Friday, March 30, 2007

On the way up .....

Sorry about the delay. The treatment has been put off till next week due to low WBC, RBC and platelets. I did get booster shots for two of the three and one more today (Friday).
Something funny happened on the way to the Dr. Remember my last post? If you have no read it, read it and come back – the part about patience.

On the way to the Dr., (I left a little early) – the road crews were out in force repairing Sullivan Rd. which blocked access to Greenwellsprings Rd. So, everyone coming from the North on Sullivan Rd. and those who live on Lovett Rd. going East to Sullivan Rd. all had to turn onto Lovett and go back East to Joor. Now, if you do not know the roads out here, the gist of it is that we have a mile long traffic jam on Lovett Rd. – a two lane road - going East with a traffic light at Joor which lets about 10 cars go at a time. Boy, did I get to exercise my “fruits of the Spirit” that morning. Isn’t that funny how that works? Within 24 hours my comments on the post were tried. I recognized what was going on, calmed down and started celebrating right there in my car.

The garden is slowly but surely coming along. I have all of my ‘maters, peppers (red, orange and yellow - no green this year), eggplants, and half of my corn in the ground. I planted my 500 lbs. and 150 lbs. pumpkin seeds in 4 inch peat pots - which allows you to see which seed will 'come up' the best before you commit garden space to it. You only get a dozen or less seeds per pack with these large type pumpkins. I also planted my cantaloupes (two varieties) and Crimson Sweet Watermelon (yes!). I have never grown the above mentioned melons, so I do not know what to expect. If any of you have any suggestions to increase my success rates, feel free to e-mail or leave a comment. I hope to get my okra and some more corn planted today along with more seeds planted in the peat pots. I can do the peat pot plantings in the house. These should have been already planted, sprouted and in the ground, but I was kind of 'on my back' when this should have been going on.

Foggy this
morning. The weather is getting warmer and the mo’skeeters are beginning to bite. They don’t usually like me I have noticed, but they love my wife's side of the family and my kids. I heard a report a while back about how some people have a naturally occurring chemical in their bodies which do not attract mosquitoes where as others do attract them. The scientists were trying to figure out how to use that as a natural and safe repellant. I cannot stand spraying repellants – your skin is your largest organ and ‘dowsing’ it full of chemicals kind of concerns me.
The L S U Ladies Basketball team is winning so far. Go Lady Tigers ! ! !

The past two days have been a little on the slow for me. The shots mess up my stomach and make my appetite wane. My energy level is significantly lower than the previous few weeks. I requested copies of the last four blood work results and noticed my numbers have been low since the last treatment, so I am going to ask my Dr. why did we wait until just before the second treatment to address the issue. Was this an oversite or were you thinking it was going to return to normal on it's own. I have said it before and I'll say it again - you are your own best advocate. Check your own bloodwork and scan results, or at least press your doctor every time you see him/her for the results. I should have known better, but since I felt okay following the treatment until a few days ago, it did not occur to me to ask about blood counts. Back when I was on the weekly chemo, it was a habit of mine to ask. Word to the wise. . .

Psalm 1:1-6
1 Blessed is the man/woman who does not walk
in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way
of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf
does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
4 Not so the wicked! They are like
chaff that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

Have a great Friday and a great weekend. God be with you.


Tonja said...

I thought it was your blood type that attracted mosquitos...whatever it is, I got it and so do my girls.
my Dad always told me it was b/c I was so sweet...I think he was planting those good seeds in me, you know speaking those things as if they were :)

if you hear of a natural repellent, please let me know :)

have a great weekend!

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Will said...

I don't know much about growing things; however, I had a roommate who grew up growing watermelons every summer. He had told me that putting chicken manure with the seeds when you plant them makes a good and sweet melon.