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Posted 2019-10-26T22:34:54Z

Ibrance Cycle 3 -- My New Normal

The oncology visit on Tuesday, October 22nd, went well – labs, office visit with Nidia, Xgeva shot and port flush.  The schedule now will be monthly visits (a new welcome normal) to handle everything, which reduces our trips to El Paso.  My labs still show a white blood count below normal, although the count did raise a few tenths of a point during last week when I had no Ibrance on days 22 -28.  I guess “below normal” is going to now be the new normal on that score, too.  As of today, I am on day six of Ibrance cycle 3 and truly do feel good.  Now that it is cold and flu season, I will need to be continually cautious of people around me, especially since it is recommended that I not get the flu shot because of my low WBC count.

Following Tuesday’s oncology appointment, I met with Dr. Raul Lopez, MD,my pain management doctor (recommended by Nidia and also in El Paso), and now have an appointment on Tuesday, November 5, for a level-one steroid shot in my left hip, which should help alleviate pain caused by the cancer in the bone there.  Fingers crossed.

PT has gone well since September, and I will conclude with two more sessions this coming week.  Balance issues have been addressed and improvement shown.  I will need to be cognizant of lessons learned and continue to do the home exercises.  My records will remain open should I choose to return to the center later.  Jim is a very observant coach at home.

Jim and friends say they see improvement in the Bell’s Palsy.  Wow!  It is a long slow process.  The most annoying factor is still the tearing of the right eye, so I do keep it taped shut most of the afternoon until bedtime.  Talk about another new normal for a while!

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Comments (22)

  • Donna Bernsen
    Donna Bernsen

    God bless you Marianne. You are such an inspiration for all of us.

    8 months ago · Reply
    • Marianne Foreman
      Marianne Foreman

      😍

      8 months ago · Reply
  • Carol Jones
    Carol Jones

    Continuing to hold you in prayer. Marianne. Not easy, your new normals, and so glad progress is being made.

    8 months ago · Reply
    • Marianne Foreman
      Marianne Foreman

      💕

      8 months ago · Reply
  • Darlene Hazeltine Burns
    Darlene Hazeltine Burns

    You are still tucked on my altar, my friend. Prayers for continued good reports and for pain release. I think of you often.

    8 months ago · Reply
    • Marianne Foreman
      Marianne Foreman

      How so, so kind of you to value our friendship in such a way. I hope your new hip is really giving you a new lease on life, My Friend.

      8 months ago · Reply
  • Phyllis Feil
    Phyllis Feil

    Bless your heart! We’re continuing to lift you up in prayer that God will continue to strengthen you in body and spirit. 💖

    8 months ago · Reply
    • Marianne Foreman
      Marianne Foreman

      Thank you. Jim and I are hoping to spend Christmas in Mena this year. Judi is willing to rent us your former home. I hope you and Carl are doing well and enjoying the fall weather. Are you still traveling in your RV?

      8 months ago · Reply
  • Carter Freeman
    Carter Freeman

    Thanks for keeping us updated Marianne! You are an inspiration and seeing your success working with the situation. Can’t wait to see you! We’ll be home around or just after Christmas. Can’t wait to see you. I see a domino game on the horizon! Love you, Carter

    8 months ago · Reply
    • Marianne Foreman
      Marianne Foreman

      Where will you be for Christmas? Thank you for your prayers!

      8 months ago · Reply
  • Fran Thompson
    Fran Thompson

    Thanks for the update. I am glad you are seeing some good progress and PT has helped.

    8 months ago · Reply
    • Marianne Foreman
      Marianne Foreman

      It was a good call on the part of my family doctor especially in light of the Bell's Palsy and fall in August. I really do feel stronger. Thank you for your encouragement.

      8 months ago · Reply
  • George Ann Wilson
    George Ann Wilson

    Sounds good, Glad that you are actually feeling well. So happy for you both, although the gas stations from Las Cruces to El Paso are quite pissed.

    8 months ago · Reply
    • Marianne Foreman
      Marianne Foreman

      You are a stitch!! Your humor like Jim's makes me laugh.

      8 months ago · Reply
  • Donna Perkins
    Donna Perkins

    Love you, Marianne, good work. Keep it up. 💁🏼‍♀️❤️💐

    8 months ago · Reply
    • Marianne Foreman
      Marianne Foreman

      Thank you always! Today November 1, the news says your area had quite a bit of snow for Halloween and a low of 8 degrees. Brrr! Stay warm.

      8 months ago · Reply
  • Heinz Schröcker
    Heinz Schröcker

    Viel Glück Marianne, Wir halten fest die Daumen dass es weiter aufwärts geht. Danke Jim, dass du Marianne immer so fürsorglich betreust und begleitest.

    8 months ago · Reply
    • Marianne Foreman
      Marianne Foreman

      Herzlichen Dank. Es geht uns beiden jeden Tag beßer und danken euch immer für eure Freundschaft.

      8 months ago · Reply
  • Carter Freeman
    Carter Freeman

    I’m so glad things are going well Marianne! Love you, Carter

    8 months ago · Reply
    • Marianne Foreman
      Marianne Foreman

      8 months ago · Reply
  • Ann Sullivan
    Ann Sullivan

    Any good news such as the items you mentioned in your last message are worth celebrating! Ah, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. A good reminder to be thankful for all of your good news. Hugs, Ann Sullivan

    7 months ago · Reply
    • Marianne Foreman
      Marianne Foreman

      Every morning we look at our mountain view and think, "rejoice in the day which the Lord has made."

      7 months ago · Reply