Sunday, April 15, 2007

I guess there's always something.

Today was a good day. Lots of family time; my brother's birthday is coming up. Yet again, I had a delicious brew at a restaurant in Milwaukee. And there were no negative side-effects or hallucinations, which is always a plus. I have also consumed a goodly amount of chocolate this afternoon. I devoured the entire cranial section of a chocolate bunny; I also had hot chocolate as an evening snack. Chocolate is still delicious to me, but I find that I can't tolerate as much of it as once was my norm. I suppose that's good though; the last thing I need is to be eating whole chocolate bunnies in one sitting. So that's the good news.

The cancer-news is that I am currently experiencing bone pain, in conjunction with joint pain. It's actually really weird: when I cough, I can feel my leg and arm bones twinge. The other side of my elbow, which I know has a name, but I can't remember it, is the primary location of the joint issues. It's not debilitating, it's just really weird. Apparently though, this is not unusual. It just means that I will not be taking my growth-factor shot tonight. My nurse explained to me that I might feel bone pain. The G-CSF shot is great because it helps raise white blood cell counts. However, it causes your marrow production to kind of go on overdrive with the cells. So right now, I guess my marrow is either producing too many white blood cells, or it is producing them too quickly. I find that ironic. I have cancer because my marrow wasn't making any white blood cells, and now it is making too many. Thanks bones, thanks. But the nurse told me to just take a few Tylenol and go to bed. It should be gone in the morning. So pop pills and head to sleep, I will. Enjoy Marathon Monday if you're in Massachusetts. Otherwise, I hope everyone has an agreeable Monday anyway. Do something silly or random to make yourself smile. I'll be spending the day downtown. Peace!


Clarendon Hills said...

So, if you were to go outside and stand in the wind, would you experience a pleasant humming feeling in your bones? Kind of like a human tuning fork, eh?

Anonymous said...

Thinkin' about you, everyone and long summer nights on baldy.

Hope you're doing alright. Your courage amazes.

Take care,

Tyler said...

Yaaaa! having a brew for the brother!!! i'm drinking for you caroline!! yay!!!

Megan Amanda Steffen said...

I spent Marathon Monday writing the paper that I am still currently writing.

I suck.

kev-kev said...

i still have a chocolate bunny on my dresser from easter, i should probably get around to eating it

anyone remember those kraft singles commercials where the little kids would hold up the orange slices of processed cheese and say it's good for your bones? caroline, just eat a block of orangey goodness and gimme a call in the morning