So…it appears that I haven’t blogged for a long time. Where does the time go?
As previously posted, my kidney disease returned in relapse form. I spent 6 months on Prednisone before the kidneys returned to normal and gained 40 pounds. In the last few weeks of Prednisone I started a daily chemo dose of 4 pills to prevent any further relapses. My white blood cell count fell to 2.5 (shouldn’t go below 4) and I was advised to cut the dose in half (down to 2). Weekly blood and urine tests indicated after a few weeks that the count was not improving so we stopped the chemo for 1 month.
One month later, I resumed the chemo pill, but only 1 each day. I was on the chemo for a total of 3 months over a 4 month period. The chemo stopped 1 month ago. I have lost 26 of the 40 pounds that I gained on Prednisone. The chemo round should prevent any future relapses in the kidneys and, therefore, no more Prednisone.
Due to my immune system going into the toilet with the meds, I have had infected sinuses for several months – can’t get rid of it. Very frustrating. Every once in a while my lungs fill with congestion and out come the puffers.
Now for some better news…..our grandson will be 3 in March – oh boy. He continues to be a delight. They had moved in February to the back of beyond and my ex-husband’s home. Six months later our son had a new job. They moved in with us for 2 months and moved into their new apartment in Mississauga in October.
Son #4 finished college in Ottawa in the spring. He moved in with us for a month (his girlfriend and cats went to her mother’s). Now they have an apartment in Oshawa.
Son #1 will be 30 on Boxing Day. He quit his job at the end of May due to major problems with his friend and partner. No job yet.
Son #2 visited this summer from Sault Ste. Marie. All is well with him.
Son #5 is still in school in Sudbury.
Hubby and I cancelled our summer vacation as his mom fell and broke her hip. Surgery and rehab were required. The hitch? She lives alone and has a lot of food allergies. I cooked all her food for 2 months, until she went home. Hubby took her food in daily and set up her meals. No food could be used from the hospital’s kitchen.
The ladies and I travelled to Baltimore in October to work at the International contest of Sweet Adelines. Our chorus doesn’t compete until next year in Las Vegas, so this was a great opportunity to work behind the scenes. We loved it.
The weekend after Baltimore was our chorus show. A great success, but now quite a few members of the chorus have pneumonia, the flu, or bronchitis. 2 rehearsals have been cancelled, but our Christmas party is still on for next week. I am honoured to be the emcee again this year.
Hubby and I just back from a business trip to Edmonton. We had a wonderful time and I occupied myself while he was working. I visited the Muttart Conservatory and had afternoon tea at the Fairmount Macdonald. We visited the West Edmonton Mall and the Edmonton City Centre.
Today I attended my godfather’s funeral. He was a lovely, kind man.
That’s my life for the past few months. If I can kick this sinusitis I will be much happier. I have a Neti Pot, Nasinex, Dristan, Aerius, a warm humidifier at night, and my puffers. I need to go back to my doctor and ask for something stronger.