We seemed to have a day in day out routine of going back and forth from old house to new house. On Monday, we met Ray and Jo at old house as they were buying/picking up furniture. Then they came out to the new house and brought some stuff out for us and also got a chance to see the new place.
The next few days were really rough for me….. I had a lot of nauseau so was absolutely useless at all… I wasn’t able to help with any moving… I did go back and forth with Tiffany and Luca to the old house but I just sat with Luca while Tiffany organized more things to move. At this point we just had little things to move, but we wanted to purge and not just move things…
I also want to acknowledge my cousin Conner Macdonald, who is just 15 years old and created this for me……Such a talented young man… here is his accomplishment:
(Written by Conner Macdonald):
” We all know cancer sucks, some people have different ways of dealing with it. In Maureen Brady’s case she doesn’t let it take over and let it change her, it takes a strong woman to fight the battle she’s fighting with a smile on her face. Cheers to many more years of laughter. She’s her own superhero. I love you.”
Thankyou Conner – I love you too 😍
Next up on things to do: Organized cleaners to clean old house on Monday, March 27th. That went fairly well, just a couple of bumps in the road… why not, nothing should go smoothly at this point 😀. I let cleaners in and then left so they could do the work. While there, the owners showed up at house to do some work, ended up hiring cleaners husband who is a handyman… when I returned to the house several hours later they were just finishing up. I needed to get home to rest do left them there to finish up.
In the meantime there were a couple of items at the house that we still needed to pick up….but, the owners had the handyman taking some stuff to the dump. Our items were included…. someone should have asked us about this but neglected to which was frustrating as we had sold these items to people. Long story short we managed to get one of the items back but the second item went to dump. None of this stuff helps when you are feeling like crap/shit…
March 29th, 2017: my grandson Luca turned 9 months old today so here are a couple of pictures to brighten the day:
Thursday, March 30th, 2017: met at old house….. Met with Danny, property manager, to do final inspection and hand over the keys…. YaY, we can just be in one home now… good feeling! Maybe now we might just get a chance to unpack the sea of boxes that we are living in. It is very difficult as day to day life happens.. Jake goes to work Monday to Friday; Tiffany and Luca have daily routines; and I’m, well, im just tired and unwell most of the time. We manage to do a bit each day but when you have at least 50 – 70 boxes to open it becomes overwhelming. Someday soon hopefully……. 😀😀🏡🏡.
During this time I have continued to receive gifts and cards, notes, hearts with lovely messages, and of course the continued outpouring of donations on the GoFundMe page. I am daily reminded what wonderful people I have surrounding me in my life – what a blessing 😘.
Here is one pic with one of the hats on… not a great picture as I wasn’t feeling very good. More pics to follow another day…. I received the wonderful selection from my good friend Lorrie… thank you Lorrie for your thoughtfulness and kindness… 😍😘
Friday, March 31st, 2017: Appointment at Richmond General Hospital with Dr. Ho to do check in from previous Chemotherapy treatment. After the appointment I had another appointment with Shannon, one of the nurses at the cancer care clinic. She put in a “picc” line. A picc line is a catheter that is inserted into a vein. The tip of the catheter is positioned in a large vein that carries blood into the heart. This will be the source of where the Chemotherapy drugs will be given every 3 weeks. This catheter will remain this way up to the end of Chemotherapy treatment. In other words, my new friend will be a part of my arm until around end of June. Here is a picture of what it looks like
The dressing will need to be changed weekly so I made arrangements with Fraser Health to have a nurse come out to the house weekly to do this. The first appointment we went into the office to change the dressing and go over other things that they can assist with. This was on Saturday, April 1st.
Sunday, April 2nd: Off to Richmond Hospital labratory to get standard blood work that needs to be done prior to Chemotherapy day.
Monday, April 3rd: Chemotherapy today. Tiffany dropped me off at 9am…. pretty routine, and with having the picc line in it is much quicker to start the IV for the drugs. No muss, no fuss. I just relaxed the majority of the time, even got a sleep in…. it was very busy with patients but I just closed my eyes and rested. Tiffany and Luca picked me up around 1:30 pm and home we went. I spent the rest of the day and most of Tuesday in bed and slept for most of it. Well, they say rest as much as I can, and this is the first time I can say I felt like I actually did rest. It is still very hard for me to realize I need to rest, especially when our house still needs some organizing. Definitely struggling with it, wanting to help Tiffany but I don’t think I’m of much help….
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017: Appointment at VGH, Hematology Centre, Thrombosis Program. This was follow up from when I was in the hospital in February. Saw Dr. Ambler to review current situation etc. Everything ok at this point and recommendation is to continue with blood thinner injections at least for 4 more months. Will do another follow up at the end of July 2017.
After this appointment off we went to see my regular GP, Dr. Wang. There were some forms that needed completed regarding palliative care. The Fraser Health Nurse sent these to my doctor to have her sign off and have me sign as well.
Still dealing with Fair Pharmacare and just don’t know when it will be settled… I will call again in the next couple of days and check the status of my request to review 2017 Income. If this isn’t settled real soon I’ll need to see who can possibly expedite this as I have paid a fair amount of money and I’m almost positive I’ve possibly reached my deductible but need Fair Pharmacare to confirm amount. I was reassured it would be backdated to January of this year. And if I do pay over my deductible I will get the money back…. oh but here’s the catch: I will get the funds back but not until next year!!! Really, I don’t get that but… no control = no choice but to wait….
Ok…. enough of that.
I Just would like to acknowledge the wonderful staff at CLBC. As you know I have been receiving in the mail some hearts with lovely, encouraging messages from people. CLBC was doing a fundraiser along with these hearts and so the other day I received a large money order as a result of collecting donations through the “big heart” fundraiser…. Needless to say I was absolutely overwhelmed… YES, I cried like a baby… I cannot thank you enough for what everyone has and is doing for me. This just removes some burdens from me and makes me feel warm and fuzzy and I have each and everyone of you to thank for that.
I appreciate all the encouragement, Love, support, prayers, good vibes, positive thoughts… you are all truly wonderful people…. until next time 😍😘😘😘😘❤️❤️❤️❤️😍😍😍LOVE to all