It's been awhile....

It seems  so long ago that I was making those daily trips to the hospital, and I thought things would calm down a bit.  Ha!  Not a chance!

First up, more tests to make sure my body can withstand all those wonderful things that Chemo does to you.  (more on that later).  I've had all sorts of dyes and radioactive things injected into me, I wonder if I glow in the dark now?

 After the first round of those finished, I had a wonderful surprise that my sister, Pat and my daughter Cassandra cooked up.  Pat wanted me to work one afternoon after one of my tests, while she was at the doctor's.  I was more than happy to, since really I just wanted to look at all the new stuff that had arrived at the store, and maybe purchase a few(just a few) things!  I walked in the store and right away Pat came up to me and said she had a surprise for me.  Now, those wonderful girls at the store have already done so much for me, so I thought what else could they do.  I turned around, and there in front of me was my daughter!  My first thought was, does she ever look like my daughter, wait a minute, it is!!  Those two sneaks never told anyone!  I was so shocked she was here, since I thought she was on her way to China.  She decided to make a side trip here to Edmonton (I think it's been three years since she's been home) and then onto L.A. and then China.  When I brought her home, my husband Rob, couldn't believe it!  Well, we had a wonderful five days together, it was so nice to have her home even though it was so short.  And then....

I started to get a bad cold.  I was in a bit of a panic, because I was supposed to go the cancer clinic for another test and start my chemo, which wasn't going to happen if I was sick.  And if that wasn't enough,
our computer crashed.  Now that was worse than the cold, I think.  Our hard drive went, and almost everything with it.  Arggg!!!  My son had set up an external hard drive for me, but I think he just set it up to  copy my photos, which thankfully, I think I have most of them.  But everything else was lost.  So that is why I haven't been around lately.  I'm happy to say that on the weekend, we got our computer back (slowly trying to put everything back) and I managed to get that nasty cold under control before my hospital visits.  I'm sure I picked it up from all my quality time in those hospital and doctor's waiting rooms!

I started my chemo last Friday and so far it hasn't been too bad.  I just feel like an alien has taken over my body inside and is making a few changes!  No, not quite, it actually feels like when you are first pregnant, and you feel a little queasy, and your body feels very tired.  I haven't had that feeling in a really long time!!

I felt so good this week, almost normal.  No pain, no cold, no infection, no tests, doctor visits, hospital visits, it was nice.  I think I overdid it yesterday, though, 'cause today I'm not feeling great.  I was hoping to  actually sit down and do some scrapbooking.  I haven't felt very creative lately, or had the energy to get much done.  All this wonderful new product I have to play with too!  I'm going to try anyways.

Enough of my rambling, hope I haven't bored the one or two people that visit me here!!
Here are two layouts that I actually did last month, one is for Urban Scrapbook's monthly challenge.
We had to use the word "new" and the gorgeous new Prima paper.  We also had to use micro beads, which can be quite addicting when you start covering patterned paper.  It gives a nice vintage feel to the paper.  I used it on the two diecut pieces on either side of the photo of Roxy, my sweet little puppy, and on a few of the butterflies.

This other layout, is of my youngest son, Devin on his grade 12 graduation.  I 'm trying to use some of my wonderful Tim Holtz stamps.  The paper is from Graphic45, their new men's collection and clock pieces from Urban Scrapbook.  The picture isn't the greatest, there sure hasn't been very much sunshine here lately!!

Anyways, have a great week and let's hope we finally get some spring weather here!!!


Chrispea said...

Hi Jan, Heather gave me your blog addy so I could visit. I'm sure she's mentioned me, I have BC, too. I did the chemo first, then the surgery. I'm glad to have both behind me. Just wanted to stop by and say 'hi'. Love both your layouts, especially the top one. Take care! Chris

Anonymous said...

So glad you are feeling a bit better, crossing my fingers for a smooth sail!

Roxanne said...

I'm glad to hear that all is going as well as it could. Crazy that they test you for everything, and then give you a cold in return. Some "gifts" are better left unopened. We'll chat soon!

Hugo said...

I'am glad you are feeling better.
Take care

Sandra D said...

Hi Jan, It is great to read about your wonderful surprise and that you are feeling better. Love the lo of your cute puppy, Roxy. Take care.

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