Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Translant Life: Day +6

Well, things went off Wednesday wihout a hitch.
My donors cells arrived and I was hooked up by 11 a.m. or so.
It only took about an hour....and then I had this mans cells in my body.
It's so weird. I know he must be a kind, generous man to donate bone marrow to save someones life.
But I wonder.


Last Wednesday (transplant day) went off well.
No complications.
We received word around 10 AM that my donors cells had arrived,
and around 10:45 we were ready to proceed.
It's kind of weird, if you think about it.
I know little about this person. I know he is a white 27 year old male.
I know he must be a kind, giving man to willingly  choose to go through this process to save someone's life.
But I wonder.

I wonder if he's married. What he does for a living. What color eyes he has. Does have children? Does he wonder about me? Does he know he is saving the life of a young wife and mother?
What does my body look like on the inside with his cells there?
It's So. Weird.
I've been having a time with nausea, but nothing too severe I'm sill able to eat, although not nearly as much as before - which is probably  good thing!
My counts are all low, but I haven' had to be transfused - yet.
I'm sure it's coming, though.
I am having issues with a high heart rate, but I've had  these issues before
and they are not too serious. We are talking about medicine if it continues.
Easily controlled.
I'm blessed that we've had friends and family come up.
Thursday, the Tubbs came and brought a ig goody basket filled with sacks.
and Jessica - thanks for reading my blog and suggesting the v8 juice!
They have really hit the spot.
Other family members have been coming, too. It's s nice to break up the days!
I miss this fellow, though. He's back at home, being SuperDad and taking care of the girls, the dog, the house, and work. I don't have to worry....much....because he is pretty good at it. :)
**I wrote this yesterday with intentions to publish it today (Tuesday) but some things changed and I wanted to include them. Over the past 24 hors I have developed two serious ulcers in my mouth, one on each side and originating from the wisdom tooth pocket area They are SO painful. It is hard to eat or drink anything due to the  pain. But this morning, I gave in and let them give me some pain medicine - and it's helped SO much. I'm now ontwo different mouth washes plus the pain meds as needed, and even though I'm sleeping my life away (it's 3 pm and I just woke up for the day) it's good because I'm not fighting so much pain an I'm getting the rest I need to heal. I also received a platelet infusion this morning. My platelets were at 5 and the threshold for infusion is at 10.
Please remember us in your prayers as I continue to heal from this and my family helps me. 
Pray the children don't get sick and my husband stays well too so that I can see them over the weekend.! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Menu Plan Monday! 7.7.14

I'm linking up again with Organzing Junkie on her weekly series, Menu Plan Monday.
This is week 2 of planning "Daddy-style" and so far, I think he's doing a good job. :)
Last week was a little crazy due to my transplant, the girls being away for a few days and the holiday.
This morning, I sent him the meal plan and grocery list and issued orders for the grocery store.
Some of you may wonder why I'M doing the planning and general grocery list since I'm in the hospital 2.5 hours away, recovering from a bone marrow transplant?
Because it makes me feel useful.
It is our adaption to this current season of life.
And if I didn't do this, my kids would be eating grilled cheese and carrot sticks every day.
Monday: stroganoff, peas
Tuesday: 15 bean soup and cornbread
Wednesday: Leftover 15 bean soup and cornbread
Thursday: scrambled eggs, biscuits, sausage
Friday: Spaghetti
Saturday: alfredo pasta with asparagus
Sunday: cheesy broccoli tuna helper, green beans
Not the healthiest- but t's still healthy and easy enogh for him to put together in 30 minutes so hat he can focus on spending time with he children ding the week.
 And another plus - we only needed 10 items to make this menu plan happen.
And for that I am thankful.
 Because groceries are ridiculously expensive.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June Favorites

I love reading about other peoples monthly favorites.
I sometimes feel mine are always the same, but yet I still share away!
For the month of June, I've been loving...
EOS lip balm

I LOVE this stuff. I started using mine in February, have used it consistently since then and its STILL nowhere near gone. I have seriously chapped lips from the chemo and it does wonders for them.
Plus, it's cheap!

Nivea lotion
This Nivea lotion makes my skin feel so soft and smooth. Like my lips, my skin has suffered the effects of chemo as well and is so dry and ashy at times. I use this every time I get out of the bath. It doesn't make my skin oily or too slippery. If you do have oily skin already, I probably wouldn't use this on a regular basis - but it's definitely a good deep hydrating lotion.

Olay Face Moisturizer
I definitely know I have shared this before. I've been using it for two years now, been through about 4 bottles, and I have no desire to change it up. Makes my skin moisturized without being greasy. When I  am more dry, I use it twice a day. When I'm more oily-ish (is that  a word?!) I use it once a day. You can find it pretty much anywhere, but the cheapest I've found it is at the Dolla Gentral (have ya'll seen those Hannah and Kaylee YouTube videos?)for $6.50.
Don't make the mistake I did and buy it at Ulta for like $12. No sir.
Ain't nobody got time for that!
Skype s a lifesaver for my family. Literally. With this invention, I'm able to see my girls and Mike every night. I can help my girls pick out clothes for the next day. I can help them with homework. I can see my oldest reading her books to me, and watch the spirited shows my 4 year old likes to put on.
It keeps me encouraged and feeling like I'm still a bi g part of their every day life.
Leopard print....anything!

I got these leopard and pink Sperrys a few months ago on major clearance at Dillards.
How much did I pay for them?
You heard me.
Can I get a WHAT WHAT/!

V8 Juice
Stop gagging, ya'll. It's not that bad, for real!
I don't drink it for its nutritional value or anything, but because I'm not allowed fresh fruit or veg right now (due to possible bacteria) and this is the closest I can get.

Well, that's all folks! My June favorites once again.
I hope ya'll had a great Tuesday!