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Kathy Golemiec
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Hey there its me Kathy by Kathy Golemiec

Woo, what a week. How was your week? I was to the hospital four days in a row. The VON came to the house and took my blood pressure.

A perfect blood pressure is 120/80; mine was 66/44. That was not good at all and she wanted me to go to the hospital. I didnt want to go to the hospital so I started drinking water and finally got it to start going up. The nurse called the drug store to check the drugs Im on and then she called the doctor on call and he said to stop two of the pills for now.

I had to go to my doctor and she put me back on one of the pills. The heart pills I take are not for high blood pressure. They are a precaution for my heart on this chemo – it can cause a heart attack or stroke and I like to be on the prevention side.

I went to another doctor to get my other toenail off and she decided not to. Well you know me, there is no such word as cant so I went home and did it myself. It hurt more being there than it did taking it out. They said I could go to the foot clinic when it hurts.

I got my chemo and it was the first time I ever really fell into a deep sleep outside of home. So sure enough I started snoring – it was worse than the time I was talking in my sleep and pointing to things and telling Mary about the rainbow, and there was no rainbow.

My youngest daughter went to the clinic in B.C. thinking she had a urinary tract infection. Thats not what it was, she had kidney stones. She passed one and said it was easier and less pain to have a baby than a stone. She has one more to pass. I feel so sorry for her. We are so far away and there is no way I can help her.

The way you know you have a urinary tract infection is it comes on gradually. You have to keep going to the bathroom too, and only a few drops come. And the pain takes quite a while to get worse. With kidney stones the pain is instant. Also, your pee should be almost clear – if it is dark there is a problem. Start by drinking lots of water and also pure cranberry juice – if it doesnt say pure its not. A kidney stone is like a jagged stone and it cuts coming out. Its from too much calcium.

Wandas birthday was this week. She likes hugs, so give her a bear hug. She lives with my brother Kevin in Amherst, the pretty new girl in town.

I am having a lot of headaches lately, like my head is going to explode, and Im starting to stay up later and sleeping in later. Im starting to get the floaters again in my other eye now, making me worry I have a tumour on the other side.

My pain level is 4 out of 10 (not counting headaches) which is not too bad.

Everyone is talking about apple cider vinegar, all the good things it does. It helps the body clean out the bad.

My oldest daughter Mandy is trying to get me to drink green tea. Yuk, she said to start with a little honey to make it taste good then build yourself up to a whole cup.

Janet and Dad were up on the weekend. My head was so bad, to go the flea market, I just could not get off the sofa – when they got there they had to help.

The woman who brought in the yarn and the other stuff: I want to thank you very much. When I saw the yarn I said woohoo. And the dresses are beautiful, they are my granddaughters size. Right on. They are going to be sent to her in B.C. Thank you.

Have a good week folks and, yes, its time to get the long johns out to keep all the lumberjacks warm… and the snowsuits for the children.


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

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