Friday, August 09, 2013

Dear Kindle/Amazon automatic blog watcher,

Yes I am still here.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Another new post for Amazon so they won't delete my blog.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Amazon update

Dear Amazon,

Yes, I'm still here, and yes, I want this blog to remain visible to the world.

Your friend,


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dear Amazon,

Now you are calling yourself Kindle. Nice.

Why do I have to publish every 60 days? Why can't my blog stand forever in its current state?



Friday, March 16, 2012

Dear Amazon,

Quit sending me emails saying that you will delete my blog unless I post an update.



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Another silly update

Amazon got mad at me again for not blogging anything, so I'm blogging something so they won't get rid of my blog.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Another clean mammogram

Sherrie had another clean mammogram a couple days ago. She was happy about that.

Her hair is long and curly and springy and very cute. Everybody comments how much they like it. It's a little darker than it was before, but I expect it will bleach out a little this summer.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Simple update

This is a simple update to keep the blog alive so Amazon (!) doesn't delete it.

Gotta love it when a big company whose only interest is profit takes over an otherwise good thing.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Clean mammogram

Sherrie had a clean mammogram last week--hurray!

Her hair is growing too slowly for her taste, but other than that, she feels good. She seems well-pleased with the reconstruction surgery. She has more checkups with the reconstruction surgeon and the oncologist in the next few weeks.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Oncology report

Sherrie had an appointment with the oncologist yesterday. Everything looked great; no issues. Her white count is a bit low, but "high enough" according to the doctor. She'll have another checkup in about three months.

Recovery from surgery is proceeding okay. She's still sore, can't lift much, and feels some tightness, but that will get better over time as she heals and begins to exercise a little.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Surgery report

Sherrie had her reconstruction surgery yesterday. We arrived at the hospital about 11:00, and by 12:30, she went into the OR. We saw the surgeon before the procedure, which was a good thing because, in spite of our efforts to the contrary, she wasn't aware she was supposed to remove Sherrie's port-a-cath. The surgeon also drew lines all over Sherrie to help her during the surgery.

The surgery went a little faster than the nurse indicated; I saw the doctor no more than 90 minutes after it started, perhaps a bit sooner. The surgeon said everything went well. It must not have been too invasive, as she said that Sherrie could ski in three weeks!

After about an hour, they moved Sherrie to recovery, and I got to see her. She was very groggy, sore, and nauseous. The nausea lasted a couple of hours, slowly getting worse, until Sherrie threw up all the liquid in her stomach. After that, she started to feel better fairly quickly. We got her dressed and out the door and drove through a snowstorm to get home.

Sherrie slept in the La-Z-Boy last night. She slept okay, but wasn't that comfortable, and got into bed early this morning and slept a little more. The doctor gave her a prescription for pain-killers, but they make her sick so she's just taking Tylenol. She's sore, but seems to be doing well.

Early indications are that recovering from this surgery won't be near as bad as the mastectomy was.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Surgery on Tuesday

Sherrie's reconstruction surgery is scheduled for sometime in the afternoon on Tuesday. We won't have an exact time until Monday afternoon or evening.

Follow me on Twitter (drmdwebb) for updates during surgery.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009


Sherrie had another visit with the plastic surgeon a few days ago. Her reconstruction surgery is scheduled for 29 December! She's excited about it because (a) it will happen before the end of the year, and since we're maxed out on our insurance, we won't have to pay anything, and (b) she'll get to have her mainline port removed during the surgery.

Sherrie's hair is growing, albeit too slowly for her expectations. It's not long enough that she feels comfortable going out in public without her wig, but hopefully soon it will grow out.

Slowly but surely, things are getting back to "normal."

Sunday, November 01, 2009

The long and short of it

A few readers have been gently, and perhaps not so gently, chiding me for not updating this blog recently. They say, "you've got to update the blog; Nathan still has the flu and has to get better!"

Of course, Nathan got over the flu long ago, and the rest of us managed to avoid it up until now. We have all been healthy and hope the flu stays away! Her sinus infection went away quickly, and she's been strong and vibrant ever since.

Sherrie went back to her job at school three weeks ago. Although the flu and other illnesses are prevalent in our community, she's managed to avoid becoming ill. I suppose her tendency toward Adrian Monk-ish-ness helps.

Sherrie had a blood count this past Monday, and her counts all looked pretty much normal. The white count was a bit low, but nothing to be worried about. As far as her blood is concerned at least, chemo is a distant memory.

Sherrie's hair has started to grow out, but only just a tad. For weeks, I've been teasing her that she looked like Casper the Friendly Ghost, and now I'm teasing her that she looks like a GI Joe doll with a painted-on buzzjob. Not very flattering I know, but I have to call it as I see it :-D

Seriously though, her hair is growing quickly. It's quite blond so it doesn't show up like it would if it were dark, but she definitely has a five o'clock shadow.

Sherrie has been back to the plastic surgeon for more preparation for reconstruction. We're hoping that the remaining surgery can be performed before the end of the year.

After the last appointment with the oncologist, she started taking Tamoxiphen. She has to take it twice a day for five years. We hope the side effects aren't too pronounced.

It's good to have the challenge of chemo behind us. We hope to keep it in the rear-view mirror. Every indication we have now suggests we will.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Post-Neupogen update

Our son has the H1N1 flu, as diagnosed and tested by our family doctor last night. The doctor gave the whole family a prescription for Tamiflu, which should help our son feel better sooner, and keep the rest of us from getting it.

Sherrie has a sinus infection. The doctor gave her antibiotics. The antibiotics often don't help her sinus infections, but maybe this time will be different.

Sherrie's white count on Sunday at the end of a week of Neupogen shots was only 4.5 or so. That's normal, but it's not very high after a week of shots. We are going to get another CBC on Wednesday of this week. I expect it will be low, and she'll have to go on more Neupogen shots, but we shall see.

Sherrie is looking forward to getting back to school. She was planning to go back this Monday, but based on the prevalence of the flu and her probable low white count, she's likely going to wait a week. No sense rushing it and catching something from the germ cesspool in school.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Goodbye to chemotherapy

Sherrie received her last chemotherapy today!! The day started dreadfully when the nurse told us her white count was only 1.6 (it needs to be 2.5). Sherrie was very disappointed, and began to feel the gloom of having to take several more Neupogen shots and be delayed further. She asked the nurse to beg the doctor to let her have it anyway since it was her *last* one, and he said yes! Neither of us could believe it, as he has been a stickler for the blood count in the past. He made sure that she start on Neupogen (six shots) tomorrow.

The administration of the 5FU was straightforward, except that Sherrie started feeling quite nauseous as soon as the nurse started to hook her up. As happened last week, the nurse kept the drugs hidden "under wraps," (even though the 5FU and the others are clean), and after just a few minutes she was done.

I literally had to run to catch Sherrie as she bolted from the clinic. She likes the nurses and the doctor, but wanted to get out of there as soon as possible. We had a good chuckle over that on the way home.

We go again in about three weeks to see the oncologist, and around the same time to see the plastic surgeon again.

We are grateful to be able to receive such wonderful medical care from caring and competent people. It's a great blessing.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Chemo report

Cycle number six has finally begun. We saw the oncologist again today, and had the usual interview and exam. All appeared well, and he gave her the go-ahead on chemo, based on last Friday's white count of around 3.5.

Sherrie did quite well during the administration of the chemo. She didn't have any trouble with nausea (real or conjured in the mind). The nurse kept her busy talking about stuff so that she wouldn't focus on the drugs. The nurse also covered the syringes so Sherrie wouldn't see the "red poison."

After the treatment, she felt pretty well, and even went into a store with me on the way home. She also ate a small amount of dinner. She's sleeping in her laz-y-boy chair right now,  so I'm not sure how she'll feel when she wakes up.

She was very excited on the way home to be able to say, "I'm done with all the nasties!"

The doctor mentioned during the exam that he'll see her four weeks after the "easy chemo" next Monday. At that appointment, we'll start talking about hormone treatment (Tamoxiphen). The doctor also cleared her to get a flu shot 2-3 weeks after next Monday's treatment.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


Sherrie finished her week of shots Sunday night. She had a CBC of nearly 60--which is way high. The nurser at the hospital was so concerned (and apparently unfamiliar with Neupogen) that she called Sherrie's oncologist. Sherrie talked to him while we were at the hospital. He told her to stop the Neupogen (she had already had the last shot) and asked her to call the office Tuesday to schedule another blood test for later in the week. We don't want the count to plummet to nothing by next Monday. If it gets too low, they'll probably give her a couple more shots over the weekend.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Cycle number five complete

Sherrie completed cycle number five on Monday. Her blood count was quite high (47.3), and so it was a go.

As soon as the nurse started to infuse her with the preparatory items, Sherrie turned white and asked for a barf bag. Lucky for us and the nurse, there was one right at hand, which was a good thing, because within seconds she lost her lunch (and probably breakfast too). She threw up twice, in rather copious amounts.

The funny but not-so-funny thing is that (a) she didn't have any chemo drugs in her yet, and (b) the 5-FU they were going to give her has never made her sick. It was all mental; she associates the time she does get ill with the place, the nurse, and the process.

I can relate. When I was around 12 years old, I got sick once after eating apple crisp. Every time I even thought about eating apple crisp, I would get physically ill. I didn't eat apple crisp for probably 10 or 15 years because of it. A friend of mine at work had a similar issue with Ding Dongs; he couldn't eat them for many years.

The brain is a very powerful force.

In two weeks, and we start cycle number six. I sincerely hope she can get through it without getting too "mental."

Monday, August 24, 2009

Not today

Sherrie was rejected for chemo again today. Her blood count was 27 on Friday (not 17 as I reported) and was 1.7 today. She has to have another round of 5-6 Neupogen shots this week and we'll try again next Monday.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Over the hump

Sherrie made it over the hump around Thursday night or Friday. She's been much better since then. Her white count was high enough on Friday (17 I think) that she should be able to receive the second part of this round of chemo on Monday.

Sherrie was feeling so well that she went mountain biking with me on Saturday. We went up Logan canyon and road up the dirt road that follows Beaver Creek up into Idaho. We rode a little over four miles up the road, stopping to rest a couple of times in the shade. We then had a nice coasting ride back down to where we had parked the truck. We saw what appeared to be active beaver dams and lodges along the way. It was beautiful and we had a fun time together.

The end is in sight. If all goes well tomorrow, we can start to say, "only one more round of chemo!"

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A bad few days

Sherrie has had a bad few days since her treatment. She has vomited a few to several times each day, and has trouble sleeping at night. She's getting very bored laying around, but doesn't feel well enough to do anything else. This "nasty" treatment has been harder on her than any of the others. She's in good spirits considering what she's going through, but it's hard on her.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Chemo cycle number five begins

Sherrie began chemo cycle number five today. We met briefly with the oncologist, who looked over her lab reports and gave her an exam. He said her white count was less than ideal, but that she could still go ahead (yeah!). He scheduled her to begin receiving Neupogen shots tomorrow, and a lab for Friday. If her count is okay, she'll get the second part of this treatment a week from today (Monday).

The chemo infusion went according to routine, except that as the nurse began, Sherrie said, "I think I'm going to throw up." The nurse went looking for a barf bag, and I watched Sherrie turn white, close her eyes, put her hand to her mouth, and will it to stay down, which it did. After an interminably long time, the nurse finally found a bag and brought it to Sherrie. She had a dry heave or two, and then was okay for the rest of the treatment. Whether it was the large cup of red Sobe we bought on the way to doctor, or the nurse in her blue smock, something set her off.

So we now have a few days of some vomit and bad nausea, and then the worst of cycle five will be over.

Friday, August 14, 2009

From 40 to 2.6 in a week?

Sherrie had a lab today, preparatory for chemo on Monday. Her white count last Monday was 40, but today it was 2.6. Is that a record for a rapid white cell count drop?

So, we are a bit worried that chemo may not go on Monday. We think that last time, they just took the lab results from a few days prior and went with it. We are hopeful (?) that they don't do another test and find a count that is too low. Or, maybe we should hope that they do a test and find it is too low and give her more shots so it's not dangerous? 

Monday, August 10, 2009

CBC update

Sherrie just finished a week of Neupogen shots, and her CBC today was over 40. That is very high; can it be too high? We hope that it stays up high enough over the next week that she can start chemo on schedule next Monday.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Chemo was successful

Sherrie's chemo on Monday was successful, in that her blood count was high enough (22!) and she had the treatment. This one was the "easy" one, so it's been relatively low impact. She's felt pretty well all week, though she's a bit more tired than normal.

She started on Neupogen shots on Tuesday, and will have them through Monday (tomorrow). I think she's going to have a CBC tomorrow as well, so we'll likely know if her count is good or not.

Sherrie is scheduled for another round of chemo on the 17th. She's supposed to have a lab on the 14th to see if her count is high enough; hopefully it will be.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Try again early next week

Sherrie heard from the doctor today: they want her to take more Neupogen shots over the weekend and have a CBC on Monday for a possible chemo attempt on Tuesday.

She feels quite discouraged because the Neupogen doesn't seem to be working very well. She is worried that each of the final two rounds will have a similar story, and extend her even longer.

We'll obviously be consulting with the doctor on this next time we see him.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

CBC still too low

Sherrie had a CBC this afternoon and got some discouraging news: the total count was 1.2. That's too low for chemo. The results were faxed to the doctor, and we'll wait to hear from them what they want to do next.

Needless to say, Sherrie is discouraged. It's frustrating for her to want to be done, but to be held hostage by her body's inability to keep up.

Monday, July 27, 2009

No joy today

Sherrie was denied chemo again today. Her blood count was too low (1.3 total white count), and her infection fighters were especially low (0.4). So, she's going to get Neupogen shots for the next three days, and then try again with a CBC on Wednesday for Friday chemo.

She took it in stride, though she's disappointed. She really was hoping to be all done by the time school starts, but that doesn't look likely right now.

As the doctor said, it's much safer not to do chemo with such a low count, even if it pushes the schedule back.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Report on latest chemo round

Sherrie began another round of chemo (number four!) on Monday of this week. Like clockwork, she threw up around 9:00 that night. She seemed to get a bit behind on the nausea on Tuesday and Wednesday (maybe because her scrip for Compazine ran out?), and had a rough couple of days.

She went on her morning walk this morning (Thursday), and seems to be feeling better. Hopefully she'll bounce back quickly.

The oncologist ordered Neupogen to start Tuesday the day after chemo. Maybe it will work well enough that she can get part two of this round next Monday.