Thursday, December 13, 2007

Still upright

I kept thinking that I would get sick any day now. But, alas, I am feeling fine. My days have been filled with shopping, games, decorating, braces, loose teeth...and I would not want it any other way. I felt a little tired, but it has been a great round. I am thankful that this treatment can be long term. I am counting on it working!

Thank you God, for Ixempra. Now that my prayer has been answered concerning side effects, I am moving on to the far more important request--amazing effectiveness. I pray that this medicine is the perfect combatant for my unique tumors.

Well, because we moved back my chemo, I was able to attend Bryn's Christmas program at her school. She was precious! I am sure her teacher would not agree as Bryn got a little bored up in the choir loft and started pulling tiny bits of white feathers from her fur trimmed dress. This was not all. She then began throwing the said feathers up into the air and pushing them further away by blowing with her puffy cheeks. I think my new video camera caught it all. Including her beautiful singing. It was fun to watch! Here is a small segment of the video to prove my point. She makes me smile.

Other important news is Katelyn got braces today. She looks very cute, and a little more grown up. Her teeth hurt a ton. She came home from school and went right to bed. Poor thing. She choose aqua for her first rubber band color. We have a whole new world approaching with a new long list of foods to avoid. Her orthodontist said she will most likely have them on for 18 months. I jokingly told Katelyn "Merry Christmas" after I was paying part of her big orthodontist bill. I seriously told her that it was a privilege to have braces and a lot of people could not get them. She looked with complete sincerity and said, "Why??" The receptionist told her many of their clients were adults getting braces because their parents could not afford them growing up. Then we had a conversation in the car about abundant blessings.

Not to be out done with tooth excitement, Jadyn lost her first tooth today! Actually, her mom pulled her first tooth today. This afternoon, Jadyn said her tooth hurt. I looked at it, and told her that is was loose:) Thus began the incessant tongue wiggling, tooth excitement. We had a few errands to run and I told her when we got home I would feel it with a napkin as to not get my dirty hands (or hers) into her mouth. She was prompt with the napkin when we arrived home. It seemed like it needed a few more days when I felt it, but gave it a little tug anyway. She winced a little and left to fidget some more. I am not a wiggly-tooth mom. I pulled almost all of Katelyns teeth quickly as to avoid the "dangling by a thin tread loose-tooth syndrome". Alas, Jadyn came up a few minutes later with another napkin asking if I would give it another feel. I, tired of the game already, took it and pulled up fairly hard. Out came her first tooth! Yea!! She is thrilled. Now, we have just 20 more to go. Here is a before and after photo.

This weekend we went to our church's winter festival, Winterfest. We all had a great time. The day consisted of Christmas crafts, bouncing on bounce house obstacle courses, riding ponies and tractor rides, and even seeing a live penguin show. This year's event was so spread out, and we had awesome weather. My mom helped us, which was a huge help.

I love normal life.

Take care,


McCullough Family said...

I am so glad to hear you are feeling good this week! We will be praying for amazing effectivness!

Carrie & Dan

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,
Ahh, Christmas pagents and memories of Mark swaying in sinc to the girl next to him (Amy's daughter), then they both got out of sinc, then the shoving started - to see a pig and a cow go at it, not a good sight. All Amy and I could do is sit there and laugh.

The year before Mark got tired of his cow costume took it off, swung it aound his head, it went flying, and he went running down the aisle.

Ahhh...Christmas pagents.

I am thrilled to hear that you are feeling good. Keep it up kiddo!

All our love,
Janette, Gene, Ryan & Mark

admccomb said...

I'm so glad to hear you're doing well with the new drug. Isn't science awesome!?! The cool thing is that we continue to get better and better. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and hopefully I'll get to see you during christmas!

Anonymous said...

Thank you dear sweet, amazing Jessica for being... YOU!!!



G Pierce said...

So glad you're having some good, normal days. I'm praying for amazing effectiveness also!

Nana K said...

Jess, I'm wishing you and yours a great Christmas this year. Celebrate! If you want to have a good laugh, go to my oldest daughter's blog. You'll see some crazy, funny photos of my daughter Pam and son-in-law Elliott and g-kids. They have a way of contorting themselves on the lap top camera...funny!!!
Sharon Hermens

Anonymous said...

Jess, I forgot to give you the blog address:]...
Sharon Hermens