Saudi Arabia/ USA: American Bedu Survived After Falling in to the Rabbit Hole!

Dear Bedu Family,


I apologize for my lengthy absence.  I have just returned home after a week in the hospital.  It’s been quite a roller coaster ride but finally the roller coaster is starting to slow down a little bit.


I’ve been sharing my journey with cancer with American Bedu readers since the beginning back in 2008 and now providing you with the most recent update.


I had started a new regime of chemo last week (Haloven) which has the reputation of being a very mild chemo.  However, in my case, I ended up with side effects that were not even listed!  (smile)  So I started out in the hospital due to a high fever but then my white blood counts ultimately dropped to 0.3.


I received some strong antibiotics around the clock.  Next my blood pressure started spiking in danger zones and I was put on a telemetry monitor.  There were some tense hours then when I feared that I was having too much stress put on the body at one time and wondered exactly where my journey with cancer was going. Thankfully an excellent nurse, nurse aide, doctor on call and consultations with my oncologist I was stabilized.


The roller coaster slowed but did not stop yet.  Last but not least, I learned that I am a newly diagnosed diabetic.  The doctor believes that the multiple steroids I had to take during both SIR-Spheres and with chemo brought about the diabetes.  I am on insulin now and learned how to give myself injections.  


The chemotherapy is now on hold.  (mixed emotions)  That decision was made because I have my third and final SIR Spheres liver procedure on Thursday and need to be in the best health as possible.  My doctor is optimistic that I can resume with a reduced level of chemo a month or so out from SIR Spheres.


Me? I am so very happy to be back home and reunited with my cats!  There really is no place like home, especially after a lengthy hospital stay! Between now and Thursday I have some follow up doctor appointments and will be busy getting some things done before being out of commission again for the few days associated with SIR Spheres.


I can’t guarantee to you, American Bedu Readers, how long it will take before American Bedu is fully back.  Thankfully I have two moderators who look after the blog.  I also wish to thank Aafke who in addition to being one of the most loyal and loving of friends, is an excellent writer of her own accord.  She jumped right in to fill the gaps during my hospitalization when I could neither write posts nor access the internet.


Although I did not have the strength or focus to write during my hospitalization, I had hoped to at least keep apprised of comments and read emails!  HAH!  I guess God meant for me to have a mandated absence from computers!  My tech-savvy son learned that laptops with the Windows Vista O/S are not compatible with the majority of public (open) networks which included the one at the hospital.


Still fighting and wearing full (pink) armor!


American Bedu


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