Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What's going on?

Hi everybody! Thanks for all your well wishes, comments and prayers. So. I thought I'd give you an update. I'll try not to be boring....

1. Surgery ? No. The dr. wants to hold off till Feb. or March.

2. How did I manage not to have surgery? 10 days of ice chips at 2 different hospitals, (with an ambulance transport ride - when i totally felt fine - kinda funny.)

3. Weight Loss? yeah... like 2 pounds.... that's it for 10 days of ice chips. really.

4. Chemo? round 6 started last monday. Got out of the hospital ... JUST IN TIME - yay!

5. Weight Loss? yeah, a few pounds after i actually started eating. See, ......starvation diets don't work!

6. Low Residue Diet? That's the diet i'm now on til surgery - very low fiber - (totally how i DON'T eat. ) What happens is that i have scar tissue on my small intestines. A high fiber diet makes it kink and then nothing goes thru. You feel like you are dying. .....until you get to the hospital for pain medicine.

7. New favorite pain medicine: Delotid - more powerful than morphine! works wonders.

8. New favorite food: cheetos. most of the "good for you foods" will send me for trip 3 to the hospital.

9. information? just trying to get the word out. If anybody ever has questions- you can reach me thru my store. I'd be happy to help and answer any questions. I hope to help people get to their Dr. as soon as they possibly can if they suspect any problems.

10. Merry Christmas XXOO laura


  1. Take care laura...who would have thought junk food would be the solution...

  2. wow-- cheetos!!! do you remember the woody allen movie "sleeper"? -- i think it would give you a good laugh laura-- it takes place in the future-- and they've discovered that junk food is actually good for you-- i've always found that idea very entertaining-- and now you get to put it to good use!!
    please save me some cheetos-- they are on my top 10 list of favorites!!

    --AND please stay out of that hospital eagle eye-- no healthy fiber-- at least not for now...XOXO

  3. Take care Laura and thank you for sharing everything that you go through...unbelievable cheetos.

    See you around Etsy. XOXO Gwen

  4. Awright! Cheetos it is; the "official" EPE food?!-what do you think!!??

    It is so good to have the update and you back here, Laura; hopefully, you will stay out of the hospital..and the next steps will go more smoothly! xoxo to you dear Laura

  5. Laura...Glad to hear your are home and hope you stay there! Wishes to you and your family for a wonderful holiday.

  6. Laura, what a great post... not only is it precise and informative for those of us who want to know, but it has its humor too... the humor that you are fortunately able to still find through all your health issues and hospital trips. Thanks for keeping us up to date. Still sending out thoughts and prayers and special hugs for you!

  7. Thanks so much for the update sweet Laura:-)
    Glad to hear you are out of the hospital ready in time for the holidays!
    Wish you don't have to go back there anymore!
    Have a wonderful time with your great family and get better every day.

    Sending lots of kisses to my coolest friend:-)

    xoxo, iris

  8. Merry Xmas, Laura. Glad that you are home. Best to you and your family. And I, like every one of your "fans", will continue to send positive energy your way for your continuing recovery.

  9. I knew cheetos were a miracle food!

    It's amazing how cheerful you "sound" though all of this. Continued prayers for you and your family. Hope you have an incredibly blessed Christmas.

    ~Stacy/Foxgloves (new to EPE)

  10. I'm glad to see you back home again, Laura. I'm wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas. xoxoxo

  11. Well, Laura! Now you've done it -- got me craving cheetos!!! I can't ever remember the last time I ate cheetos, but I do remember crunching lots of ice chips several years ago -- turned out I was anemic, and craving ice is a symptom. (No, I am NOT making that up!!!)

    And hey, you could NEVER be boring.

    Now you stay away from that naughty fiber -- tempting though it may be. :)

    Love you much.
    xoxoxo Mollie

  12. Thanks so much for the update. I'm glad you are home for the holidays. Have a Merry Christmas!

  13. Hi Laura
    I just wanted to send you enormous hugs and kisses all the way from little old New Zealand ... i'm super happy to hear you are out of the hospital!

    Take care ... special wishes for a wonderful christmas and a bright and incredible 2010!

    Kerrin xox