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Where I document my happenings, my life, and my thoughts.

Someone painted a large red bulls-eye on my butt and I want to know who it is! Monday I was rear ended for the 3rd time in 5 years. My car, my poor little Echo, is the car I got after my Elantra was totaled back in 2013. It's been a good little car. The gas mileage has been amazing. I filled the tank up just that morning and I hit 45 mpg. After dropping the boys off at school, I headed up to my parents to pick from their garden. I grabbed some peppers and tomatoes as well as a couple muskmelons. I decided to clean the dash so it was nice and shiny. I left their house late that morning. I was driving home when another vehicle pulled out in front of me. I hit the brakes, but not so hard to lock up the tires. The truck behind me was not so quick on the brakes. The car in front of me pulled away as if nothing even happened.

Well, I finally got a rental car yesterday and now it just a waiting game to see what they will offer me for my vehicle. 

2012 accident
2013 accident
2017 accident

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So, as the title states, it's been a busy week. Actually, to describe it more precisely, it's been stressful. We have two little ferrets: Thor, the handsome cream coated quirky male, and Lorelei, the sassy little girl who chews on anything that has a bit of rubberiness to it. Well, our little girl decided to swallow something a little bit bigger than her tummy could handle and it got stuck. We didn't see her her swallow it, but we knew she did something. Monday she was obviously ill. She was throwing up and not eating well. By Tuesday she was not pooping much and getting worse, so by evening we decided to give the blockage protocol a try. The blockage protocol for ferrets involves feeding them pumpkin then Vaseline hourly to try to move whatever is stuck along in their intestine track. Many people have success with it. We did not. By Wednesday morning she was dying and we needed to do something quick. We took her to the animal ER where they took x-rays and spotted the blockage. They put her on fluids, and she went into surgery by Wednesday night. She is now home and doing well, but it's definitely a scary experience for any pet owner. 

And now for my update. While Lorelei was recovering in the animal hospital, I went in to have my follow up PET scan. I would like to say that it was 100% clear, but unfortunately, I cannot. But it's not all bad news either. My body, for the most part, remains disease free, but there was another lymph node that was suspicious for containing cancer. This time it was located in my neck. Instead of going right in and biopsy it, we are going to wait 6 weeks and rescan to see if it possibly is just a reactive node from the radiation I recently had. This particular node is a little deeper and under the muscle bed, so I can't imagine going at it with a needle would be too comfortable. I guess we will have to hold our breaths for another 6 weeks.

Lorelei taking ...
Lorelei resting
Thor and Lorele...

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Radiation

I have completed 18 treatments of radiation and so far so good! I am starting to develop a few minor side effects, but nothing to stop my day. So far the worst of it is the lack of taste. EVERYTHING is so bland now. It makes me not want to eat. I have been trying new things to see if I can get any flavour out of it, but so far nothing is too exciting. On the bright side, my taste for sugar is still somewhat ok, so sweet things are better than anything else. Unfortunately, I have never really had a sweet tooth, unless it chocolate was involved, so I'm not going to force it. Besides the taste, I have a bit of a dry mouth and throat. I can't really stand air conditioning as it just makes me cough. I keep water with me at all times for the dry mouth. I keep drinking it and I keep peeing it back out. Ha!

Flooding

If you follow the news at all (which I really don't) you may have heard something about a ton of rain falling upon Burlington, WI and the Fox River. I don't live in Burlington, but I do live next to the Fox River downstream from Burlington. I can't believe how much rain we got! Eight inches actually. It just kept coming down. Streets, yards, and basements were flooded EVERYWHERE! Luckily I don't have a basement, but I do have a yard and live on a street. Both were flooded. But you see the problem with living off a river is the true flooding doesn't happen until all that water flows into the river. They say it was a 100 - 200 year flood. Luckily for me, I live on high enough ground to not have the flood water reach my house. Unfortunately, I live on a dead end street that connects to a street that follows the river and I don't own a truck. If I were smart I would have moved my car to the street somewhere out of the flood area, but if I would have done that I don't think I would have moved it far enough. The river was up higher that the flood maps showed. I'm glad I just kept it parked. I have a couple of awesome parents that picked me up after I trekked through crawfish and turtle infested waters so I could still make my radiation appointments.

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I made it! Six weeks of driving 2 hours back and forth daily are finally done! I am so happy to be sitting here on my couch at home while the boys run around the house screaming instead of sitting in the car for another 4 hours. I suppose you are wondering about how I am feeling. Honestly, not to bad. I suppose I have a bit of an advantage when it comes to that. I have found that upping my hydrocortisone on days that I am feeling crappy worked out well. Most people at this point are feeling pretty wore out. The side of my face is pretty burned. Just like a sunburn actually. Does it hurt? Not really. Again my advantage lies in the fact that I can't really feel anything on that side of my face from my surgeries. My taste buds are fried. This is probably the hardest part. Nothing tastes good anymore. Eating is more of a chore than an enjoyment. I can still taste sweet a little bit, so switching my foods over to the sweeter variety helps a bit. I like fruit. Pineapple is still quite flavorful, if not dulled a little bit. Pasta, breads, all meats, cheese, and anything that is dry is pretty much out. I can't swallow it. My salivary glands are pretty shot. Water has definitely become my best friend. That is not necessarily a bad thing I suppose. I have a bald spot on the back of my neck. Not noticeable at all unless my hair is in a pony tail, so really, not that big of a deal.

So now I have a good month to live my life worry free, to heal, and enjoy what's left of summer before I go back in to get more scans. I will be sure to keep busy.

Radiation at 6 ...
Radiation at 6 ...
Radiation at 6 ...

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I just wanted to quickly chime in to wish everyone a safe and fun Independence Day! For those of you who use IMVU, log in and receive a free gift that I made!! :D 

Cheers!!

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