Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Technically Speaking

5 Fridays this October!
Inquiring minds want to know what the deal is with the next stage of treatment.  So here are the details:  next Thursday (10/21), I will have a CT/PET scan (no barium needed, thank you very much) to see the success of the chemo as well as help to determine the schedule for radiation therapy. 

Since you're so curious, I will have you know that I have a flu shot scheduled for right after my scans as well as bloodwork to find out if my vitamin D levels are back to normal (after taking a crazy high 50,000 unit dose 3x a week for the past 4 weeks).

I will take discs of all scans with me to meet with my radiation oncologist (at Abington) on Oct. 27, where we will find out the recommended course of action with the zapper.  Hopefully, it won't be much more than two weeks of radiation (10-15 minutes each day), but we won't know for sure until the end of October.

For those of you paying extra close attention, you may remember our plans for a kitchen makeover.  Since Candice Olson (of HGTV fame) was unavailable to film Divine Design during a time that was convenient for us, we are going with Contractor VHGT (V is for very, H is for hot, G is for guy, T for his name).  The good news is that VHGT is custom making all of our cabinets at a reasonable price.  The bad news is that VHGT won't be able to start until Oct. 25 (now 1 week after the most recently declared start date).  Surprisingly, I'm not optimistic that the job will be done in a week, but supposedly it shouldn't take longer than that.  Famous last words. 

On our end, we are in the midst of lining up the countertop template measuring/install.  The troops are coming tomorrow to both pack up the unnecessary parts of the kitchen and set up a makeshift prep area in the dining room so that over the course of the next 2 weeks Dan can complete demo, sand the walls and prime them (bye bye blue paint!!).  Stay tuned for photos of each phase of the transformation.

And finally, here's the update on the Judah/End of Nap situation.  He told his teacher this morning that he was having trouble sleeping at night.  So we talked over lunch and decided to just have "rest time" in the afternoon, he didn't have to go to sleep.  And if he did fall asleep, I would wake him up earlier so that he would have an easier time at night.  Of course, he fell right to sleep and so after an hour and a half, I went in to wake him up.  It took a good 20 minutes before he was up and out of bed (the boy loves his bed), but he was happy and energized for the rest of the afternoon and fell right to sleep (no prolonged singing/playing in bed) at night.  What a kid.



  1. Is this Dan, the husband, or is the hot contractor also named Dan? If it's the husband,will he come north from LA, strip down our kitchen walls, and oversee a remodel of our kitchen? Should require just a few days tacked onto Thanksgiving. Payment in Turkish meals.

  2. hey! i like our kitchen! and if anyone is going to redo it, you know who it has to be mother (hint: your favorite person ever)! if i had know that you were looking for a contractor Mia, I would have asked Martha for a recommendation ; ) I am eager to hear about the scans, and miss all you guys! Judah is looking so cute as usual! Lots of hugs and kisses all around!