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Posted 2019-07-10T19:13:00Z

July Update

Hi all

Well, had a bit of a set-back -- on Saturday, June 22, 2019, we went to the International Norton Rally at the Juniper campground which is right by the Michigan International Speedway. A couple of photos are included with this post. On Monday morning we went to U of M for scheduled blood work. Later that day I heard from Dr. Gadgeel that I was dehydrated, and he wanted me to go in for fluids the next day, which I did.  We had to drive all the way to 14 Mile Road and Northwestern, one of the Beaumont oncology offices.  On Wednesday, June 25 I woke up with a very bad headache.  Dr. Gadgeel called me, just to check up on me and requested I go to Royal Oak Beaumont emergency immediately. We did.  I was given fluids and was released because no fever and blood work looked good.  They also did a CT scan of the brain because of the headache which also came back normal. 

We ended up staying home on Wednesday night – I was still not feeling well and now getting sick -- with the trailer and three motorcycles still sitting at the campground. On Thursday, Bob had to go back to the campground to pack up the trailer but I was still getting sick.  I called Jayne, a longtime friend to stay with me.  Thursday I also had a bad headache again and went back to emergency – after getting sick there – the headache went away.  I decided to leave emergency without being seen – all my vitals were normal upon check-in.  That day I spent the night at Jayne’s and she took very very good care of me.  I woke up Friday feeling much better – was able to eat and go home – I really believe I had the flu, don’t know where I would have gotten it – but don’t want it again. 

Bob got home Friday afternoon with the trailer and motorcycles.

Following that, I had stopped the chemo pill for 2 days.  On Tuesday, July 2 I started back on one pill.  Friday, July 5 I started on two pills again – blood work was good.  The doctor is concerned with the kidney and liver levels which is why he is monitoring my blood work so close as he doesn’t want me to have another episode as I did in April. 

I spoke to Dr. Gadgeel on Tuesday, July 9 to review blood work again – some levels went up but all in all it was good.  We reduced the Prednisone to 10 mg daily along with still taking the chemo pills and antibiotics.  I am happy to be reducing some of the medication. 

I have been feeling very good – although my energy level is a little low but if that is all I have to deal with – no problem! 

I appreciate all the prayers and support – that is what keeps me going along with all the family and friends! 

Thank you everyone for your love and prayers!

Love & prayers – love & hugs!


To make you laugh…I’m hoping there is something here for everyone…this endearingly comes from the editor (Karen's twin ...  wink, wink) of Karen’s site…so don’t blame her for this foolishness. I just believe that laughter is the very BEST medicine. And, please don’t mind the vulgarity…I CAN actually hear myself saying that (see the quote below).


When someone says “Expect the Unexpected”

Slap them and say

“You didn’t expect that, did you?”



“When women wears makeup, they’re basically lying to us.”

I don’t see why I’m being blamed for a man stupid enough to think I have GOLD EYELIDS.



It’s not cellulite, it’s my body’s way of saying

“I’m sexy” … in braille.




“When you really, really want to slap someone, do it.

Just make sure to say “mosquito” when you do.”



When people tell me “You’re gonna regret that in the morning” I sleep in until noon because I’m a problem solver.



Things I’ll Say While I’m Driving

Me: What the fuck are you doing. What. The fuck. Are you doing.


Me: Why the FUCK are we not even going the speed limit. Why.


Me: Shit is that a cop? No.

Me: Shit THAT is a cop.



There should be one line at every store for people who have their shit together.



If a woman is upset, hold her and tell her how beautiful she is.

If she starts to growl, retreat to a safe distance and throw chocolate at her.



Be the person your dog thinks you are.



I just did a week’s worth of cardio after walking into a spider’s web.




Kids have so much energy because they siphon it out of their parents like midget gasoline thieves.


And, finally, on a bit more serious note…


”Any day spent with you is my favorite day.” 

~Winnie the Pooh

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Comments (2)

  • Michelle J Bauer
    Michelle J Bauer

    Karen, keep staying strong. You are an incredible amazing woman. I loved your post at the end... the car quotes are definitely YOU!!! I love you and are praying for you all the time. Big hugs.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Renee Hof-Lacey
    Renee Hof-Lacey

    Sending love and prayers ❤️

    one year ago · Reply