Thank You Pulmonary Associates of Richmond (PAR)!

Everything was great.  This was my second attempt at a sleep study.  I was treated so badly at my last one in San Antonio I spent an hour on the phone with my husband before I finally ripped off the sensors and left.
Needless to say I was very anxious when I arrived last night.
Wade & Karen were great.  They instantly put me at ease and were exceptionally nice.  I checked in at 8:30 and by 9:30 I was snuggled under the covers.
My room from the entry door

The room was very nice, spotless and included an oscillating fan which is wonderful for me because I sleep with one every night.  If you prefer they have a very large, super comfy recliner you can sleep in if that would be more comfortable than the bed. 
Huge comfy recliner with massage
If you have episodes of Apnea during the night, they wake you and hook you up to a CPAP machine then let you go back to sleep.  During the consultation appointment they have you try a couple of different masks to find out which you prefer so if you need one during the study, they have it all ready for you.  Luckily I didn’t so I got to sleep through the night undisturbed.
My room from the bathroom
They encouraged me to just do whatever I normally would do and go to sleep when I was tired.  They provided DISH Network Satellite (no timer on the TV though, which struck me as odd) and free WiFi.  I plugged my headphones into my iPad, played Law & Order on Netflix and I was out before the episode was over.
Hand held, nickle plated pulsating shower head
DISH Network
Lastly, Jerry sent me this picture of my boys watching the front door waiting for me to come home.

They knew it was dark and if daddy was home, mommy should be here too!

Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary…


8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 PM – Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 PM – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 PM – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 PM – Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 PM – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 PM – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 PM – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Only the 3rd and June just keeps throwing the punches…

Went to the Doctor this morning because I was interested in the NovaSure procedure and upon completion of an ultrasound, he found 2 tumors on my uterus. 

So now I have to have a hysterectomy in the next few weeks.  The hardest part is waiting for the biopsy after the hysterectomy to see if I have cancer again or if the tumors are benign.  Fun!  At least I know what the pressure I’ve been feeling finally is.  When my uterus swells the tumor is putting pressure on my bladder causing the uncomfortable, pressure, bloaty feeling.

An intersting discovery during the ultrasound, chemo drastically shrank my left ovary and it just about killed my right ovary to the point the doctor could barely find it, so menopause is probably not far away, though it’s hard to know exactly how long. 
I am not looking forward to menopause again!  The nightsweats were terrible and it’s not fair that cancer patients have to go through it twice!  Haven’t we been through enough?

At the same time, Flapjacks bloodwork came back pretty good and the only abnormality in his Xrays was his enlarged heart.  So his lymph node biopsy will be a week from Monday so we’ll find out if he has cancer in about 2 weeks.

It’s non-stop party at our house!
On the brighter side, I now have readers in 15 countries!  I can’t believe there are people out there with as much time on their hands as I have!

Bumpy start for June

59 days and counting until moving day. 

Flapjack, Summer 2002
Stress is increasing, but we had a big stumble yesterday.  Over the weekend I noticed a red spot with an irregular shape and bumpy texture on Flapjack’s tummy.  Yesterday I took him to see the vet and it turns out he has a Stage 4 heart murmur and his lymph nodes are all swollen from his neck to his tail.  Sounds so familiar.  It was only 7 years ago all of my Lymph Nodes were swollen.



Flapjack 2011



We started him on an ACE inhibitor called, Enalapril.  Hopefully that will help the heart murmur enough that he can be given anesthesia to biopsy the lymph nodes. 
Fortunately he’s not in pain or anything.  The only outward signs that anything may be wrong is that he gets tired when he’s outside faster than he used to, but we just attributed that to his age.  We rescued him in March 2002 from the Animal Defense League of San Antonio, which is a no-kill facility.  The day we adopted him he was originally scheduled for termination until the ADL rescued him from the humane society the night before.  At that time he was estimated to be around 4, so he’s around 13 now.  If we lose Flapjack it is going to be a lot to take on.  When Merlin passed away after 10 years, I lost it alot more than Jerry, but if we lose “Daddy’s Boy” Flapjack, it’s going to be hard on both of us.

FJ’s Orthopedic Heat & Massage Bed

Right now we are waiting for the bloodwork and urinalysis to come back tomorrow or the next day before we know anything else.  His X-rays don’t seem to have any obvious masses, but I’m not a vet.