Saturday, August 30, 2014
Although she isn't crazy about Mounds Bars, which you remember have coconut inside,
she eats small amounts to fight the originally coconut-sized tumor in her abdomen. If the tumor, part of her non-Hodgkins lymphoma, was that big, it meant it's been growing for quite some time.
But Kym was heavy, as in overweight, so she couldn't feel it inside. One day she felt a tremendous pain and her dad drove her from her Bensalem apartment to the ER.
She was immediately diagnosed with anemia and a swollen spleen. The spleen is responsible for red blood cells and the immune system.
But that didn't explain her swollen feet. Imaging techniques revealed two types of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The three types are based on the rate of tumor growth: fast, moderate and slow.
She has moderate and slow-growing.The latter can stay with you your whole life but doesn't necessarily kill you.
Her cancer is treatable.
Dyou know what this shark is doing? He's attacking Kym's cancer cells. That's her visualization.
"I'm so blessed," she says.
She'll receive a total of six chemo treatments at Aria Hospital. She's already had two treatments. Each one lasts six hours. They put her to sleep, tho it's not necessary.
It's a wig. The only side effect she has from the chemo is losing her hair. Remarkable! Let's cheer on those sharks!
Her oncologists tell her to drink a gallon of water a day. Other than that, no dietary restrictions.
cinquin for Kym. Contrary to what I wrote in my poem, her name is spelled "Kimberly" on her birth certificate. Kym discovered a celebrity who spelled it with a "Y" and followed suit.
A cinquin is written with the following syllables:
2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2
“Y?” Bathed in light
her mama knew she’d birthed
a blond-haired goddess. Victory
Kym presented "The Gift of Stonehenge" about David who is alone amongst the ruins and makes an amazing discovery while a hawk soars overhead.
We told her to sew up the ending; in other words, tell us what happens, don't leave us in the lurch.
But I don't know what happens, she protested.
Of course not. You've gotta figure it out!
I arrived 20 minutes late b/c I was writing my new piece "Curlicues" and also cooking my lunch of scallops, mushrooms, green scallions sauteed in olive oil and lemon juice. I sprinked it with garden basil.
Amazon.com. Scroll down on link to read the review.
I was in a minor panic this morning cuz I didn't know what to write about. Looking thru my "Idea Notes," I saw a good one. I had just reviewed a book on Amazon, in which the author talking about asphyxiating insects for a bug collection.
Aha! thinks I. I'll write about my experience in 11th grade biology at Shaker Heights High School.
I titled it Curlicues, which look like this
Linda Barrett was the third and last person to present once again "Mother of Society."
Kym said it reminded her of the writings of Philip K Dick. I've heard of Dick but get him confused with the late mystery writer Robert H Parker, who I don't care for.
Philip Dick had strange mental health issues.
Both Linda and Kym had seen a few movies made from Dick's sci-fi works.
Company for dinner. Bought a BBQ rotisserie chicken from The Giant. Oh no! I forgot there's leftovers in the fridge. I could've been noshing on it instead of eating these dry almonds which get stuck in my teeth.
I proudly showed Winnie my beautiful house. She liked my red couches from Gamburg's of Hatboro, which is where Winnie lives in the 8-story Moreland Towers.
Showed her photos of Grace, 4, and Max, 1, and she oohed and aahed. Let me see what they'd doing now. Hold on, I'm gonna visit them invisibly on FB.
They're in Ocean City, NJ. Grace, 4, went on her first ferris wheel ride with Dan.
Here's Nicole who just went 'blond' like Ruthie, with Max, 1.
Winnie and I say goodbye to Scott, who's going to bed. This is the start of his two-week vacation.
Then Win and I head out to my mom's, where we visit on the screened-in back porch with Mom, 92, and Ellen.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Oh, sorry. This is 10 Moreland Street. In Melbourne, Australia. See Archello Architects.
Light outside when I go in to great - Freudian slip - I meant to write "greet" but wrote "great" Allan Heller and a few ladies from our writers' group.
Rocky the talking cat
Rocky the Raccoon
Rocky the lapper of toilet water
Yoo hoo! Carly, where art thou?
Are you hiding under the table?
Carly just wrote this lovely note:
Dear Allan M Heller
You did it again. You made me laugh in the past and again last night. I admire you for your strength and your talent is brilliant and I appreciate your friendship. And you remembered that darn book!Well thank you for thinking of us and inviting us for an evening out with a grand guy. How could we turn away? Of course, we wouldn't! Next time? ? Of course!
hired by Intel.
Everyone brought sweets. A couple of delicious kuchens.
After everyone left, I stayed behind and called my friend Winnie Bannigan who lives in the Towers.
"Cmon over, doll," she said. So I took the elevator to the sixth floor. There are eight floors at the Towers.
People have cute things on their front doors.
Her daughter Dawn babysat Dan and Sarah.
Here's Dawn and son Damian. They're very close.
Dawn and her husband Ed, a disabled truck driver, have fallen on hard times. They live in Virginia, which Winnie says is exquisitely beautiful.
Winnie lived there awhile. She'd been working at the Baker Jewelry factory here but transferred to Virginia.
One of her jobs was melting gold
She earned a lot of money and has a nice pension today.
Winnie's late mother is on the right. Her Aunt Winnie is the other gal.
I told her she must come visit me sometime.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Just took my blood sugar. Whopping! Is getting your toes amputated worth eating an English muffin? Well, at least I didn't get any hash browns.
Diana's Nails is not.
I came in thru the bathroom window, I mean the back door, cuz I'm a back door man AND a back roads man.
Photo is from a historian blogger named David Hanauer. Apparently Briarleaf doesn't have a website.
Whoa! I've now gotten myself down to Doylestown. I'm on my way to Stutz Candy Kitchen to buy Allen and Tatyana some chocolates.
Here's my new Silver Nails, that match my silver car.
Heigh ho! Silver. C'mon boy.