I am happy to report that I have survived the latest CT scan, colonoscopy and chemo treatment relatively intact. The CT scan indicated that everything is stable and there is no evidence of new disease, so that’s good. The colonoscopy prep was worse this time than the one two years ago, but thank goodness I was put under for the actual procedure which shows that I now have radiation colitis, so that probably accounts for some of the bleeding, as well as the scar tissue and scabs that have been sloughing off. I haven’t seen any of the written pathology reports yet, but will probably know something in a week or so. I had another chemo treatment this week and am almost recovered, but still feeling a little fatigued. I think perhaps it was not such a good idea to schedule a scan, colonoscopy and chemo treatment within the same eight day period. The oncologist and surgeon are supposed to get together to discuss treatment options after they get the written report from the gastro doctor, whether to continue as we have been with the chemo or if now is the time to go ahead with surgery, etc. I’ll hopefully know more at my next doctor visit next month.
The garden is looking pretty sad and neglected. Weeds are growing with wild abandon, plants are getting long-legged and spindly and even the bright zinnias are beginning to look a bit bedraggled. We have had a lot of heat and a lot of rain, which has resulted in sauna like conditions outside. In the few early morning and evening hours when the heat is not quite so oppressive, the gnats and mosquitoes and most active. Those nasty gnats form clouds and hover in the air, just waiting for you to pass through. Then they get in your eyes, ears, up your nose, even in your mouth if you happen to open it for a second.
Needless to say, I haven’t been working outside much lately. And it shows. I have rooted and potted up some cuttings and repotted a few herbs, and weeded one of my little square foot gardening sections, but there’s much more that needs to be done. We don’t have much rain in the forecast for the next week or so, and there are several partly cloudy days with temps in the 80s predicted, so maybe I’ll get out and get some work done this coming week.
If it’s too muggy to work outside, there’s plenty that need to be done inside- we need to paint walls in several rooms. It’s been years since they had a fresh coat of paint and dingy walls can be depressing. At any rate, there’s plenty of work to be done, so there’s not much chance of complaining that there’s nothing to do. But right now I’m going to make another rustic peach and raspberry tart. I made one the other day with some peaches Mr. G had bought at the farmer’s market. Although it was a little more “rustic” than I’d hoped it was delicious and calls for an encore.