Saturday, April 21, 2007

More Slumber

It turns out that my need for zzzz's is a combination of the Atavan and a simple cold. I developed a cough on Monday, before checking in, and was sniffly and sneezy on Wednesday, but still thought nothing of it until my fever spiked to 101 today. Just to be on the safe side, Dr. Snyder (the weekend doctor) sent me down for a chest x-ray. These strong doses of chemo have compromised my immune system, so a "simple cold" can easily turn to pneumonia if we're not careful.

I hope this doesn't delay my homecoming tomorrow.

It's back to dreamland for me now.


Paula Johnson said...

A cold? What crummy luck.

Do they have chicken soup on the menu?

Carolyn H. said...

Sorry to hear the common cold has to ride on the coattails of the exotic lymphoma! We send you our best and admire your spirit. Your brother is onto something with pimping out your pole partner! There is a librarian contest to pimp bookcarts. One rule is that they must still be totally functional. You could strive for the same objective while indulging your humorous side. I think hospital staff love to have tales to tell when they get off work.

Our hearts are much lighter tonight now that we know our daughter is safe (relatively) and we hope your heart will be lightened tomorrow by being discharged from CoH. I hope you can hear us when all of us in your fan club tell you how beautiful and inspiring you are.

Keep on dancing!
Carolyn and Bruce

Susan Carrier said...

"Pimp My Pole"

What a great idea. Will give me something to look forward to during my next visit.

Ooh! And I think I've found a willing conga line partner!

Piper Robert said...

Pimp My Pole........awesome. If I send you a bright red ostrich feather boa, will you use it?

Mary said...
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Susan Carrier said...

Do they sell red feather boas in West Virginia??

Andrew said...

Dear Susan,

Hope you and COH get to say
goodbye soon. Just catching up
on your pole-dance partner. Doesn't he need a name? "Barber
Pole" sounds a little stiff, but
"North" might work.

Much Love,

Deborah & Andy Ellis

Karen said...

Perhaps it could be like a totem pole -- with totems for all of the different parts of you! A Mardi-Gras type mask and feather boa for the wild side (I'll send you a mask -- I have a great one), a garland of flowers for the gardener in you, I'm not quite sure what for the writer, but definitely a large, shiny medal for your extraordinarily courageous side!!

Mrs. Duck

suzy keleher said...

feel better soon...i am still trying to visualize this pole love, Suze

Susan Carrier said...

YES! A totem pole is perfect, both colorful and symbolic.


Piper Robert said...

Do you remember when we were little kids, we always looked forward to watching the 'Wizard of Oz'? Here's one of my favorite know the melody.

Ha, ha, ha
Ho, ho, ho
And a couple of tra - la - las
That's how we laugh the day away
In the Merry Old Land of Oz

Bzz, bzz, bzz
Chirp, chirp, chirp
And a couple of la - di - das
That's how the crickets crick all day
In the Merry Old Land of Oz

We get up at twelve
And start to work at one
Take an hour for lunch
And then at two we're done
Jolly good fun!

Ha, ha, ha
Ho, ho, ho
And a couple of tra - la - las
That's how we laugh the day away
In the merry old land of Oz

Ha, ha, ha
Ho, ho, ho
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
That's how we laugh the day away
In the merry old land of Oz

If you don't have a smile on your face, check your pulse. Sing it out loud with George and Cindy. I can picture you skipping down the halls of CoH, pulling your 'pole' and singing with the nurses and munchkins. Should I send you ruby slippers with the boa? Mardi Gras, Wizard of OZ.......sheesh, what's next?

Susan Carrier said...

Today's feature in the LA Times Health section is about how singing can boost the immune system, so the "Ho, ho, ho, ha, ha, ha" is not a bad idea.

I wonder how far I can go before they move me from the hematology ward to the psych. ward?

Piper Robert said...

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.

Singing can boost the immune system? Hmmm, we agree. Love ya.

Troy said...

Hi Susan. Hi hope you have dreamed of sugar plums and have awakened from your slumber to a sweet new day!

I second the opinion on singing. My little secret: when I'm stressed I sing "Oh Canada" Really works the lungs. The kids always knew when I was a little stressed when I broke out into song while driving!

Take care sweet Susan!