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Dec 16, 2018 · Immunotherapy and chemo; Keytruda side effects in Lung Cancer

Nancy Bush/ shortshot0 Hi Colleen and Teresa) Howdy ladies, I'm finally back. It has been a while. I had immune therapy in March, April, May, and then went through a tough time with pain in all my joints. Doc told me that sometimes the immune therapy will do that, so have been on Prednisone off and on for several months. I have been trying to cut it down, then I start the pain again. Am on some sort of a merry go round for several months. . For the past couple of years that I've been going to the doc, they have put on a Christmas buffett with all kinds fo cold cuts, cheese's, crackers, hot chicken wings of two or three flavors, veggies, cookies, candy, punch, some "booze" if you want, just a great spread for patients and family. Very nice and much appreciated. Everyone had a great time visiting. Saw my doctor before lunch and my cat scan show no new growth, which is a good thing, and am trying again to cut the Prednisone down, however much slower this time. So it will work, just going to take some more time. I am feeling good, looking good and gaining more strength each week. I still do all my own clothes washing, folding etc, dishes and as much other things that I can get done daily. Have been working on my book, hopefully some time soon I can get it to the printers. I did have some news the other day. July I will be a "great great grandma! Wow, doesn't seem possible that could be, but I will spoil what ever kind I get! Doesn't seem possible that it has been seven months since my hubby died. Yes it does get lonely at times but it is better that it was. I have purchased my Christmas present which will be installed tomorrow. I have a new carpet for the living room. I am excited to have It installed tomorrow. It has been over 22 years since the last one. Something new always makes you feel great and also cheers up the home. I will be seeing the doctor again in about three weeks, then will see what the plan is going to be for me. Ladies, I'm so glad to be back here and join the conversation's, seems like forever since I was in here. Thank you Colleen for all the help, information to be back.
We have been having some wild storms here on the coast of Oregon, 60 mph winds, and lots of rain. Supposed to keep us wet for the next week or so. Have a great day everybody, I will be back in here soon. Nancy

Oct 10, 2018 · Loss and Grief: How are you doing? in Just Want to Talk

Hi Teresa, (shortshot Nancy) My brother B is one and one half years younger than me. Last Friday he and his wife were in a small town on the coast, had spent couple days there, well on Friday he loaded the car and told his wife we need to leave and you need to drive, Get me to the local hospital. The doc's there wanted to life flight him to a different hospital, he told them no and to send him to Portland and his regular doc. Arrived in Portland , his doc met him and told him that there wasn't anything they can co expect start hospice. B called another brother G and told hi what was going on and not to tell me. He told him that I had enough problems. Anyway I called him to tell him about me, then I found out about him. He said "well dear neither of us is doing to well. Well G came to visit me yesterday and I found out he has bladder problems with blood in it. We prayed for each other and also for brother B. This year has not been to much fun.
More Later Nancy

Oct 5, 2018 · Loss and Grief: How are you doing? in Just Want to Talk

Hi Teresa, shortshot, Yes the counselor is helping quite a bit. I see him again on the 16. Will also have a ct scan on the 11 th I think. But am doing somewhat better. Nancy

Oct 4, 2018 · Loss and Grief: How are you doing? in Just Want to Talk

Hi Teresa (shortshot) Things have just seem to explode, I have had my "Immune therapy sessions, which have been ok. But this last week, I spent Last Sunday 9/20 through Wed, in the hospital, I Had a fever 101.8, doc thought I had pnouminia and gave me antibotics.
Spelling isn't very good tonight. Anyway I was there for four days, Also I had all my joints hurting really bad, couldn't hardly get around. Well say my cancer doc today, said it could have maybe be a reaction to last month treatment. Gave me some pain meds and that them three times daily. Am really tired. Still am having a hard time with all the grief and so is Randy. He is just a basket case. But things will be better with time. Thanks for checking on me…… Had my treatment today and I'm tired. More later. (Nancy)

Oct 2, 2018 · Loss and Grief: How are you doing? in Just Want to Talk

(shortshot Nancy) Hi Teresa, I'm sorry for being so long. I have had several visits with a trained councilor in the past several weeks.. I also have been the hospital for four days. Started with a fever of 1 -1/2 temp. Thought I had pnoumnia SP) decided that I didn't have it so it must be a reaction of my last treatment. So don't know what it is. All I know is that everyjoint is so painful, so I received some pain pills , so don't know what is going on. I am so teary and my #1 son has been pretty hurtful toward me. Don't know which side is up. Not fun. #2 son Randy is having a awful terrible time with his grief. I Can't seem to help him any. Just one thing after another. I don't know what to do Teresa… I'm at a loss. Please just pray for me and my family. Nancy shortshot) Thanks for asking. Nancy

Sep 12, 2018 · Loss and Grief: How are you doing? in Just Want to Talk

Sept 12, Hi Teresa, Things have sorta slowed down to a lower roar! Last Monday 10th) turned out to be a fairly nice day. This last week my washing machine decided to not pump the water out so have had to purchase another. Think this one is at least 15 years plus, so I've not lost anything. Just about 9 days of wash to do. I can do that is several loads after my grandson picks up the washer and bring it home for me. So should get the washer today, hope so anyway. Along with that it started to rain this morning and everything is all wet. Haven"t had a real rain since at least last April. So it was due to have a good soaking. Started to tell you that the local Elk's club held a dinner for "Widow's " and I was invited to attend. So I called them and told them I would be delighted to attend, however I am unable to drive anymore, and could someone pick me up. Lady called back next day and told me she had located a gentleman who would come get me, and then after the dinner, bring me home. Couple of my boys weren't too excited for me to go with some one we didn't know, but I just told them that I would be ok and so that cooled them off a little bit. The dining room was decorated very nice and with flowers on all the tables.
Would I like to have something to drink. By all means, that would be just great. I sat at a table with three other ladies, visited with them and had a very nice time. Dinner was Chicken with some ham in it with potatoes, gravey, rolls, carrots mixed with squash and spices. Strawberry shortcake for desert.. The gentleman who picked me up knew one of my sons and one of my grandsons. I live about 25 miles from the Elks Club and we had a nice conversation going both ways. The evening was just great and yesterday I sent a email to our local newspaper, telling about the invite/dinner and a public thank you to the Elks. Over the years when a "club/business or whatever" I would always write a note to the newspaper and voice my thanks. I think that was a very nice gesture for a business / club to do.
My #2 Son is having a really bad time after the death of his wife couple weeks ago. Next Spring sometime is when the service for her will be. Hopefully by then things will be somewhat better for him. Prayers for the family would be nice. Thanks Teresa for listening. It really helps to be able to "talk". and get some relief from stress. Nancy shortshot:

Aug 27, 2018 · Loss and Grief: How are you doing? in Just Want to Talk

Hello reibur1951. Almost sounds like a disease that my #3 Son has. Doc's give him xx, but no pain pills. He hurts about one hour of his medicine. disease is called "Jak2) and can turn into leukemia. So takes the medicine and then within 30 minutes he is sweating so bad and the pain is just hi. I have to hide my pain pills. I have two kinds of cancer. One is just plain old cancer, othe is mesotelioma. I have received information that medicare will not pay for my blood work or chemo. I have lost my husband of 67 years and my #2 son has just lost his wife with lung cancer. His first wife died of melanomah. I am almost at the end of all stress stuff. I just can't take any more. I am 85 and am trying to live as as quite as possible. (Just not Happening.) These last months have been so stressful, I just don't know, what to do if any thing. It's hard. Nancy shortshot.

Aug 26, 2018 · Loss and Grief: How are you doing? in Just Want to Talk

reibur1951 I am sorry to read of your friend, I lost my husband of 67 years on May 4th. It''s not fun to lose someone you love. I'm sorry for your loss. Nancy shortshot)