I´m back from the hospital.

@marguicha (91717)
Chile
July 9, 2011 10:31pm CST
Dear friends, Thank you all for your good wishes and prayers. I have been moved beyond words and they did help. The stay at the hospital was not a bad experience at all. I was all the time with a nice lady at a room for 2 people. The government pays for a multiperson room only, but they did not have one at the moment so I got a free upgrade. The worst parts were the bruises to put IVs as it seems my veins are very thin. The catheter will eliminate that problem. I was given 2 different chemo in 2 different days. The first one was before the catheter and was very painful. The second one was nothing in spite of having the surgery just the day before. The nurses, aides and doctors were all very nice and as I was for sometime with no real food, the nutritionist made a treat for me when I could eat. I had calls from friends and my daughters came to see me, once with some of my grandchildren. Now I´m back and my friends have been asking for me and offering help. One of them came over this morning with fresh fish (one of the things I can eat) and avocados. Another came for tea with her husband and we talked and laughed remembering old times. I have not had any big side effects until now and the doctor told me that that was different in each person so maybe it would be allright. The bone marrow biopsy did not hurt at all because when they were turning me over (they got two samples at each hip, it seems) I yelled that my shoulder hurt so the must have put an overdose od anesthesia. I woke up when everything was over. The cathether is hurting, but I think in part is because I should be moving it less than I have done. We will see. I´ll keep you posted on how I´m doing. I am going to give a fight. Hugs for all!
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@rappeter13 (5298)
• Romania
11 Jul 11
Dear marguicha, I am very sorry to hear this things happened to you. I wish you all the best and I hope that things will be fine in your life. Nobody deserves to be in pain and I wish you to enjoy your life with your family members. I was very busy lately, and I had no time to read the new posts here in mylot, so I didn't know that you have problems. Once again, I wish you lots of health and all the blessings.
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@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
12 Jul 11
Thanks freind. I will not give in without giving a big fight. I´m hving the best chemo the world had right now and mu spirit is positive. So I think odds are in my favor.
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• Romania
12 Jul 11
I certainly hope so. The most important thing is that you are a positive person and that will help you a lot.
• United States
10 Jul 11
Hi Marguicha! I swear today, I have been feeling pretty sick all day and while my boyfriend was helping me earlier with some over the counter medicine he bought for me. He said you should stay in bed today and I said wait, I need to check if Marguicha is doing okay and we talked about you here at home. I have prayed and thought about you daily my dear friend, wondering how you were doing with the treatment/biopsy and if you feeling okay. I am glad that it was not as bad as I imagined it would be, and that you have so many wonderful and caring friends there to help you through this. I wish I could reach through the screen here and give you a giant hug and kiss, but do know that I am still praying and that I am very happy to hear that you will be fighting this to no end. Take your time Marguicha and allow all your loving family and friends to continue helping you.
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
10 Jul 11
Thanks, love. The only bawdy thing I´ve done today is that I should have eaten a while ago but I have been at mylot and at the computer. Four days is too much for an addict. So I´m going to eat now and answer the rest of my answers, but I could not do it without responding to your post so full of true friendship.
• India
10 Jul 11
@ hardworkinggurl and marguicha, I never thought that on line friends could ever care for each other.And i am amazed to see that hardworkinggurl was really so much concerned for marguicha .Even in sickness you cared for marguicha.now i understood that there are emotions attached with on line friends too.Well i am coming to know it now because the whole concept of on line friendship is only 6 months old to me.
• United States
10 Jul 11
Hi Humanicon, Oh yes I have several online dear friends. Daily interactions draw us to care for one another. I understand the whole online friending is quite a mystery with so many scammers and frauds today. When I came to myLot I did not know a single person here as I came alone. I never uploaded a picture of me as I wanted everyone to know me and my sincerity through my writing. I have enough people offline who draw to me specifically for what I look like and or what I can do for them. Here with time we get to bond with certain members, to the point that I have spoken to several on the phone and email. Through the writing and continual updates we get to see the sincerity of a member. I love my friend Marguicha as well as several others and can entrust them with my life happenings, please stay around myLot as you too will also develop this type of sincere friendships as well. In fact mariguicha and I interacted for several months and before we were on friend list, during those interactions we were sincere and got a sense about who and how one another is as a person. Marguicha, and a few other members are people whom I share at home. Continually I speak about them with my boyfriend and although he has never looked over my shoulder when I myLot to see any of their pictures and or avatars he can distinguish who each one is simply by what I say to him about them and their user names. She will fight this illness and our plan to travel together someday will come to life. I pray continually and ask for the blessing to be able meet Marguicha, mysdianait and several others someday.
• India
12 Jul 11
Dear Marguicha, I must say that you are a very strong person...!!!! It will be stupid if I say that I know how I feel... But all I want to say is that I want you to be strong.. There is this story in the Bible...!!! A man once asked Christ, in my period of difficulty where were you??? Then Christ took him by his hand and asked him to come with him....They went to a beach. Christ showed the man two sets of foot prints. Christ says to him "Son, do you see these foot prints"? The man replied "yes". He asked Christ "To whom do they belong"? Christ replied. "The foot prints belong to us during your good times"....I was walking with you, by your side....!!!! Then a little later the man noticed just one pair of foot prints...!!! "He asked Christ "when was this?. I only see one pair of foot prints" Christ replied. "Son this was when you were going through a bad phase"..!!! The man asked Christ.."Lord why were you not with me during this bad phase. Why did you not walk with me?" Christ replied. "Son, this foot prints are mine. I was carrying you when you were feeling sad, lonely and tired. I helped you get through your bad phase" All I wanted to say was that this too shall pass. Just keep faith. I do not know if you believe in God. I do. I may not go to church every Sunday. But I believe I do have a strong bond with Christ. If you could give me your real name, I could include it in my prayers Luv and Hugs.... I do not know about you... I could definitely use some...! :) Balu.
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
12 Jul 11
Your story was moving and I had not remembered it for a long time although it has been part of my readings. I´m not a believer in the sense you ask, but I know that Christ was a great Master and I have always been seeking for the trascendental. In spite of what I say, I strongly believe in the power of collective prayers, no matter from what religion, because it is all possitive energy. I´m not a church goes, but when the Pope was shot several decades ago, I went to pray for his health even though I´m not a Catholic. My real name is Margarita and I would thank very much if you prayed for me. Some of my closest friends are doing that and a couple of them have had special prayer groups and include ill people even if they don´t personally know them. I respect and love them more for that. I tell them they are my own guardian angels.
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• India
13 Jul 11
Dear Margarita, I do not have a prayer group and probably will never be part of one. But I do pray and I believe that God does listen to me. I will remember you when I pray...!! :)... And get well soon..!!!! Thank you.... Hugs..!!! :) Balu.
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
13 Jul 11
I´m doing my best. I have to be cheerful, I´m surrounded by caring people. That helps. The chemo is the bst there is available in the world for my type of cancer although I´m aware that medicine is still starting. I am eating what I shouls and cleaning my house from top to bottom as defences go down with chemo. I won´t give up. I still have things to give, I think.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
10 Jul 11
For the most part, they didn't try to put IVs in my veins at all after the put the port in (I guess it has a catheter attached to it. I've also heard it called a portacath). I was at the ER two weeks ago and the nurse refused to use it because she wanted to save it for chemo, but she was actually able to get a vein on the first try even though I jerked my arm when she poked me and I'm surprised she didn't lose it. I was back at the ER today and they did access the port rather than try for an IV. How long did each treatment take? Will you have to go into the hospital each time? I hope that all will go well for you and that you will recover quickly! Have a great weekend!!!
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
11 Jul 11
I hope that the chop part is not too bad for you. It couldn't be any worse than the carbo/taxol combination was for me. Those left me in pain for up to a week after treatments. I take it they give you an antihistamine and some kind of anti-nausea medications as well. They always started me out with those, although they were usually done intravenously this time while they were by pill last time. I hope you don't shrink (unless you need to lose weight of course!). Take care of yourself!!!
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
11 Jul 11
Up tp now, nothing terrible has happened. I have had a rdness in my face that looks as if I had been sunbathing and I´m drinking huge amounts of water as the instructions said. No nausea yet. I´d be happy with 20 pounds less, but only if it meant being healthy. As it is, I once read that a few extra kilos helped us in illness. A big hug!
@buenavida (7962)
• Sweden
11 Jul 11
Dear marguicha, welcome back home.. I hope you will get better and I think you will as you have a lot of people around you and lots of positive energy. I just checked the food supplement company I work with and found it in many places but not South America. So many have taken these food supplements to be able to feel better during the treatments like yours and they also have an antioxidant tablet that is designed to help the body to get rid of the chemo after the treatment is done. This tablet was designed by Arthur Furst, the doctor who invented the chemo therapy. You can check the gnld.com site and see if you can find a country near you where you can get these Betaguard tablets and other products designed by dr Furst and his friends. But you can also concentrate on eating lots of antioxidant rich fruit and vegetables so that your body recovers more easily. Have a great day and get better soon..
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
11 Jul 11
I was given a list of things to eat and others not to eat, I have to dring quantities of liquid as chmo may hurt the kidneys. They also gave me alopurinol for some days also to help. As for food, plenty of no fat protein, pasta, rice, potatoes, boild veggies of all kinds. Nothing fried. THey accepted my homegrown raw veggies providen I did a last washing with cold boiled water. Masks for friends with colds were bought and everyone come to visit with something I might need, I´m pampered beyond words.. I have some boiled prunes cooling and tomorrow I´ll make a pineapple in light syrup (maybe with brown sugar) as dessert.
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@buenavida (7962)
• Sweden
11 Jul 11
Sounds good!! It is great that you can also eat raw veggies, and as they are from your own garden, they must be much better than the ones in the store! You have also wonderful friends! I can hear you are not starving
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
12 Jul 11
Today I ate my first radish. I felt a little bit like a murderer, but after I placed it with other greens, I felt better.
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@rambansal (576)
• India
10 Jul 11
I feel very happy on the good news of your pleasing experiences at the hospital, which is very often a sad experience. You are welcome back with your juicy discussions, as ever.
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
11 Jul 11
Thankd rambansal. I started reading a book called "The chalice and the blade" at the hospital. I think you´d be interested in it. It´s not a fiction book.
• India
11 Jul 11
Is the book available online. What is it about? Because getting every book at every place is impossible.
• India
11 Jul 11
I have just seen a review of the book. The authoress of the book feels that it the man-dominated society that is root of all the problems, instead she recommends a partnership society, which she imagines to be present some time in the past. To me, a partnership society never existed, and patriarchy is not the root of the problem humanity is facing. In countries like India, where women have very little say, they are happier than the liberated women of the west. Just see around and you find almost all women above 40 either divorced or in this process, single mothers, or lonely old bags, as they are called there. Women deserve love and respect for motherhood, which is missing in modern women of the west. Still I am not in support of a patriarchy system, nor I advocate suppression of women. But surely, I am of the opinion that a woman's most respectable place is her home with dutifulness to taking care of the family. This is a huge workload on their shoulders and they must prepare themselves for it if they want love, respect and care by the human society.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
14 Jul 11
Giving a fight is definitely the thing that you have to do. You are right about the bone marrow biopsy because Tom told me that it really hurt. However, he had it done as an outpatient so they didn't give him very much to numb it. And they told him that they couldn't numb the bone. As far as your chemotherapy goes, what is the regimen like? For Tom, he has a treatment every other week and each treatment takes about 4-5 hours. But, then he is done until the next time. We are almost halfway through with his treatment.
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
14 Jul 11
I have to go 2 days in a row, each session about 4 hours. Then I have to take some pills at home. I think the name of the chemo is R-CHOP or something like that. I don´t have it here to tell you exactly. It seems it´s the best for my type of tumor. Chemo is going to be 6 sessions every 3 weeks, with one special checking after the 4th. If all goes well, I could have a follow up of chemo for 2 more years. The doctor told me that the bone marrow biopsy says a lot about what to expect although it does not change the treatment. Let´s keep our fingers crossed. You have been a blessing for me as support goes. Thanks friend!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
14 Jul 11
Okay, I've heard of that one, but I didn't know how the schedule for it goes. As far as being a blessing as far as support goes, ask me anything that you would like and I will try to answer to the best of my ability. I've become an expert in a very short period of time, and what I don't know, I like to learn.
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
15 Jul 11
I know what you mean about becoming an expert. I became one when my hubby was ill for years. I think that he lived so long because we both fought hard. A big and we´ll be in touch.
@alottodo (3061)
• Australia
10 Jul 11
I Am glad you are back home and not feeling so bad good on you! big hug and keep positive all my love...take care.
@alottodo (3061)
• Australia
11 Jul 11
Good enjoy it!
@shengcruz (221)
• Philippines
16 Jul 11
Glad to hear from you again, Marguicha... You need to be back because you have 101 reasons to get back here. lol I think you have all the support from your government and you have all the love in the world, from your immediate family and relatives down to your extended family here in mylot. Fast recovery, sound mind and high spirit are my wishes for you. Only the brave warriors are the real winners and the real winners are those who never give up.
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
17 Jul 11
Thank you, friend. I don´t feel as I´m ill. My tummy bothers a bit (in the place where there´s an obvious lymphoma. It doesn´t hurt. The catheter hurts a bit, but I hope it will pass. Tomorrow, a nurse friend is coming to check my bruises as the Hospital didn´t seem to care for them. Thre´s no reason at all to give up. Life is beautiful.
• Philippines
18 Jul 11
Indeed! Life is just as beautiful and wonderful as we are. hehehe
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
12 Jul 11
Happy to see you are back active in here again. Hope you are able to overcome your physical pain without much problem. It is good to hear that you have got many helping hands to helps you out during this moment of pain. Even good to see you are surrounded with lots of caring family members and even friends, which makes your life wonderful although you are in pain. Hope to hear more from you, Marguicha. Take your time to respond to all of us in Mylot here.
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
12 Jul 11
I am not in pain in this minute, mybf, I was very sore last weekend, but in a great part because I wasn´t very bright. Instead of waiting 2 days so that a lady who is coming to help me hung the wet clothes, I did all the washing by myself. You see, I´m acostumed to be alone and do all my things. I will have to learn to share the heavy work. I was told not no mess up with the arm that had the catheter. As for a good state of mind, I couldn´t be down with all the nice people I have around. I hope this keeps up. This I my part in healing. The rest is not up to me.
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@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
21 Jul 11
Good to hear you are slowly doing fine. But, better take good care and always take a rest. Better to avoid doing heavy jobs temporary. Hope to see you continue visiting Mylot like usual.
@yugasini (12816)
• Anantapur, India
10 Jul 11
hi Marguicha, thank god you are back from the hospital, i am not aware of this because since one week i am not in my place, i have been to Bangalore,there the time is only to check my important mails ,so i could not visit mylot,today when i have seen your discussion,so i wish to greet you on your early recovery from the illness,have a nice day
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
10 Jul 11
This is just a start, my friend. I have a lymphoma and need several sessions of chemotheraphy and hope for the best. But I will not give up.
@yugasini (12816)
• Anantapur, India
10 Jul 11
hi marguicha, thanks for the response,nothing to worry about your health,what is written in our fate that only will happen,nothing will be happen, i never care for health, since 3 years i have not visited the doctor,but continuing medicines,after my first sons marriage i will stop that medicines also and i am leaving everything to the fate,that is my policy,have a nice day
@Shellyann36 (9181)
• United States
13 Jul 11
I am so glad to hear that things are going better for you. I know it feels good to have family and friends around when you have to face something such as you have. Thank goodness you are surrounded by kind people and that you are facing such a scary thing bravely. God Bless you & yours!
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
15 Jul 11
Thank you, Shellyann. Up to now, I don´t have pain: just tolerable discomfort. I´m living each day without thinking much of the future, but having as much fun as I can. I´m not sure I´m brave. I haven´t been tried in this. I have been there at other times, But this is different. We´ll see how I behave.
• United States
11 Jul 11
I'm glad you are back from the hospital. Hope everything continues to go well for you. Just stay positive and keep your head up waiting for the end of your treatments. It always goes better when you have a positive attitude. I know I am very far away from where you are but I would be glad to help you if I was close by. Keep us updated!!
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
12 Jul 11
Thanks for your god wishes. I am taking care of myself and the help from my friends from mylot has been beyond my wildest hopes. I´m feeling fine up to now and I´m using that energy to reorganise my house so it´s sanitized and the food is what I have to eat. That takess a lot of thinking and imagination. No more fancy marinades for me for a while.I had just bought some caribbean spices when I went to Aruba: they will have to wait. Your answer was a great help.
@Sreekala (22720)
• India
11 Jul 11
Hi marguicha, I am glad to hear the good news from you. Thanks for updating with us. You started the fight already and I am sure you will be the winner. Have healthy food and enjoy reading of your favourite books. I am pleased to know that you have so many great people around you for supporting and helping. Get well soon dear.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
10 Jul 11
Bless you Marguicha! I will continue to pray for your success and speedy recovery! Love ya!
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
11 Jul 11
It will take a while, but I´m not going to give up. Don´t you worry, friend.
@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Jul 11
hi marquicha missed you.I am glad to see you are b ack and hope now everything is going well and sooner or later you will be all healed and cancer free again. I think each person is different regarding side effects so maybe yours will be milder. I am sending more prayers for a great healing time withe less and less pain and eventually you will be pronounced cured. God Bless from hatley.
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
11 Jul 11
It is difficult to use the word "cured" with cancer. But we can hope the process is long and it stops groowing with the treatment. I have checked and I´m receiving the top chemo there is for my type of cancer in the world. And I´ll be able to pay for it because the government pays for most of it. If I did not have any means, it would pay for it all.
@louievill (18336)
• Philippines
10 Jul 11
I told your story to my family and some of my friends, a story about my friend online, and asked them to pray since " prayer knows no boundaries ", you may even not know the person you are praying for but God is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent or god is always present, all knowing and all powerful., God bless you friend
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
11 Jul 11
Thank you for your prayers. I believe in the power of collective prayer, no matter what faith. Itñs a stiritual force that overcomes boundaries.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
10 Jul 11
I am glad to hear that everything went smoothly. It is different for different people and hopefully you will continue not to have any side effects. As far as the catheter..it is probably going to be sore for a little bit but I have heard that they really help a ton when it comes to preventing being stuck over and over. Great to see you back on!
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
11 Jul 11
For me it´s esenxial as my veins are too thin. Before they installed the catheter, they left me with bruises all over. I would not say My arms and hands are at its best now. All that will not happen with the catherer which was placed under my skin and will not show much after a while. Soreness is in aprt because I forget I should not use that arm much.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
10 Jul 11
For me thanks to Jehovah God that he cure you it is good to have good health be watch your food to take now because it is good to said health is wealth.
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
11 Jul 11
I´m following doctors orders about food and water. I will have to learn to cook better without so many nice ingredients I used to put in my dishes. It will be a challenge.
@sanjay91422 (2728)
• India
10 Jul 11
Hi, I use my left hand for many jobs like scratching my back, holding the coffee cup etc. I know there are so many other job, but I can also manage when it is necessary. I know it feels good when a lot of people come to visit you. You are cared by others and that is great. Doctors say that half of the pain of a patient is psychological and it can be cured if the person forget about it.
@marguicha (91717)
• Chile
11 Jul 11
Iñm not in pain now, except for the place where the catheter was installed. And that´s not so awfull. I do have to remember to learn to use that arm carefully.