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taken 8/4/07

Courtney and her kids

Courtney and her kids
taken 8/4/07

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Day+65 - Thursday’s Clinic Visit

Best clinic visit! Great news! Yea ME! CBC results all normal, metabolic panels all normal, blood pressure is finally in normal range (first time in almost a month), weight maintaining and gaining.

No new prescriptions! Predisone reduced from 20mg/day to 10 mg/day. Next week, it should reduce to 5mg/day or every other. And when Dr.V. has me completely off, she will monitor my progress for about a week or so. If I continue doing well she will arrange to have my Neostar removed. Yea! Other good news - she stopped the mycamine (anti-fungal I.V. infussion) today! This is the first time since Consolidation (Oct. 29th) that I am not taking mycamine! She did increase the Diflucan (Fluconazole-oral anti-fungal) from 100mg/day to 200mg/day. So, no worries. All my bases are covered with oral anti-biotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal medications. So, I'll be going to clinic every other week after I am off the steroid and won’t have the Neostar anymore! I can handle a blood draw the old fashion way. Definitely! No mycamine, no steriods and no Neostar! Isn't that wonderful!

Better sleep will come soon as my steroid dose is lowered. My hair is growing back! Every day’s a good a hair day when it’s growing back. Especially when it’s still too short to be messy. ; )

Funniest item I had at the hospital during the stem cell transplant: a hair dryer! I know you’re thinking “why would she need a hair dryer? She doesn’t have hair.” But having a hair dryer to warm up my caps and scarves was especially nice plus some nights I would have the worst “night sweats” and wake shivering with a wet night cap. The hair dryer came in handy. Thanks, Dad.

Nice surprise this week: Christi Taylor, a girl from our Church stopped by to visit. I hadn’t officially met her yet because I was diagnosed around the time she and her family moved into the area. But she was such a sweetheart and sent me an e-mail early on during treatment. I e-mailed back and told her that I would look forward to meeting her in 2008-cancer free! So she gave me call and asked if she could come by for a short visit. I really enjoyed our visit. So, to all you girls out there who aren’t sure about coming by to visit just need to give me a call!

Here’s a slideshow “The story of my hair…”


Marla said...

That is awesome news Courtney! I LOVE the slideshow, you are such a beautiful person, inside and out, with and without hair. :)

Take care and have a great week!

Amy said...

Yay for new hair growth. Loved the sweet slideshow. You look absolutely beautiful!

Kristy said...

Hooray for the wonderful news! I totally loved the slideshow. You look amazing, girl!

Nicole George said...

Courtney - It is so great to see you posting your own blog. Prayer is incredible! I hope you and the family take advantage of the photo shoot with Ann Beck - she is phenomenal!

Meredith said...

You are beautiful Courtney! :) Hooray for new hair, that's so exciting!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome pictures you look Fabulous Mrs. Flynn :)

Rhonda, WI

Texas Mommy said...

That is awesome that you are growing new hair! You are beautiful and an inspiration to all of us! I am so glad that you are doing so well!
-Kiera Mathis

Amber said...

Hey girl! So glad to hear the good news about your blood counts. I can relate to the joy of having your hair grow back. You'll never cuss your hair again! Love your guts!

Crysta said...

Courtney, I loved seeing the are so beautiful. What a journey. Great to hear about the good clinic visit. I am sure you are ready to be off all those drugs.

Marlane said...

Courtney, I love reading updates from you. I love that you are getting more sleep, more energy, and even more hair! I just love that you are feeling better. Love you, Marlane (Russ would make the weekly Taco Cabana trips with you if he could!)

The Ingleby's said...

Flynn Family, You don't know me or my family. I have been a long friend of Valerie Nankervis since Jr. High school and the she moved to Texas, I have been following your story from the beginning and you have a very beautiful family and I am SO glad that you are doing well and have fought this battle. May God Bless you. You and you family will continue to stay in our prayers.
Andrea Ingleby

robinandamelia said...

You look beautiful. Glad you are feeling well and things are going great. All the best.

Anonymous said...

Hey Courtney -

Thanks for sharing the pictures!
It is great to see the fresh new stubble. It looks so soft! I can't wait to see how it will look in a few months. Glad to hear that you are weaning off some of the meds.

Anonymous said...

Since everyone else told you how beautiful you were, I'll say how beautiful the family is - gorgeous family!!!


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