Ruth's musings

I have been dealing with breast cancer for a while, and have been sharing my journey with friends, family, and prayer partners. This blog brings all my updates together in one place, and leaves me free to muse on other parts of my life. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ruth Update, August 12, 2008

Dear Friends, Relatives, and Prayer Partners,
We are having a new furnace/ac installed today, and I am staying home, out of the way.  It is so nice to have somebody to fill in for me at work when I need to have days off for things like this.  Thanks, Rosalie!
The trip to Disney World was great, but tiring.  I don't think my knees will ever be the same.  Thanks to a letter from my oncologist, I was able to get a special card that enabled our whole party to skip most of the lines, so we probably got to see more than most people do.  The guys were on their own when it came to roller coasters, though.  Most of the time they got speed passes, which means you reserve your time slot in advance.  One time, Matt and Timmy took the "single rider" line, which meant that they didn't get to sit together, but it was a much shorter line.  I will not use my special pass to get my boys to the front of a line of a ride I do not intend to board.  We did try renting a wheelchair on the third day, as my legs and feet were very tired, but we found that to be more trouble than it was worth, though at ten dollars a day, transferable to other parks, I thought the price was reasonable.  We could have gotten an electric scooter, but that would not have been much better, except Matt would not have gotten so tired pushing.
If you go to Disney World, and they have something that says "3-D," go see it.  It is actually a "4-D" experience, with added sensory experiences.  I will say no more!  Those polarized glasses are great for 3-D, much better than the old red and blue technology.  Even Matt, who has poor vision in one eye, could enjoy the experience!
You have my permission to skip "It's a Small World," unless you have a horrible song stuck in your head and want to get rid of it.  It will be replaced with one that is so sweet it will make your teeth ache.  We have done that ride, so you don't have to.  Don't get me wrong, it is well-done, as is everything at Disney World, but it just goes on too long.
We were able to get four-day passes for the boys and me, more cheaply than the three-day passes, but Paul and I had to go to a time-share presentation.  It's a good thing Paul has no trouble saying "no."  By the time we left, though, the woman who was assigned to us was working with another couple.  Maybe she had better luck with them. 
The Auto Train ride back was fun and comfortable, though I didn't sleep soundly.  Matt and Timmy "slept like teenagers," and Paul figures he slept as well as at home.  The food was good, too, and included in the fare.  If you don't have trouble sleeping in coach on airliners, you could take coach on the Auto Train.  We peeked into the coach cars, and it looks like they have plenty of leg room, and they promise the seats recline and have footrests.  As it turns out, meals are included there, too, though we in the sleepers got a wine-tasting (Virginia wines and munchies).  If you think you want to take the Auto Train from Virginia to Florida or back again, check with me.  I have a few tips for you!  Nothing like learning by experience.
I posted some photos of our trip on my blog
On the cancer front, it was certainly nice to take a month off, but my cancer markers went up about 100 points during that time.  Ah, well, I feel okay, and am back on Xeloda, the oral chemotherapy I was taking while on the IV Taxotere.  We will try that for a few months, and then have another PET scan to see how things are going.  My fingernails are slowly recovering, though I still fear getting yeast and other stuff under them.  I soak my nails in hydrogen peroxide to clean out any beasties that might be hiding there.
Thanks for your continued prayers and good wishes!
Get mammograms.  Do self-exams.


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