Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Not The Ducks Ass

Metastatic. Colon. Cancer.

3 little words.

So. Much. Weight.

Aside from dealing with the grief that comes from losing ones parent to such an aggressive and horrible disease one has to deal with the possibility that the disease swims in their gene pool. After my father died I talked to my family doctor about my own health and how his battle might impact my life in a physical sense...we all know how that played out in the emotional sense. She told me it would be in my best interest to start regular CT scans of the colon. 
Yay me.

The worst part is the prep work for such a scan. Ugh. The oh-so frequent potty trips were actually not quite as horrible as the medicines one needs to ingest to make those potty trips possible.
Oh. My. Dog.

(Can you hear me in my best 1980 something Valley Girl voice: "Like, gag me with a spoon, ya know?")

Some of the liquids stayed down, some didn't. Double Ugh. Have I ever told you how much of a gag reflex I have? Or how much I HATE throwing up?

To take my mind off the whole process and to help pass the day I set myself up at the dining room table (same level and closer proximity to the bathroom) with my wee Kenmore, some sewing tools, a box of Popsicles, my favourite Johnny Cash playlist and The Lunenburg Makery's Row By Row kit...a paper pieced pattern packet full of happy-making Maritime scenery.

I sliced and diced my way thru all the bits & pieces...and ended up with a lovely patchwork row, a giant mess to sweep up and a squeaky clean colon.

Anybody wanna sing Ring of Fire with me?


  1. I was just thinking about you the other day, wondering how things were going. You must have been sending vibes across the border! Lol. My husband has had to do a couple of the squeaky clean colon tests and it seems awful. I'm glad you were able to make the best of it with some sewing! Your row is lovely, its such a cute pattern. I hope your scan went well, hugs from everybody in the LBC crew! :)

  2. Good luck with your procedure...what a great way to take your mind off it. Your row quilt is adorable!

  3. Totally understand the greater proximity and same level comment -- my mom had colon cancer so I am on a 5 year schedule (DH is on the standard 10 year plan). Gentle baby bottom wipes ease the clean up and Gatorade works best for me on the "clear liquids" days. DO NOT use lemon jello (my brother in law didn't listen to me and he was SO sorry). Hope the test results were good ...

  4. I'll be singing "the ring" very soon my dear. We should have planned a prep-in. Love that row. Wish I had have gotten one.

  5. I'll be singing "the ring" very soon my dear. We should have planned a prep-in. Love that row. Wish I had have gotten one.

  6. Hope the test results are good. Love your mini. I haven't made any of my Row by Row patterns yet. Where does the time go????

  7. I well remember that particular test, but prevention is so important, and it is all behind you (no pun intended). Thanks to friends across the country I have about 45 row by row patterns from most of the provinces. Hoping for an October start on them.