and all and today I finish the treatment, A first for me  8) . They also told me that I need to tell them if something happens again, I have to let them know right after, seems that you can break bones real easy with any kind of bone marrow cancer, just by bumping into something or falling. I'm happy to finish cycle 3 today  8) .Maybe in Jan. they can start the harvest of good bone marrow cells,and then get me into remission. I hope once into remission that I gain strength and do some logging. My truck driver has been helping to get some r/o logs out on the job I was working when all this started. I sit on the tractor or skidder depending on how big the logs are and he cuts the logs out and runs the winch,and I drive them to the landing. We have 3 loads go out and 1 1/2 loads to go and the $ part of the job will be done and I'll clean up the cordwood next spring/summer when I have the energy.
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #162 on: December 16, 2016, 07:05:30 pm »
Thinking of you here Ed.
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #163 on: December 16, 2016, 07:23:03 pm »
 Thanks to all who are still checking in and thinking/praying for me & Rita, we keep going by this and looking forward.

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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #164 on: December 16, 2016, 07:55:17 pm »
I'm a thinking of ya through out my day.   :)
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #165 on: December 17, 2016, 12:30:57 am »
I will keep praying for you, Ed. You sound like one tough son of a gun to me ;)
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #166 on: January 14, 2017, 05:39:27 pm »
 I finished my 4th cycle yesterday  8) . But now I'm having trouble with where they put the injection needle in, I think it was loose and some of the chemo got out of the vein and thinned the skin around the injection site.When we took the bandage off the tape pulled some skin off and and it's been bleeding some ever since, After super and had to re-bandage it after shower. We wont know what's wrong till Tues cause weekends and holidays they just say go to the ER, and all they do is more blood test that have already been done on last Thur.
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #167 on: January 14, 2017, 06:01:14 pm »
Hang in there.
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #168 on: January 14, 2017, 07:19:01 pm »
Thinking of you Ed
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #169 on: January 15, 2017, 09:41:26 am »
 It stopped bleeding some time last night, so now I feel a little better that it may not be as bad as we thought. Thanks to everyone for keeping up with my Journey.
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #170 on: January 17, 2017, 06:45:07 pm »
In our prayers Ed,  as mentioned, you are one tough son of a gun!  Thanks for the updates, lots of folks praying for you and the family,
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #171 on: January 19, 2017, 07:43:18 pm »
Ed it amazes me the strength you show with what your going though. I pray for you and many other folks daily, hang in there. God Is Good All The Time.

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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #172 on: January 21, 2017, 05:28:14 pm »
 We went to Hanover on Wed. for another meeting with the specialist, one of my questions was about the needle not sealing and the chemo getting out of the vein, he looked at my arm and said that the skin around the injection site would be hard but it wouldn't eat the skin away, so that made me feel better. There were two other understudies fellows that checked me out, going over how the stem cell harvest is done.and The Dr. seems to think that the numbers they go by are as low as they can get them, so they are wanting to get started on the harvest of the cells. Part of this is to do a bunch more test like ekgs, chest x-ray, electrocardiogram, another bone marrow test and maybe another colonoscopy. They also do a dental exam.
 So on Monday I went to the dentist for the check up, they found three teeth that needed fixing. On Friday they got me back in to fix them. A shot of novacaine and fixed two, on the third tooth I came out of the chair, it wasn't a cracked filling but a bad tooth down to the root. After 3 more shots of novacaine he gave up. All the doctor's had a get together and decided I needed it pulled out Can't have any infections during and after the stem cell transplant. Friday it comes out. I'm more nervous with this than getting chemo treatments.
 A lesson here is once you have a cancer diagnosis, don't drop the dentist exams. Eight months of no cleaning can ruin some teeth quick.
 I had more blood test at Hanover on Wed. When the results come back they will decide on more chemo cycles or wait for this infection to go away and start the blood cell harvest. Part of the harvest begins with a four hr chemo session, then I have to give myself a shot every day for a week. I don't know if I can actually give myself a shot. The four hr chemo will kill all the myloma cells and other bad cells floating around in my system, then the shots will bring out good cells from my bone marrow for harvest which will take anywhere from a day to three days. Once they get as many good cells as they can, they will give me a massive dose of chemo that will kill all the cells in my body and then they will put the good cells back in. I will be there for three to four weeks in a germ free environment to make sure everything is growing right.
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #173 on: January 21, 2017, 07:47:18 pm »
Holey cow sounds like a long journey ahead of you. Prayers your way every day. Just keep the smells of the woods and how the cold air of winter lifts you up thinking about the logging day ahead. Stay strong brother !
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #174 on: January 21, 2017, 08:18:22 pm »
Praying for your healing and ability to over come! 

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« Reply #175 on: January 21, 2017, 08:23:59 pm »
Edd
My uncle doesn't have his teeth any more.  He said when he was going through chemo that the mouth sores were just horrible.  It takes a lot of time at the doctors to get through this stuff aparrently.  I am still wishing you the best and hoping that things come at you at a pace you can handle. 
I am hoping your family support group is holding up also.  Good people are faced with hard things and I hope they can keep their chin up and really don't know how to help them do that but am hoping that my good wishes might help in some way.
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« Reply #176 on: January 21, 2017, 10:02:02 pm »
Thanks for the report. I am here for you. I will haul out a few trees tomorrow for you. I will be thinking of you.
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« Reply #177 on: January 23, 2017, 03:09:28 pm »
 Thanks to everyone, I just found out that they have changed the process, I'm having a hard time figuring out what they told me.Once Rita gets home and explains it I'll have another post.
 As far as having a support, we have each other. Rita has her sister and nieces. I have a couple of neighbors that I can talk to.And writing of this journey on the Forestry Forum has helped me to understand whats going on in my life.
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #178 on: January 23, 2017, 04:43:18 pm »
I sincerely hope you get to look back on your thread about your journey twenty years from now. 
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #179 on: January 23, 2017, 07:31:27 pm »
Ed sending you the best
It's a lot to take in at one time
Keep up you can beat this
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