Monday, February 23, 2009


A few people have asked why I'm not writing as often as I did a few months ago. There's not much to write. Things have been so calm recently. Maura has been busy living her life: online classes, voice lessons, friends, more friends, and MDA.

Chemo 11 starts tomorrow.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


Happy Valentine's Day to you, Maura. So many people love you and are glad you are a part of their lives.
This week it's been daily lab work and her weekly shots. And the stitches had to be replaced on her central line--two of the three little stitches that anchor the device, holding it in just the right place on her chest, had broken. Ouch. But not too bad. Maura said that this time the lidocaine worked. Oh, and Maura had a transfusion of platelets on Thursday.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

New Chemo Part 2

On Wednesday Maura received the second part of the new chemo regimen. She came home feeling fine, but by Thursday morning, the dreaded effects of her new drug were in full swing. Since then, everything has gotten worse, but still within the norm, we think. We had relatively short jaunts to the hospital on Thursday and Friday for shots and lab work. The only freaky thing this cycle has been an extremely high white blood cell count on Friday--quite the opposite of what we are used to. No fever, but lots of swollen cheeks, swollen throat, swollen glands, swollen joints, swollen everything. She spent the weekend in bed.