Finally…I finished the query letter, the proposal, made a bunch of changes in the manuscript and sent it to a publisher to take a look. This was truly a divine appointment. God made the connections happen at just the right time in a way I never could have foreseen. I am going to send it to one other publisher as well, a contact I made at a writing conference in June 2008. Then we wait to see what God will do. My adrenaline is running.
We met with the oncologist on Monday, and the CT scan results show that the lymphoma has grown, but not significantly. I am scheduled for a third scan in February. That will give the doctors a better idea of the growth rate of the cancer. I’m still feeling fine. I saw a doctor-friend of our at a soccer game today and she said I look a lot better than I did a few weeks ago. I didn’t know I looked so bad before . So, looking good and feeling good is good.
I had more blood tests and another CT scan on Thursday and Friday.
My blood results look better. My hemoglobin and hematocrit is up, my LDH is down. Yay! We meet with the oncologist on Monday to talk about the CT scan results.
The CT scan wasn’t much fun this time. When they injected the contrast dye, it felt like a hot elephant suddenly sat on my chest.
Ok, so I’m not pumpkin orange, but something’s going on. This diet I’m doing includes mega-doses of beta carotene; that’s the stuff in carrots that makes them…orange. Essentially, I am turning into a giant carrot. This is not entirely a bad thing.
I’m Swedish, which means I don’t tan very well. But right now, my face looks like I spent the summer playing tennis.
Lots of people ask me how I’m feeling, and the answer is I’m generally feeling fine, but I definitely notice I’m tired. Granted, I’m getting up early to help Cole in getting ready for the 6:40 am school bus, but by 8:00 at night I’m tired. Sometimes so tired I feel dizzy.
So the correct answer to the “How are you feeling?” question is “tired and orange.”