The radiologist knew what he was talking about when he said I’d bottom out in about 2 weeks. Like a baked potato removed from the microwave and wrapped in foil to finish cooking, I kept feeling worse each day after the radiation was over. The burns on my neck got deeper and hurt worse. My mouth was so sore and my tongue felt raw. I couldn’t stand anything but liquids, and my appetite was nonexistent. For over a week I lived on one bottle of Ensure and part of a protein drink daily. Several times I went to bed thinking I might just die in my sleep, I felt so sick.
Wednesday, July 4, I turned the corner. For the first time I was able to eat some solid food – not a lot of food, mind you, but more than I’d eaten for weeks. For the first time I felt like doing something besides sleeping or just sitting. It feels great to want to eat. I’ll be very glad when I also can taste what I’m eating! The dry mouth is a pain, but I’m getting used to chewing a small bite and then washing it down with a sip of water.
Now, to balance out my last post, I’ll make a list of what I HAVE done.
I’ve ridden a mule down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on Bright Angel Trail, stayed the night at Phantom Ranch by the Colorado River, and ridden back up on the mule the next day on South Kaibab Trail.
I’ve visited the north rim of the Grand Canyon and hiked part of the North Kaibab Trail.
I’ve been to Japan, toured the island of Kyushu, ridden the bullet train, toured Tokyo, and visited the museum at Hiroshima. Ate my first sushi there.
I have swum in both sides of the Pacific Ocean, off California and off Japan.
I dipped my hands in the Atlantic (off Maine), but it was February so that's all.
I’ve been to Mazatlan in Mexico.
I’ve been across the border into Canada, and saw a bald eagle flying there.
I’ve been to Sea World in San Diego, and petted stingrays.
I’ve been to Sea World in San Antonio, and petted dolphins.
I have ridden an elephant.
I rode the train from Albuquerque to Topeka, Kansas, sat in the observation car the entire way, and saw a herd of elk run across the prairie.
So far, I have written 6 readable novels and at least another six that weren’t, two good novellas, 45 decent poems, and a lot of short stories that I threw away because they were awful.
I’m not sure how many items I’ve knitted as I give most away, but the categories include scarves, mittens, hats, socks, sweaters, washcloths, vests, leggings, shawls, afghans, long johns, and stuffed toys. So far.
I have hiked in Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon.
I have been through Carlsbad Caverns several times, as well as lots of caves in Missouri, Arkansas, and South Dakota. Once at Carlsbad I stayed to watch the bats fly out at sundown.
I’ve see Mount Rushmore.
I’ve been through the Coors plant in Golden, Colorado, and the Crayola plant in Kansas.I've been to Silver Dollar City, Knott's Berry Farm, 6 Flags Over Texas. There I rode the roller coaster that loops the loop twice. I rode it 3 times, and kept my eyes open the second 2.
I’ve been up Pike’s Peak several times, by car and by the train.
I’ve been to Disneyland 3 times.
I have lived in 2 haunted houses.
I have lived in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico.
Besides those, I have visited in Nevada, California, Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, Ohio, Maine, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah, Tennessee.
I graduated high school with 2 years on the Dean’s List, earned a Cum Laude BA in English Literature, and a Master’s in Library Science.
For over 20 years in my library career, I helped people improve their lives on a daily basis, and touched many children’s lives through storytimes.
I have shared my life with 2 dogs and 15 cats. So far. I have fostered about a dozen for Cat Rescue.
There is no way to count all the books I’ve read. It’s got to number in the thousands.
I have owned 2 homes, and been cheated out of my equity both times I sold them by unscrupulous real estate agents.
I have been married once.
I am now in the process of surviving cancer.
I may add to this list if I remember more later, but I think that’s most of the high points.