The Secret Life of Bloggers #4 – Where I’ve Been #2

Secret Life of BloggersStill catching up from my time away while having a stem cell transplant.







2014.01.31 mailThis is what I posted on Facebook with this picture: I feel like a spoiled princess today. Cards and gifts in the mail, including photos of my sweet and beautiful great-grandmother. And UPS delivered some things I ordered for myself for hospital time – soft fuzzy slippers and pjs and a bright green cover for my Kindle (because green is the color for lymphoma, but also for rebirth. And Martin came home from the grocery store with Valentine chocolates because I might not feel like eating them on 2/14. And I’m at home and it is a warm and sunny day!




A friend asked me to post pictures on Facebook of all the gifts I received, so they will show up here if I don’t have any other pictures for that day. Here’s my status update to go with it: Day 4 gifts. I wasn’t going to open any today but I couldn’t fit them back in the big box. And I remembered I woke up feeling anxious so there…


Somebody got used to not sleeping in his crate while we were away. 🙁

First time to have a mobile groomer come to the house.



Hospital bed, new fuzzy slippers and pjs, mini Alter of Encouragement… and so it begins

The Secret Life of Bloggers #3 – Where I’ve Been

Secret Life of BloggersI’ve been away. Most of the time I was away I took a picture or two each day. Now that I am back, I’ve been forgetting to take pictures. 🙁

I’ve been away having a stem cell transplant. I had a nasty rare lymphoma that doesn’t like to stay away even after you have had chemo, so a stem cell transplant was the way to increase my chances of long term survival. It wasn’t as harrowing as I anticipated, thank goodness, but it wasn’t a day at the spa either.

Now that I am transplanted and home again, I hope to get my blogging mojo back. I’ll start by catching up with where I’ve been and what I’ve seen the past few weeks. So, as per The Secret Life of Bloggers, here are my daily photos. I was going to do all of them in one post, but I see that I am wearing out, so I’ll catch up one by one, I guess.


2014.01.24 transplant delay

I know it doesn’t look like much if you live where it really snows – but this is sleet and ice – and who can drive on ice, especially if there isn’t much in the way of equipment to handle it? Anyway, it was enough to make the roads very slick and cause lots of accidents and so we couldn’t make it to San Antonio for my pre-transplant appointment on time. Had to delay two days.


2014.01.25 gift box

In my last Secret Life of Bloggers post, this box was still wrapped in a big colorful plastic bag. Gifts from church family and ESL students for every day that I’ll be away/in treatment . I took out a few to take with me to San Antonio for my short stay for stem cell harvesting.



Arriving at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio for first shot.


Hmmm… exotic shoes

And this was posted on my Facebook page by a friend:

I found this prayer and wanted to share…

Let us pray to our Lord:

Lord, look upon Kathy with eyes of mercy,
may Your healing hand rest upon her,
may Your lifegiving powers flow into every cell of her body
and into the depths of her soul,
cleansing, purifying, restoring her
to wholeness and strength for service in Your Kingdom.





2014.01.29 waiting  2014.01.29 gifts


Waiting for Quinn’s Venous Catheter to be put in my neck. Not a fan. Back at the hotel – time for chocolate and opening my first gifts from church family.


2014.01.30 apheresis

Apheresis – otherwise known as harvesting stem cells. I was one of the lucky few who harvest enough cells in only one day. Yay! I am sure it was because of the persistent cheering by my friends and family, “Go stem cells go!”

The Secret Life of Bloggers #2

Secret Life of BloggersI’m back for my second installment. If you are new to The Secret Life of Bloggers, here’s the scoop as described at World Turned Upside Down:

All you have to do is take a photo of something you did or experienced each day of the week and post your photos each Friday. You can include captions about what was happening when the photo was taken or a short statement about your day.

It’s been fun – something to focus on each day. Here’s my week in photographs.

Friday 1-17-2014  

2014.01.17 Tina leaves

Daughter #2 leaves for college out of state. Tears in my eyes.

2014.01.17 gift2014.01.17 Merry brings gifts

Just what the doctor ordered. More tears.

Saturday 1-18-2014


Rusted trees. No, wait…. that’s pollen. Achoo!

Sunday 1-19-2014



Monday 1-20-2014

DSCN3344We will sit and look cute for the picture because you have treats in your hand.

Tuesday 1-21-2014

2014.01.22 cropWatching Gilmore Girls without my girl.

Wednesday 1-22-2014

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In the absence of Daughter #2, Dreamboat and I take in the view from her bed. A comfortable spot for my morning quiet time.

Thursday 1-23-2014

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My friend came over to teach me something simple that I can crochet in the coming days. As we began to work this potholder, I went to a drawer and pulled out one that my grandmother made. I am sure it is the same pattern.