Sunday, June 20, 2010

Chemo #3, day #4 - Ice Cream and Church

On Saturday night Connie and I went over to the South Jordan Country Fest and spent 2-1/2 minutes walking through all of the vendor tents and went over to visit the Dreyer's Ice Cream vendor, sponsored by "Heather Glen School of Highland Dance" and picked up 3 qts of ice cream for $5.00! We walked back to the car and Connie was spent!

She made it through all 3 hours of church today and even managed to make a delicious dinner for Father's Day (crazy woman!!!). Thanks Connie!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Chemo #3, day #2 - Sooooo Tired!

Went and got her "day after" shot this morning and sent her off to work. She made it until 6pm and was very tired. Grabbed some dinner and I don't think she'll be up much longer!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Chemo #3 - Ya learn something new every day!

We are here at the Huntsmen Center and before the treatment began, this morning, the doctor pulled us into a room (this is normal) and discussed how things are going. We got to talking and he said he just wanted to remind us of why we were doing the treatment because there was still talk about doing 6 treatments vs. just the prescribed 4 treatments. He told us something that he had failed to tell us before. The biggest reason that we are doing the chemo is this: The surgury got her to a 35% chance of the cancer reoccuring. The chemo will reduce the risk to about 10%. The kicker was that if the cancer did show up again (and most likely it would occur in the bones), it would most likely be would also still be called breast cancer. If it did happen to show up in the breast, that would be the one area where it probably would be curable. I don't know if that hit Connie like it hit me, but that was a "what the crap" moment for me.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Day 18 after Chemo #2 - Sending off a Missionary

Connie has been strong this past week, but still tires easily. She helped prepare our home for guests to come see Cody after his farewell yesterday. She tried doing weeds on Saturday, but found that made her feel like she would pass out. She did do some pressure washing of the cement in the back yard and found that to be exhausting too. We did make it to Sams club on Saturday evening to purchase items for the small party and she came home and made up some excellent chicken salad and got things ready to be quickly placed after we arrived home from Church on Sunday.

A big thank you to Whitney and her friends who had a couple hours break between classes on Saturday (similar to an efy) and ran home to help us clean the house...that was awesome!

Tuesday night we meet with the Stake President at 9pm to have Cody set apart and then we take him to the MTC at 1pm the following day to drop him off.

Chemo #3 is Thursday morning.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Three Denton Missionaries all out at once!

Whitney (Elder Kyle Dentons' sister) received her call today to the Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh mission (English speaking) and will go into the Provo MTC on Sept 1, 2010!

Cody (Elder Kyle Dentons' brother) received his call on Apr 28, 2010 and is going to the Nicaragua, Managua North mission(Spanish speaking) and enters the Provo MTC next Wed., June 16th!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Day 10 after Chemo #2...Sunday Afternoon Trip to the Emergency Room

On Friday Connie called me on her way to our regular physician. She had been having an eye twitch for several days and all of a sudden she got a really sharp pain in her left temple. She was going to shrug it off, but felt compelled to get it looked at. After 15 min on the phone trying to get an appt, she decided to just get up and walk out of work and head over. Of course, our Dr couldn't be seen, as he was leaving early, so she had her blood pressure checked. Her bottom number was abnormally high, so she decided to go across the hall to the insta-care and they ended up doing blood work and ruled out several things, including stroke. They had to send out a vial of blood to a lab because they couldn't do this particular test in-house like all the others (which all checked out fine), and they would call her on Saturday to let her know the results. No results came on Sat and when we got home from church (1pm - 4pm...I know!) there was a message. She called them back and they told her that her CRP and Sedrate's (sp?) were elevated and to go directly to the emergency room and tell them to look at the Temperal Arteritis...whatever that is. After a blessing we left and long story short, she didn't really need to be there. She did not have continuing symptoms and her levels were where they would normally be on a patient on chemotherapy. The doctor still did a few tests to rule everything out. He basically said that if she did have what they thought she might have, the chemotherapy would have been treating it already. We're home now and everything is fine!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Day 5 after Chemo #2...Just really tired

Round two of chemo has not been near as hard on Connie, however, she is always very tired. The deep cough that she's had is probably what wiped her out the most. No itching since coming off of her itching anti-biotics, and no fever since coming off of her anti-fever antibiotics.

On Sunday she barely made it through Sacrament meeting and had to go home to sleep. Memorial Day (yesterday) was her 4th day after her chemo treatment, and was the hardest day the first go-around. She used it as another day of much needed rest.

Today she is off to work, tired, but not feeling sore at all.