Thursday, December 17, 2009

And the first day is done!

Brenda, my chemo nurse just left.....we are DONE with the first day. Other than feeling stuff flowing through my body, nothing yet.

I told her that this morning I woke up with images of "having chemo" being something like having those bugs in the Orkin commercials coming into my room and saying "Here lady, you need to drink this". It was nothing like that at all. Just another pump, a few more bags and a warm brown face telling me what was going in as she pushed it through the pump.

Piece of cake. But check with me next week...I might be cussin' the hell out of that pump, er, tree o' bags.

My Christmas Tree of Life.

Get your shopping done, y'all. Look what my procrastination has gotten me.

Kisses and hugs to all!


  1. I'm so glad it went well today. Keep up the good work, Penny. Even if and when it gets rough on you, be strong and positive. We're all going to laugh and cry about this NEXT Christmas, I PROMISE!!!!!

  2. Penny, you're lifting us readers (fans) up with your humor, grace under fire, and wonderfully positive attitude. You've got this thing knocked with that attitude. Keep up the good work. I think you can handle that chemo...your determination alone will keep any bad side effects at bay. About that well I know it's benefit of allowing us to sleep...I took one right before church last week...big mistake.
    Prayers and blessings,
    Beverly Walker

  3. So glad it is over for today! Now you can read, email, whatever!!! and hey--online ordering is my method of choice. What is that paypal account for anyway???? lol It's like magic!!!

  4. Penny,

    BUGS???? REALLY????? I'm so happy that the first treatment is over for you. The anticipation has been extremely difficult for you and your family. PERSEVERANCE...Never Give Up!! PS...some of my kiddos would be glad to offer you some new words to use if necessary!! I hope you have a good day. SMILES...Nita

  5. So glad your first day of chemo went well. I wanted you to know that I'm sending the very best thoughts your way (all the way from Atlanta!) :)

    Holli (Hitt) Seitz

  6. Cud'n Penny,
    How in the world can this be happening to you? How in the world can you be, as always, incredibly entertaining even while facing the big C? You are an amazing person.
    You and your family are in my prayers. I know you can beat this!
    Keep writing; we may need to look for a publisher!
    I love you,
    Cud'n Glenda

  7. I'm thrilled they've finally begun the chemo (and it wasn't as bad as you feared). I send you prayers and hallelujahs every day:
    (I don't know if this link will work, but this is the Hallelujah Chorus by the Silent Monks and it is hilarious to me--if no one else!)

  8. Well P does stand for Penny and Procrastination.... I did ya proud today honey... My tree is up! I'm so happy today is done for CHEMO. I hope you are still feeling your oats tomorrow and every day for the rest of your life! I love ya! Christy

  9. Penny, I have just discovered your blog and finished reading the entries. Your next creatvive endeavor will be to publish a book of anecdotes. You are a fabulous writer, humorous and entertaining. Save all these entries. Can you have visitors? I would love to come by to check on you. I plan to call William tomorrow so he can explain the ins and outs of this type of leukemia to me. Keep that positive attitude.. I have heard many times that an optimistic outlook has its own healing powers. Take care and I'm glad the vampire nurses don't have to continue probing and sticking.

  10. Dear sweet have so many PFATT prayers heading your way! I'm going to keep you in my thoughts and prayers and post your posts on the board so the girls can giggle through their tears. You are such a strong woman and I know you can beat this!!!

    And Glenda is definitely may need to look for a publisher!

    PFATT Hugs to you!

  11. Hi Penny, I hope you had a good day today. I'm thinking about you.Make sure you have a sketch pad with you. You can sketch designs for future ornaments based on the tree of life or the vampire nurses (with a twist of course). Let me know if you need anything to read or scribble on.
    Sally B.

  12. Penny!! I love you!! I can't say much more right now through the tears, (mostly from laughter) but you know I'm in your corner...on my knees lifting you up every day sweet friend.
    As someone said above, you are truly Grace under Fire.


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