A little good news

We had Sammie’s 2 week follow up appointment with the oncology vet this past week and we got a little good news – her lymph nodes have shrunk a little, Yay! The Dr was very pleased by this and said it normally takes a little longer to see results so she’s encouraged that Sammie will continue to respond well to the treatment, Yay again! She’ll continue with the chemo & steroid meds and we’ll go back in 30 days for another checkup.

I snapped this picture of her the other day – she hates to have her picture taken but while I was getting ready to let her clean my oatmeal bowl she sat there so pretty I had to grab my phone and snap a pic before the moment passed

That little tongue sticking out just kills me ❤

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I’ve made considerable progress on the commission tshirt quilt – the top is almost done! I have two vertical seams left to sew.

I reached out to Kitty to get her ideas for backing and then went online to find some options. I sent her six possibilities and she chose this one, which I’ll also use for binding:

I’ve been itching to start something new but I really, really, really need to finish up a few other projects. I have everything ready for basting on three other quilts (Rainbow Improv, Meadowland & Granny Cabin) so I’m planning to spray-baste them the same time I do this commission quilt.

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In WW news, I was down .4 yesterday…I only need .8 more to hit the 10# mark! I can do this!!

That’s about all for now…enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

Holiday and other stuff

We had a nice Thanksgiving holiday, we went to the same local restaurant as last year – Carolina Roadhouse here in Myrtle Beach. For $21.95 they serve a plated traditional Thanksgiving dinner (not a buffet) and just like last year it was awesome! However, as we were waiting to be served we decided we’d probably cook at home next year. We’ve eaten out a few years now and we kind of miss the whole cooking at home thing and all the leftovers that come with it!

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No sewing going on here the past week, as you might imagine I’ve been in a bit of a funk with Sammie’s diagnosis and treatment plan. The chemo pills will be here Monday and I’m horribly apprehensive about giving them to her…I feel like I’ll be feeding her poison! Ugh!! but I know I’ve got to get over that, give the treatment a shot and hope her little body will be able to handle it.

I’ve got a commission t-shirt quilt waiting to be started and thankfully it’s for a friend who understands what’s going on right now so she’s not pressuring me. I’ve also got several tops waiting to be basted, quilted and bound…and each day I think about working on them but then I don’t 😦

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I went to WW on Saturday and I’m down the same 1.8 I’ve been gaining & losing for about 3 months now…SMH! I switched to Green last weekend and I’m doing a pretty good job tracking everything so let’s hope this loss gives me some momentum to keep losing!

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Last but not least, we officially closed on our Lake Wylie home this past Monday. I think I was holding my breath all day until they finally wired the money around 3:30pm. What a tremendous weight off my shoulders…I was so worried things were going to fall through at the last minute (we had that happen with our home in MD 14 years ago!) – but it’s all done now!!

That’s all for now…have a great rest of your weekend!

Update on Sammie

Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of information…we drove down to Charleston last week and met with the oncologist. She seemed to think Sammie’s lymphoma was not too far progressed and would respond well to treatment however she couldn’t tell us exactly what kind of treatment to recommend without another cytology test – a “flow cytology” to be exact. So they took another sample from her lymph nodes and also took a blood & urine sample to make sure all her other vital organs were ok.

They shipped the cytology off to Colorado for the special test and we should know the results before Thanksgiving. At that point they’ll recommend treatment options. She said it could be administered either by IV or oral but we won’t know which one would be most effective until we get the results. More waiting…

This first visit and the tests they’re conducting cost us $758… wow, I can’t even imagine what the treatments will cost 😮 Of course it doesn’t matter how much it costs because we’re going to do everything we can to help her get better – as long as it doesn’t affect her quality of life.

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I haven’t been in much of a mood for sewing, I think it’s a combination of things: Sammie’s diagnosis, change of seasons, closing on our other house, holidays…etc. That’s a lot for me to process right now and sewing has taken a back seat.

We’re supposed to close on our other house Monday…like tomorrow! I should feel some relief after that’s done!!

I did actually get my Granny Cabin top all pieced together last week…it was a struggle but once I got half way done I just had to finish. This will live in my ‘to be quilted’ pile for a while until I figure out what I want to do for backing and quilting.

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I went to WW yesterday and I was up .2 – that’s really not that bad considering my nervous eating was running wild last week but I decided to switch from Purple to Green anyway. I have a real issue with portion control and with all the zero points items on Purple I was over doing it. I also saw a post on FB with this great summary of ‘How to Choose’ a plan and Green sounds more like me:

That’s all for now, have a great rest of your weekend and…

A new chapter begins…

Last week we found out our little baby girl, Sammie, has Lymphoma. I know, that’s an awful way to start the blog post but I figured I’d just get it over with. Sammie had her teeth cleaned at the end of August and a few weeks afterward I noticed two small bumps on her neck under her jaw. I kept an eye on them and a few days after she got groomed in October I noticed her ears were all crusty inside. I wasn’t sure if something happened at the groomers but I took her to the vet to find out what was going on.

They swabbed her ears and ran a culture, it came back as a yeast infection. They looked at the bumps on her neck and said her lymph nodes appeared to be swollen which could be a result of the ear infection. We got some drops and ear wash and ran that cycle for 10 days. When we went back for her follow up her ears were great, the infection was all cleared up but the bumps were still there so they took a sample…and the result is Lymphoma. They referred us to the nearest oncologist which is about 2 hours away in Charleston. We have an appt for a consultation this Thurs 11/21 – hopefully we caught it early and they can treat it.

Needless to say I’ve been an emotional wreck for the past week. The good news is Sammie doesn’t act any different. She still runs and plays & eats and sleeps like normal…but DH & I know and we’ve been giving her extra treats and laying lots of love on her. We need to be careful not to let her gain a bunch of weight because that’s not good for her either.

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WW released their new myWW plans last week and I chose Purple. My eating has gotten way out of control especially with snacking at night. The Purple plan has the lowest number of daily points but has 300+ zero points foods so I’m hoping with the restriction of points I’ll start using the zero points foods for snacks. At my weigh in yesterday I was the same as when I weighed in two weeks ago…which is a pleasant surprise because like I said I had been snacking way too much!

I went to the grocery store and bought a few things from the zero point list like FF plain greek yogurt, SF/FF vanilla pudding mix, fruits & veggies. I’ve also been using the Connect feature on the app to search for recipes. Hopefully this change in the plan will be the kick-start (or kick in the butt) I need!!

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The sale of our Lake Wylie house should be final next Monday 11/25…all inspections are done and the agreed upon repairs have been completed. The appraisal was done last Monday and we’ve not heard a word so my realtor says ‘no news is good news’ in that regard. It will be nice to have this chapter closed before starting a new one with Sammie’s treatment.

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I know I asked for good vibes for the sale of our house and now I’d like to ask for more good vibes & prayers for our Sammie girl. She’s 11 years old and I’m worried she may not handle the treatments very well – even though I have no idea what the treatments may be. I refuse to search the internet about this until we we meet with the oncologist.

That’s all for now…have a great rest of your weekend.