|no port? no problemo.|
I know I wrote about some odd symptoms I was having a few weeks ago, and over the past week, they definitely worsened. I quickly stopped taking all of the new meds I was put on (by 2 separate doctors), but the symptoms did not stop (as I thought they would). So, last night, mommy and I went over to the ER to get to the bottom of this worsened fatigue, shortness of breath, lightheadedness and a new dull pain in my shoulder.
Of course, I was certain these are signs of the cancer having returned, after only 3 short months of remission, and the only way to know for sure is to do a pet scan. Unfortunately, I had one of those 3 short months ago and so I can't have another one for another 3 months. I can have a ct, though, so after meeting the on-duty nurses, physician assistants and doctors (which = tell your story until you're blue in the face), I eventually make it to the scan room. I am scanned (not because they think C is back) because they think I may have another blood clot (had one last year in June after round one of chemo).
|pocket has a secret opening for a port.|
I just love pneumonia.
I will say, I dig the speed and efficiency with which the ER gets things done (at Abington, at least). I was in and out in 4 hours with bloods, ct, results and a filled prescription all completed. Now, 24 hours later, I will say that the shortness of breath has definitely improved, the fatigue and lightheadedness, not as much. As my mom says, we're still climbing out of the hole.
Separately, we lost Auntie Laura last night. Laura Ziskin, the mother of my dear sister-in-law, died from metastatic breast cancer. My brother, sister-in-law and Laura's husband, Uncle Alvin, were all with her at home. I imagine she was quite pissed. As, of course, am I.
I had always admired Laura's work (from my brother's point of view) until I met her at the SU2C telethon in 2008. Prior to that, I knew she had become part of my brother's left coast family and I had always enjoyed looking for her name in the credits of whatever movie I was watching (chances were she was involved somehow, if not in charge of the whole kit and kaboodle). My parents and I flew out to LA to watch the show live in the Kodak Theatre, our eyes filled with tears right from the start. Even though cancer had taken family members from me, I was still just "touched by" and not yet "in the fight" myself. My feelings about the big C weren't those of outrage and anger, but just sadness and sorrow.
Then we went back for the beautiful wedding the following Spring (two years ago - almost to the date). And we became "family". When I began my diagnosis and treatment adventures last year, Laura was right there - a phone call away - to talk to me about what I should wear or eat (or swallow the night before) that might make it all a bit easier to handle. Remember the wigs? They came from her in a perfectly-timed care package just after my hair had taken hiatus and I was way down in the dumps.
|in the chair, in the fight.|
That admiration has not changed one bit. I will always adore that spirit, the feisty nature that helped her become a success on many levels. I wish I could say I was mad as hell, but I'm not quite there yet. I feel sad for the rest of us that she's gone. I feel robbed for my sweet sister who had to say goodbye way too soon. And of course it rears the fear that if this can happen to LZ, it can happen to anyone.
In trying to bring myself some comfort minus the calories, I've been reading all of the lovely words other people have written for and about Laura today. My two favorites: