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Hey there … it's me Kathy: Living with cancer


I had a not too bad week this week. How about you?

 I didn't find out the results of the heart scan I had done last week. It's still pumping – not great but it is – so that's a good sign.

I went to Truro this week to do a talk to breast cancer survivors. It went great – they were all very nice. Janet came with me too, and she gave out handouts and helped people put on ribbons. It was nice to meet everyone. Woo hoo

Elmo has to wear his coat out now, and he's so cold he goes out the door and right back in. He hates being cold. When he gets in his bed he even puts a blanket over his toy and himself – ha – it’s cute.

I did the flea market, and Carol helped me this week even in there it was chilly. The market wasn't too bad. I would like to do a few craft shows this year and I would like to do one in Amherst and Sydney so I can get to meet more of my readers. Let me know if you need a speaker – just call the paper.

Vicky and I are going to the library in New Glasgow tonight they are having a speaker giving a talk on bad dogs and that's exactly what I have. When any one comes to visit he is starting to think they are supper – maybe even the main course. He has been to obedience classes, and although he was great on the lead, he gets nervous over everything, so I maybe able to pick up tips.

I was going to go for a walk with a lady that works the crossing sign. Could you call me back? I lost your number. Thanks.

If you didn't get your flu shot yet, make sure you get it soon. At least by getting the shot you have chance of fighting it off easier.

It’s that time of year where half the population end up with sinus troubles. If I didn't use my neti pot every day, I would be going around with a runny nose all day. For some reason it doesn't run at night. I guess it’s because I'm lying down.

The neti pot looks just like a small teapot. You heat up some bottled water in the microwave (in a glass or cup) or on the stove in a teapot, then pour it in the neti pot, but don't make it too warm. In the neti pot box there are salt packets, spill one of those in the water in the neti pot, put the lid on and shake it and let it sit for a minute or so. Then pour some on your wrist (just like checking a baby's bottle to make sure it’s not too hot). Tilt your head over the sink and put the spout of the neti pot in your nose and let the water flow in one nostril and out the other. A lot of people are scared to try it because they think they will choke, but while I'm doing mine I can still talk. It doesn't go anywhere near your throat. I have been using mine for years. You only ever use one pot. Do not use it without salt – it stings – and don't use home salt. The packets are measured to what you need. It’s also normal that when you put your head down some water drips out – that’s nothing to worry about, it’s only water that was sitting in one of the sinus cavities.

I'm still using my senna leaf tea. Thank you Sharon White for telling me about this – it has made my life so much more comfortable. From me and everyone else using this – thank you Sharon.

Weight wise… 155. I’m still trying to get rid of the steroid weight.

Tip of the week… Now that it’s getting darker out earlier, be extra careful to watch for children who are out playing and also watch out for the deer. I saw two white deer last week – very pretty. Too bad they couldn't be caught and brought to the wild life park, then they would be safe. Hunters would want them as trophy prizes

Have a good week folks… life is as good as you want to make it, so make it fun.

Kathy Golemiec is undergoing cancer treatments and writes about her experiences each week.

 

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