Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hello Out There!!

It's Kristin here coming to you from Tower 6 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Yes, I'm doing soooo much better, so please don't worry. After 2 big days in my sterile little white room of constant IV antibiotic infusions and reality TV marathons, I'm feeling like a new person. Nick relayed in the last post our harrowing adventure of how and why I got here, so I won't dwell on that. Looks like I'll be here until Thursday doing the same thing which is frustrating, but necessary. Today we got the good news that my white blood cell counts are going up. Everyone who enters my room still wears masks, which is freaky, but hospitals are dirty places and I know it's for my own protection. I'm learning what's not too gross on the hospital menu and how to take a shot in the stomach like a pro (thin needles, not too bad).

Nick's on triple duty among attending to me here, working and caring for the kiddos. Diane is doing the same. Nanny Judy's got the kids covered during the day and Fisher even started swim lessons today. I miss my family terribly. I've never been away from home this long. I understand chemo and the body's reactions rarely follow the set path, but this was a surprise to all of us. Thank goodness i've got an amazing husband, a strong support system, kids who are too little to really know what's going on and a tv with cable.

I'm still scheduled for chemo this coming Monday, believe it or not. Knock me down, pick me up, knock me down, pick me up. It's the chemo tango. Only six more to go and only two are the super harsh ones. Thank you to everyone for their prayers and love and support. We are getting through this, bumps in the road and all.

I'm going to try to get some sleep tonight so I can be fresh for my new reality tv friends tomorrow!


  1. Just learning about this and am mad as he** that another young momma is fighting this horrible disease! I have vivid memories of you working your bootie off in my backyard, making me laugh and tirelessly helping get ready for the melanoma walk...you are a fighter and we will be pulling for you and are here to help in any way. So happy you are doing better today and think you are AMAZING that you have me laughing and smiling while I am reading some entries in your blog about what is not a laughing or smiling matter:) You are so funny and beautiful and I hope that you continue to feel the love...please know we are sending it your way and thinking about you.
    Jen and Steve Sayre

  2. Hi Nick and Kristin,
    Wow, what an ordeal you have been through over the past couple days! I'm so happy you are feeling better Kristin. Just know that we love you and you are in our thoughts all the time! Love Jeannie

  3. virginia (Nick's Mom)June 2, 2010 at 5:28 AM

    Can you hear a collective sigh of relief from across the country?! It's times like this that I am truly grateful for the miracles of modern medicine. Once when I asked my Mom (Nick's grandma), then aged around 94, what she thought the greatest invention of her lifetime was (expecting her to say the airplane or the tv or landing on the moon), she immediately said "antibiotics!" But, we all know that it's not medicine alone that is making you better -- I'm so grateful for your spirit, Kristin, and for Nick and Diane's constant and loving support, and for all the love that is being sent your way from an ever-growing circle of family and friends. I'm sending mine every moment!

  4. oh kiki, what a week!! So glad that the counts are going up and you are getting your reality tv fill. we are all praying for you and thinking about you all the time. Ashley

  5. Hi,
    You don't know me but my sister and brother in law clean your pool. I have been following your story from the beginning and keep you in my prayers constantly. You are a true survivor in every sense of the word. You are a special child of God and I know you will "survive". God is good. I am so thankful that I have been able to read your diary (if you will). This is, I am sure, a help for you to get through your days and nights. You have touched many lives through your words. I am just one of "many" that have been touched. Not even meeting you, I feel I know you and feel a closeness. I will continue to pray for you. I am sure you question what God has said, "I will never give you more than you can handle." Well apparently He feels you can handle a lot. I admire your strength and courage and "smile". Even when you are down and hurting and in pain, I can read your smile. Gods blessing to you and your family. Thank you for be a blessing to "many" peoples lives.


  6. Hello doll!

    You are one tough broad K! So proud of your strength and spirit! I am so sorry to learn about your fall/fainting but I am relieved your super dogs were there to save the day to call attention to you! So rest and think of the hospital stay as a spa visit of sorts :) Let them take care of you. Rest. Nurture yourself so you are strong for chemo. Sending you warm hugs & lots of love!

  7. hi sweet lady....my goodness...i think i can arrange c&w line dance routine to that chemo tango. you are incredible - in ever sense of the word. to truly have such appreciation for life, family and love ones in such a delicate state. we love you so.....

  8. Oh, Kristin, what a relief to hear your calming voice from the hospital room -- you're such a trooper! And, as always, with optimism and humor in response to the hand you've been dealt -- and you've been dealt a whopper. We're so relieved you're feeling better... I think there was a collective holding of breath across America yesterday. Much love, Aunt Chris

  9. Kristin and Nick,

    Glad that you are getting back to fighting strength. You guys are in our thoughts every moment of the day and hopefully I can see you all soon. I am so fortunate to have such a great big sis and big bro.

    Big Pete, Little Mellissa and even littler august

  10. Hello lovely lady.

    Been thinking about you lots and I am quite addicted to your blog. I continue to be amazed at your strength and humor through this challenging time. Glad to hear your counts are rising and sending you and your entire fam continuous good thoughts and prayers.

    Stephanie Handley

  11. Hang in there, Kristin! So glad to hear your white blood cell count is going up. Your attitude is amazing, as is your support group! Gotta love reality tv!! Sending much love, thoughts and prayers from So Cal.
    xoxo - Sally, Mark & kiddos

  12. Hi Kristin,
    Just want you to know I'm in your corner and praying for you everyday.
    Mary Rhees

  13. So glad things are looking up! Do you think this is Shiloh's fault? Missing you and hoping to see you soon.
    Love - jeannine

  14. So very happy to hear you are doing better, so sorry that you have to hang out in the hospital. That just stinks. A few years from now this all will seem like a distant annoyance. Hang in there. Time only moves slowly when you want it to speed it up.
    Love from Massachusetts, Jessica, Derrick and the boys.

  15. Hi Kristin, Praise God for modern med's and the ability you have to keep fighting this "little more than a bump in the road" with such gutsy vigor! That pink book will be a "best seller"!!! How wonderful that you are feeling better and can be back on your "pink blog" keep us all posted on your progress, we are all praying big prayers here in the Poconos and as one of your friends said, a big sigh of relief that you are safe and working your way back for more chemo:) how crazy is that? Sleep well tonight and saying prayers for getting back your your family, God Bless, Deborah McLean

  16. Hi Kristin, it's Keli and the rest of the Openshaws in Flagstaff. I've been reading your blog every day, in fact I check it before I even get out of bed in the morning. Our thoughts and love are with you! We are praying for you tons. Thanks for being a source of inspiration for Christie in Tucson! All our best. Hang tough!

  17. Hi Kristin,
    Blanchardo here...very glad to hear your recent troubles are improving significantly. Mary and I brought over a deep dish to Nick on Tuesday but because you were not there we decided to hold off on the top notch Lou's Chicago Style and we went with a lame alternative. Don't tell Nick. We are looking forward to delivering the real deal when you get back. Positive vibes and crossed fingers over here!