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

Minutes – April 21, 2014

::thankful – Prayers of rejoicing!  He is Risen Indeed!  Cherry Ames has a job! She’ll be working at a local hospital as a critical care nurse.  DirtBike had an amazing progress report with fabulous grades all around!  The Architect won the student council election and will be the student body president next year!  Princess Pea won a Windows tablet!  How COOL is that??

:captured –  Easter Selfie…because I couldn’t remember how to work the timer on the big camera, and Mass started in 20 minutes.

Pea Family Easter Selfie

::creative – I finally, finally finished that knitted lace hat. It’s gorgeous, if I do say so.

::Kill All the Cells! –  I’ve been laying low lately, not posting or writing much, mostly because I feel pretty rotten.  I have finished TEN rounds of chemo.  We’ve run upon some complications, namely a lot of fluid buildup around my lungs and heart.  More meds have been prescribed and I’m feeling better, just really, really tired.  I nodded off at mass Sunday morning like a two-year old!  Three more weeks, two more infusions and I’ll be DONE, ready to live a very long rest of my life!


  • I cooked dinner last night!  Actually stood in my kitchen, chopped, seasoned and cooked real food:  grilled chicken, tossed veggie salad and saffron rice.
  • We’re winging it the rest of the week.

::fun – Cardboard Boat Regatta, Prom (The Architect!!), maybe some gardening.  Easter Dinner with Friends!  The Architect is to the left with Mr. Pea; Princess Pea just right of me. DirtBike was out in the front driving his RC Car when we snapped the picture.  What wonderful friends we have!

2014.04.20 Easter with Friends

::fashionable –   Whatever is comfortable.  Since everything hurts, I’m doing my best to keep soft, drapey and pretty next to my skin.

Keep the Faith.

angela pea