Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

I mentioned in previous posts.. I am re-reading these with you and it I am reading them like they happened to someone else. The emotion that is stirred is quite powerful and it is remarkable to see where we have come and how strong Shannon is. She has been through alot and this post really highlights it.

 

Journal entry by Kevin Beasley

It is 10:45 am on Wednesday. Shannon is having her Chemo Treatment this morning and at 4:30 she will have her first radiation treatment near our home at Memorial Regional Hospital – 5 minutes from our house. Right now she is getting her 1 liter of Saline.

 In my last post I caught everyone up through Friday.  The weekend was good. We feel the Saline she received on Friday helped to boost her for the weekend.  My parents have provided many gifts during this treatment.. A big one is having the house cleaned weekly by a recommendation of our friend Jill Orrock. She has a friend, Sharon that cleans homes on the side. It has been a blessing to come home on Friday’s to a clean house. Starting this this week she will come every other week while Shannon continues treatment and recovers.
 
Saturday she was up and about with energy putting close away and feeling really good. We went out to dinner with Johnathan and Jill Orrock on Saturday night.. Mexican.. Shannon’s choice.. It had been rainy earlier in the day but cleared up and was very pleasant. We sat outside on the patio and had a wonderful dinner. Shannon even felt up to trying a movie. Shannon really wanted to see Now you see me.  It was 7:20 and the movie started at 7:30.. We were 10 minutes away from the theater.. we figured with 15 minutes of previews before the movie we would make it in plenty of time.. and since the movie had been out a couple weeks should not have a problem getting a seat.. we were wrong. We got tickets and went into the theater. The only seats were in the front row.  After looking for any 2 sets of 2 seats together.. finding none.. we returned our tickets and vowed to try again with a little more planning. We ended up coming back to our house and rented Identity Thief on Amazon.  Our evening ended around 10:30… Shannon felt “normal” for at least a few hours.
 
Sunday Shannon started having Diarrhea, which I will refer to as D so I don’t have to type it.. it is a hard word to spell. She has had bouts of D off and on during the week. I have painted a somewhat rosey picture of her treatment so far. Shannon asked that I let everyone know it has not been as easy as I have been reporting. Nausea has been present.. but we figured this out by taking all of her Nausea meds before bed. Her script for Zophram stated take 3 pills a day. We both assumed.. take a pill in the morning, a pill at lunch, and a pill at dinner.  Shannon was waking with nausea many mornings. During her chemo treatment last week the nurse asked if she was taking them ALL at the same time.. Nope.. so we changed that and she has had no nausea.  D is another thing all together. They told us the radiation would cause it.. makes sense.. the chemo and radiation are focused in her bowels. Immodium over the counter was the recommendation.. It worked earlier in the week but caused bloating and gas and blocked her up.. which is what it is supposed to do. She had Diarrhea on Sunday but was able to get it under control. She felt so good in fact she wanted to go to Maymont Park with me and the kids. We ate lunch at home and packed a cooler of water and headed out to Maymont Park in Richmond.  It was a wonderful day. We walked to the Japanese Garden and the Italian Gardens.. we all got a snow cone.. it was a good day.  We weathered the storm so to speak.. little did we know more was to come.
 
Sunday for dinner I made a dish that I have wanted to make for a long time. Grilled Tuscan Chicken under a brick. Shannon loves grilled chicken and I was hopeful it would be a hit.
 
I butterflied the chicken by removing the backbone so it would lay flat for grilling. We have a very nice container herb garden on the deck with Thyme, Lavender, Sage, Rosemary, and Oregano. I marinated the chicken all day using olive oil and herbs with 5 cloves of garlic.  I pulled 2 bricks from the yard, washed them off, and wrapped them in foil, placed the chicken on the grill and the 2 bricks on top.. it was looking like rain so I put up a deck umbrella we have over the grill.  I was able to get the chicken cooked as it started to rain. We had Shannons parents over with my mom as well as Jack, Sydney and Shannon. We all ate together.. the chicken was a hit, Shannon said it was the best she had ever had.. shes good at feeding my ego ; )  As we ate we watched the rain, turn to wind, with hail starting. In less than 15 minutes it looked like a hurricane and set upon us.  We finished eating and decided it best to move away from the window.. as the umbrella I was using for cover while cooking was lifted up and thrown into the driveway taking the section of deck it was attached to along with it.  In another 15-20 minutes the storm had left and we assessed the damage.. other than the umbrella we had mulch that was washed out of beds and leaves down in the yard.. Other neighbors up the street were not so lucky as I later saw when driving out of the neighborhood they had 2 very large trees fall.  It turned out there were funnel clouds spotted less than a mile from our neighborhood. the funnels did not touch the ground which saved alot of damage.. but there was damage to many homes in the area.  That evening Shannon had severe D and was in need of hydration on Monday. Needless to we weathered quite the storms this past week.
 
Prayers for this week would be that the medicine they have prescribed to help Shannon deal with the D will provide her comfort and the bloating etc.. to subside.  We found out today her hemoglobin is low and they have recommended her to have a liter of blood.. They like to see hemoglobin at 10+ and hers today was 9.1. We have scheduled the blood infusion for Friday. I will check back in to let everyone know how the next couple days go.
 
Love, Kevin