Thursday, July 29, 2010

Facing Our Trials

I receive a "Daily Gems" and this one reminded me of my hero, Connie:

"Each of us will face trials and tests, and . . . it is how we react to those difficulties that will determine our success and happiness. Each of us will face adversity no matter where we are. We are taught in the scriptures that there 'must needs be . . . an opposition in all things' (2 Nephi 2:11). We will each face times of difficulty, and the question is not when we will face them but how we face them."
James B. Martino, "All Things Work Together for Good," Ensign, May 2010, 101

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Getting Ready for Chemo #5 of 6

Well, nothing too new has happened over the past couple of weeks. Connie has gained enough strength to work some crazy long hours at work, but her life has mostly been going to work and coming home to sleep so she can get ready to go to work again. She still has her intermittant cough and has been taking some natural sleeping pills to help her stay asleep throughout the entire night...haven't helped a ton, but it does a little, so she will continue with that.
Tue night she will take Whitney through the temple to receive her endowments in preparation for leaving on her mission on Sept 1st. On Thur she goes in for Chemo #5.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chemo #4, Day #7 - Coming back to life

Connie didn't make it to church on Sunday and, fortunately, slept all day. She tried to be a trooper and get up for work on Monday. It was like, go to bathroom (back to bed to rest), go eat breakfast (get halfway there, rest on couch, finish trip, eat very little, hobble back to couch, rest, back to bed to rest). There's take shower, rest, trying to get dressed, rest several times, get hair on, rest, gather keys, purse, waterbottle, fall asleep on couch while resting. I finally had to let her boss' know that she was going to take a nap and try going in in the afternoon. She was so out of it that I had to advise she wouldn't be in on Monday at all.

Tuesday she made it 10 hours, somehow. Came home, ate and went to bed.
Today was about the same, but with a little more bounce to her step.

Did I mention she is going to do 6 treatments?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Chemo #4, Day #3 - Tired Already

Connie had her 4th treatment on Thursday. She went right back to work afterwards and worked late to make up some time. Went to work Fri and worked late also...a team member at work is going on vacation and she's trying to get her ducks in a row to be able to help out. She took a sleeping pill last night and managed to get a pretty good amount of sleep. The day before, the day of and the day after she takes one pill that keeps her up at night, so the sleeping pill is to try to help her not get so tired simply from lack of sleep.
Today she went to work for about 5 hours and came back with a red face. After a couple hours of sleep and some rest, that went away and she wanted to go get a few errands done. We didn't get into the first store for more than 30 seconds and she was tired. She sat a few minutes and quickly shopped and we went to another store across the parking lot and then to one other nearby and sat at each place. I took her home and she's been in bed ever since (some sleeping, some watching tv). She just took all her pills for the evening and is hopefully out for the night. I am going to do everything I can to keep her from trying to go to church tomorrow. We've been down that road before!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fourth of July, 2010

Hi everybody,
It's been awhile since I've posted news about Connie. Sorry...with all the hub-bub going on with getting Elder Denton II (Cody) out the door and into the MTC, I've been a little lax.
Connie was told that the more treatments you have, the longer it takes to recover. This is true! She continues to get tired very easily and needs a break to recover. Her 4th treatment is this coming Thursday and we are going to do everything that we can think of to make sure she does not over-do it this time and use all her energies to simply get through what will probably be 5-7 days of recovery time. She continues to go to work full time and is a champion, but by the time she get's home, she is ready to eat and hit the sack. Sometimes just laying down for awhile helps her rekindle her energies, but most often a good nap is exactly what the doctor ordered.
We continue to be thankful for all of the thoughts and prayers (among other things) that are rendered in her (our) behalf. We are getting nearer to the end. We still have not decided for sure whether it will be 4 or 6 treatments, but I'll just put it out there. I'm all about just doing the 4 that the doctor recommended.