Friday’s Letters – May 30, 2014

Friday's Letters

Dear Chemo - You’ve been a blast,  but I am SO GLAD to see your backside as you Leave the Building!!   Say hi to Elvis for me!

Dear Favorite Pair of Wedge Shoes – I’m talking to you, Left Shoe.  Why have you left me in a lurch?  Seriously – just because you’re umpteen years old is NO REASON to suddenly decide to come unglued at the sole.  Especially because I wanted to wear you today.

Dear Louise – Thank you for the warning about the post-chemo crazy mood swings, and I wasn’t entirely kidding when I said that I would send my boys to stay with you (and other Friends!) for a few weeks.  It’s for their own sanity and safety, you know.  As a bonus for you and other volunteers, they’re good workers and know how to turn compost, build garden beds and use tools.

Dear Hair – Grow fast.  FAST, I tell you!

Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Minutes – May 12, 2014

::thankful – for today!  We’re getting some rain, and it was a beautiful weekend.  I’m tired today, but in very good way.

Totally and utterly thankful that Cherry Ames graduated from college!  I was totally unprepared for the complete rush of pride – I was grinning all weekend.  Look!  She’s officially a nurse!


Thankful for a weekend spent embraced by friends and family!  Thankful that the weekend involved lots of delicious food, and that super duper thankful for the extra time off from chemo.  I had an appetite and could taste every bite…I made a heroic attempt to make up for past sixteen weeks of nausea and bland.

Thankful that The Architect was promoted to Head Lifeguard!!  I’m so proud of him!

::captured –  Picture of me and Princess Pea! (And Mr. Pea reflected in my glasses.  He took the picture.)


No pictures of the boys…they spent a great deal of time dodging all the camera lenses this weekend.


::Kill All the Cells! –  I feel 10,000% better!! Let’s hear it for the miracle of antibiotics, albuterol and steroids!!  I am still dumbfounded that I walked around with pneumonia for more than a month and didn’t even know it.

Last round of chemo starts this Thursday.  Two more visits to the Infusion Lab and I’ll be FINISHED!!!


  • Lasagna, Tossed Salad
  • Swedish Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes and Peas
  • Grilled Ginger Orange Salmon, Broccoli Salad
  • Shrimp Tacos, Black Beans
  • Burgers, Baked Beans
  • Turkey Paninis, Fruit Salad, Raw Veggies
  • Homemade Veggie Pizza, Spinach Salad

::fashionable –   I’m completely vertical and back at work this week…grey hounds-tooth pencil skirt, white shell, black cardigan, purple scarf, and new summer shoes with some bling. 2014.05.12 Shoes

::praying for - Donna and Dan, for strength and grace in the coming days; Tom and Judy, as they care for aging parents;  friends with special intentions.

Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Minutes – May 5, 2014

::thankful – for today.  I’ve been ensconced at the Baylor Resort and Spa (aka the hospital) for the past week, battling pneumonia.  I’m so thankful for the doctors who so carefully and patiently worked until they had a proper diagnoses.  I’m doubly thankful for the nurses, technicians and respiratory specialists who have been administering antibiotics, steroids and other medications around the clock, working so hard to get me well again.  I’m secretly thankful that I get a longer break before my last rounds of chemo – it will be nice to taste food and feel wonderful for a few days.

:captured –  Okay.  This is the information board in my hospital room. My children have been embellishing it every time they come to visit. Click (it will open in a new window) and read the notes, especially the “Pain Management” information on the lower left side. When I first read that, I just roared with laughter – seriously, tears were running down my face.

Room Sign

::creative – I’ve knitted a whole sock during the past few days.  I’m starting the second one tonight.

::Kill All the Cells! –  I’ve been feeling pretty rotten for the past five weeks or so, presumably cumulative side effects of the chemo.  Then, I started running a high fever last Monday.  Fever is an absolute no-no for Chemo Warriors. I called Dr. C, and went to see her right away.  Initial blood tests indicated that I was severely anemic with really, really low red blood cell counts, and that I didn’t have the flu or strep. The low red blood cell count would explain my extreme fatigue, excessive heart rate and shortness of breath, but the fever was puzzling and dangerous, so she admitted me directly into the hospital for observation and more tests. It took some time, several x-rays and CT-scans and a consultation with a specialty diagnostician to determine that I had pneumonia.  It was hard to pin down because there wasn’t a lot of fluid buildup inside my lungs.  I just don’t have enough white blood cells to MAKE fluid to fill up my lungs.  All they can see on the x-rays is a tiny bit of fluid, and they can see that my lungs are sort of sucked in at the bottom, not able to fully expand.

Massive doses of antibiotics have killed the infection and the fever, and my lungs are slowly regaining their normal breathing capacity. I feel infinitely better today than I have in a while. I really, really hope I get to go home tomorrow!

My last round of chemo has been delayed for at least another week as I continue to recover.


  • I’m tired of hospital food.  I’m trying to convince my husband to bring me a pizza tonight.
  • We’ll be dishing into the prepared, frozen meals and gift meals from friends this week:  Chicken enchiladas, Pot Roast, Chicken Spaghetti, Shrimp Scampi, and Corn Chowder.

::fashionable –   Pajamas.  I’ve been wearing pajamas for a week.  Today’s pajamas are Gorgeous, though, a get well gift from my dear friend Lynne. They’re silky soft, navy blue with pale turquoise polkadots and lace trim.

::looking ahead – Cherry Ames graduates from college this week!

Keep the Faith.

angela pea