Monday, December 28, 2009

Day 7 Post Chemo Treatment No 4

Our Christmas was put on hold this year. The new chemo treatment they are now giving Mom is kicking her butt. Mom has no energy and she has been in bed for the past week. I fell so bad for her because she feels so bad right now. We are hoping that she will be feeling better in a few days.

This chemo treatment has a list of side effects that makes you sick just read. Where do we start? Nausa or vomiting, Fatigue, Low blood count, Mouth Sores, Hair Loss, Eye watering, Darkening nail beds and possible nail loss. That is just the common the side effects.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

New Blogspot Title

We recently discovered that someone is using the moondrifter title so we had to change ours. Our new blog is D-runaways. We thought it was a good name.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Day 3 Post Chemo Treatment No 4

I talked with Mom this morning. She told me she had the shakes so bad that she had spilled her coffee all over her colthes and had to change. We have decided the shakes are caused by the steriods she had been taking the last three days and her body must be having withdraws. She said she was starting to feel tired and was going to try to get as much done today as she possibly could.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Chemo Treatment No. 4

Today is Mom's fourth chemo treatment. This means we only have two more to go.
This morning when I arrived to pick her up she was dressed in her Christmas attire. She was wearing jeans, red blouse and  a really cute denim christmas jacket. To top off her outfit she wore a red cap that she had embellished with a santa. She was dressed for the holidays. She said she had a good week this past week and had some energy. She took full advantage of it too. She did the laundry, did some house cleaning and still had energy to do some baking. She had baked a chocolate cake for the girls in the chemo center and pecan pies for Dr. Taylor and his staff.

Today she was given a different chemo, She is now on Taxotere. She must take steriods the day before and the day after this treatment.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

RV Living, What?

We have been telling our friends and family for the past several years that we are planning to lease our house and live full time in the fifth wheel while we roamed the United States. We have gotten all kinds of responses. My Mother doesn't really want us to go but she is looking forward to being able to occasionally join us on the road! My sister thinks we are crazy, but she already thought we both had a loose screw! There are the friends that say we won't make it six months. There have been those who told us it is way too dangerous for two women to be out on the road. We have been asked why on earth we would want to live in a fifth wheel when we have a perfectly good house. We've had people tell us we could see all we need to see and a couple of months. People have questioned how we will be able to live in such close quarters. There have been a few that have even laughed in our faces.

These responses don't surprise me at all. I have come to realize some people can't think outside the box. They can’t see outside the walls they live in long enough to see there is more to explore outside of the fifty mile radius they live in.

We know people that are home bodies and can't imagine traveling for more than a week at a time and when they do travel it is well organized actives with little or no leisure time. We know people who can’t live without being surrounded by all of their possessions, many years of accumulated stuff that seems to have some sort of weird hold on them. Then there are those that are tied to a job they have worked at for twenty years and wouldn’t know what to do if they didn’t have to punch a clock every day. Sadly, there are those who have put in their twenty plus years to retire their butts to an already worn recliner for the duration.

Regardless of the responses, we still have a dream of living full time in the fifth wheel and seeing this wonderful country we live in. We plan on seeing the east and west coasts from south to north, the Rocky Mountains and the southern plains. Our plan is to follow this dream as long as we want and as long as our health holds out. We are still young and in good health, "knock on wood".

We have talked about and researched this idea for several years and it is time to get started. We are both very excited about this new chapter in our lives.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


We did catering for a few years. Dawn loves to cook. I am so grateful she loves to cook because I love to eat! We closed our catering business on September 1st this year. Catering request has been far and few and we decided it must be due to the poor economy.

We packed up and sold most of our catering supplies at the last garage sales. We had so much stuff we could have opened our own catering supply store. It didn't take long to sale most of it. We did hang on to a few chafing dishes and some of our serving trays. We kept a few items because they were expensive and or hard to find. I am telling you all this because we catered a party for a friend this weekend. This was our first catering job in months. It was a Christmas party for about seventy people. We had enough chafing dishes and trays to pull it off.

We only agreed to cater this party because it was for very good friends. Did I mention Dawn loves to cook?

The party was very nice and we received many compliments on the food. We also received a couple of request for catering. Dawn has a problem with saying "NO" when it comes to catering jobs. Looks like we have a few more to do this month!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Hope Tote

 I found this web site that provides tote to woman currently undergoing any kind of cancer treatment anywhere in the world.

They say each tote is unique and constructed by dedicated volunteers. The tote will include a card with your name as the requestor and will be shipped the next business day.

Tucked inside each handmade bag is an inspirational journal, lotion, and other supportive items. In the front pocket is a card indicating the name of the volunteer seamstress as well as a prayer request card.

My Mom recieved a beautiful handmade tote that had HOPE stitched on it in the mail.

It is a very pretty bag and my mom was thrilled when she recieved it in the mail. Click on the following to request a free tote for a cancer patient that could use a special gift and a special prayer.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Day 3 Post Chemo Treatment No. 3

Mom is moving slow but she is up moving around. She laid in the recliner yesterday afternoon and took a nap. She said she going to try to stay as active as she can so it doesn't kick her butt. She had a headache yesterday morning and was pretty queasy but it past by noon. She is still loosing some of her hair, what is left of it