Latest Medical Update

As you are reading this, I am holed up in my hospital bed drinking as much water as I can and running to the bathroom. If you’ve been following my latest cancer setback, you know that I spent all week back and forth to Mayo Clinic daily to set up my treatment which happened today.

I have thyroid cancer. My thyroid was removed way back in February of 2016…yet a few cells have stuck around to make my life a bit of a rollercoaster in the health department. In November, CT scans showed that I have “activity” in my lungs. It was time to treat it again. This is no easy quick appointment so it’s taken all of this time from the end of November to the beginning of March to set it all up.

Today was the day…I’m so happy I am on the downward slide. This time around, SO FAR, things have gone much more smoothly. I’m so thankful for that. I’m not out of the woods yet as last time, I was at my worst about two weeks after treatment…so now I’m sitting with fingers crossed hoping for the best.

So sometime around 1 pm today, I took my Radioactive Iodine dose. (I am writing this Thursday night as I don’t want to leave you high and dry with no blog posts to read..I also know many of you are concerned about me) I am required to be in the hospital until the gigger counter can take a reading of my body and I emit an amount of radioactivity that is safe for the public. WEIRD…I know.

Everything went really well on my trip to Rochester on Thursday. Our daughter Kelli went with me.

She wanted to be my support team for the day…and she wanted to have a day away from her kiddos and go shopping too.

Things at Mayo Clinic were pretty uneventful. I had my third scan of the week and my fourth shot of the week.

News on the medical side of things is that they are thinking they will give me a 300 dose. The first time it was 150 with no hospitalization. The second was 250 and I was hospitalized and able to go home on Sunday evening. With a 300 dose, I’m guessing it will be Monday. We’ll see. So…if you don’t hear from me don’t worry. I do have a few blog posts scheduled but some might be missing. Again…don’t worry. I’m okay and if there is some glitch, my daughter Kayla will jump on the computer and let you all know. She’s on stand-by.

MANY MANY thanks to all of you who have been traveling this path alongside me. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. Thank you.

After that, Kelli and I went to Target to kill time and then to the Children’s Exchange.

I ended up going in for a bit and then out to the car. I brought cross stitch with and preferred stitching. Kelli doesn’t mind a bit. It’s a big family joke that NO ONE EVER wants to go shopping with Kelli. She takes forever. In fact, I sent the photo you see above to the family Messenger group with the caption, “Pray for me”. The other kids all sent back laughing emojis. HA!!

From there we went on and did some more shopping…and thrifting.

I learned that I can eat at Taco Bell. There are a few things I can’t eat but other than that, the menu is pretty safe if I order everything with no sour cream and no cheese. We ended up stopping there on the way home and I got a crunchy wrap. Cheap fast food has never tasted so good! HA!! I sure wish I had known that earlier in the week. I would have had it every day. With the diet I’ve been on as part of the prep for treatment, I’ve had ZERO take-out or restaurant food for three weeks.

I had to take a picture of the bathroom at Taco Bell…Aren’t the tiles fun??

Some of the shopping the thrifting Kelli and I did involved a quilt shop…in fact two. I’ll save that and tell you about that on Monday. I likely won’t have any sewing to share so I’ll share fabric instead.

I did something I haven’t done in a LONG-LONG time…buy fabric from a quilt shop. Stay tuned.

23 thoughts on “Latest Medical Update”

  1. Prayers continuing as you take the next step in this journey. I believe a little fabric therapy was definitely needed and earned. Crunch Wraps are my favorite Taco Bell item. For a long time I couldn’t remember the name and just called them the Stop sign. Kick back and take it as easy as you can. We will keep lifting you up.

  2. Thank you for keeping us posted, Jo. You’re right: we do care. A lot. I’m sending best wishes for: good food, happy stitching, a short stay, and a speedy recovery.

  3. Continuing to pray for you now and always.
    Nice that you were able to go to Taco Bell. That must have been a happy surprise. Glad Kelli was with you too.
    Love and prayers

  4. Praying everything is running smoothly and getting the job done. Those tiles are so much fun. Oh the suspense waiting to hear about the fabric.

  5. You are in my thoughts and prayers . Glad you got out for some shopping and take out before your hospital stay. Your stitching will be a great companion for you during your stay. Love your positive attitude. Wishing you the best outcome.

  6. Continued prayers for you this weekend. Glad you had fun with Kelli on Thursday and had some retail therapy. Maybe some quilt designing this weekend too? You’ve got this!

  7. Brenda in Georgia

    Love hearing from you so much and knowing how wonderfully well you are coping. I hold you in great admiration for all you have been through and are going through, and I am thankful to be part of the huge group sending you love and prayers. Thank you so much for including us in your life. May all continue to go well for you. You are really blessed for the wonderful love and support of your beautiful family. Hearing from you every day, with all of your beautiful quilting and other interests, helps keep me going. Sending love from here in Georgia!

  8. Good luck! I hope everything goes well for you and the side effects aren’t so rough this time. Fingers crossed! Waiting for Kelli while sh shops is hilarious! My son used to be like that in Best Buy. It drove me crazy!

  9. So glad you are doing things you love—always part of good health! We are all cheering for you, Jo! The tile at Taco Bell really makes me think of Dear Jane quilts! I would love to have it in my bathroom!

  10. Barbara Firesheets

    Hi Jo. Glad Kelli got spend the day with you and you girls enjoyed some shopping/stitching time. You are so thoughtful to schedule blog posts for us to read while you’re tied up with your medical treatments. That is so sweet! I really enjoy reading your posts and seeing what you create. You inspire me (and I’m sure many others too). You are in my daily prayers.

  11. Thanks for the update, Jo. Glad you got some shopping done and Taco Bell sounds like a special treat before you were admitted. Can’t wait to see what you bought at the quilt shop and what cross stitch projects you decided to take along.
    Prayers will continue!

  12. Dorothy in Chicago

    Continued prayers for you Jo as you continue on your journey. Just know that you have many people thinking and praying for you.

  13. Nancy in Colorado

    Thought of you today when thrifting. I didn’t even get a cart because I was only looking. Yeah right. They had a ton of flannel, which I use to make baby blankets and some was even ‘boy’ fabric which is harder to find. Very un-Jo like, but I paid the full price ($5 for 2 to 3 yds).

    Have fun stitching this weekend. Can’t wait to see the progress (but do we have to wait until fall?)

  14. Had to laugh about Kelli shopping. I am just the same! I went with a friend on a two day shopping trip – never again. She zips in, like a guy, zips out. I’m methodical- look at everything at least once. Miserable, miserable trip but I love my friend – no shopping together tho.
    Continue to pray for you dear friend.

  15. So glad things are going more smoothly with treatment. You are in my daily prayers for positive healthy outcome and that you continue to feel better than before. So glad you got some shopping in and I’m waiting to hear about the quilt shop stops.

  16. Beryl in Owatonna

    Continuing to keep you in my prayers. So glad it is going better this time. Taco Bell is good, it doesn’t seem to be so ‘fast food’! So glad you had company, I hate to think of you on the road alone after all of this. You are so lucky to have such a supportive family!! It will be fun to see your purchases, you always find the best shops.

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