Friday, March 27, 2009

ANN MILLER! You have won A NEW CAR!!!!!

Looks good parked in the driveway.


GPS/4 disc changer/AM/FM/Satellite

Big tires.....sweet!

This sez it all.....

The front view
I rode in the back seat I always do when I go to chemo with
Sandy and Jean. Very comfy and I like the new climate control in the back!
Love this car. I have to get mudflaps though, to protect my baby from
bad road stuff!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Dr. Sardonicus!

I mean Dr. Lachance!
I think he LOVES me!

Doing the lung check...make sure I still have them!

Looking very serious...he's SCARING me!

Demonstrating that he knows NOTHING about how to use a stethoscope!

TOMORROW....picture of the NEW CAR!!! It's sitting in my garage folks and it's BEAUTIFUL!
We'll be driving in style to Providence tomorrow for my last big style.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The latest

Everyone is so antsy to find out about the car! All right, all right already!

Went to the eye doctor vision has "significantly deteriorated" since my last visit. No duh! I will try the progressive lenses and the eye drops he gave me...which he hopes will take care of the "blurry spots" he found.

Lynne took me to the appointments yesterday. After the eye doctor, it was off to Providence to see Dr. Lachance. She took pictures of him and me and some of him, being professional....NOT! I will post them here tomorrow.

My CA125 level dropped again--now it's FOUR! How low can you go? I dunno.....some poetry for you.

I'm planning on the last "big chemo" session for this Friday. After that it will be once every three weeks, to get one drug. I won't get all the premedications stuff, so my "in and out" time should be about an hour! Big change from what it is now. I won't miss the benadryl and the cortisone---one makes me woozy and the other has me flying at a 1,000 mph! What a juxtaposition!

I brought my baby--the Camry--up to the dealership today and they told me that they'd give me $750 for it as a trade-in. Sharon had written me and offered to buy it and I was going to sell it to her---but then I would feel bad if something happened and it broke down or something--Sandy reminded me that it is still leaking oil. So I will say no to Sharon and let Toyota try to sell it to some sucker. I don't think the car is that bad...I've been driving it like this since at least last summer! I love that car.

I did sit in the car I want to get. It's very nice....and comfy. The leather seats are a darker color than I thought they were...I thought they were "bisque" and they are "ash" instead. Small detail.... The trunk is very small due to the battery being back there--Tom Sullivan warned me about that.

Sandy will call the salesman tomorrow and try to get figures on tax and registration costs and then do the final figuring and haggling. She's trying to get it to the monthly payment I want---and she's $9 a month off...I told her that was acceptable to me...but she wants to try to get him to knock a few hundred more off. I'll leave her to her fun.

I figure I will have my ass in the driver's seat of that car sometime next week...probably just as I hit the 7-10 days out from chemo mark--when I have to hibernate! That would figure, wouldn't it? Oh thing I've learned from being sick---patience....well...I'm a LITTLE more patient than I used to be.

Oh....when I'm going for just the one drug chemo sessions, I won't have to do the weekly blood work-just once every six weeks. I'll miss the wonderful people at the lab...sniff...sniff. They are so friendly there......ha ha.

I also won't be seeing Dr. Lachance as frequently...sob...sob...and this time I'm not being facetious. I will see him every six weeks.

I have to go for another damned CT scan next time...and then every three months thereafter. Oh how I hate the CT scan regime....I don't mind the "machine time"'s that lovely cocktail you have to drink.....UGH!

So, now you are up to date---except how we went to the casino tonight with Frank...ate at the buffet and then lost our money in the machines---"making reparations" as Jane Pentheny says....I love that line. We had a good time roaming around, looking in different shops (Frank even went into Chico's with us...we only stayed a few minutes); playing the slots; going to check out the Casino of the Wind and eating Ben and Jerry's ice cream while watching folks go by.

Tomorrow I go for the bloodwork and rest up for Friday. Lynne has the feeling that I will be "good to go" on Friday---bloodwork will be fine. I will take her word for it...she was the one who knew that I wouldn't be "good to go" the last time---she was right! She is amazing.

Nighty night.

I will post the pics of Dear Dr. Lachance tomorrow, I promise!

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Car

HOLD YOUR HORSES on that new car! Sandy just got back from looking at the car (the dark blue one) and found out that the car has 5,000 miles on it! So she told the guy "no thanks!" Of course, to me, 5,000 on a Toyota is still a mere drop in the bucket...but Sandy nixed the deal. Now she's back looking at the light blue one I fell in love with---and IT TOO has everything in it...everything the other one had, but the sunroof...which I don't need anyway.

This morning on the phone the guy said they wouldn't give me anything for my car in trade. When Sandy got up there he told her they would give me between $500 and $1,000 for it. Since it does have some dents and dings (minor) and some damage to the leather on the driver's seat....I'll bet they give me on the low side. However, that's a few hundred off the price. He has already come down some on the light blue the the if we find a little bit lower loan rate somewhere might be very doable.

Will keep everyone posted on this latest adventure. I have to bring the car up Wednesday for them to look at it.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Great Weekend!

Roxie ended up having to work Saturday, so she came a little later than expected. She got here, we jumped in my car and off to the casino to get Maria. We wandered around a bit, playing some slots--lost the obligatory $20....sat around a bit more to give me a break for awhile---then it was off to New London to get Ellie-Belle.

Ellen's brother in law was there, doing the plumbing to have her washer and dryer moved upstairs to the closet in the den. Good idea--no more having to go up and down the cellar stairs.

We met Lynne, David and Lynne's Mom, Elaine at Tony D's. Great time---we stayed there for about three hours! I had the "zuppa de pesce" and finished off the left-overs tonight for supper. I was a bit disappointed in the calamari---I think they have the BEST calamari--but for some reason it wasn't crispy as was kind of mushy. But, it still tasted good.

Sandy was off both days at an agility trial--taking Bub and Truman with her. Lily spent the weekend at Jean' it was a dogless house for the most part--except at night when Sandy was home with the other two. They left early (in the dark) both I got to sleep late on Saturday, with no little doggie insisting that I get out of bed!

Today we took Maria home. We went out to eat at the place around the corner. We also got to meet Joey! He is HUGE and has HUGE paws.....he's a big lug for sure. We also got to peek in at Tortie, who was lying in the front window when we walked by on the street. First time I've ever seen her, "in the flesh." She is very sweet looking.

I managed to drive all the way up and back and survived both days with the aid of bottles of the "Five Hour Energy Drink" really works for me. The only thing is it makes my face flush a bit...Lynne pointed out that my left cheek was redder than my right cheek...weird.

The latest on the car. The dealer is coming down a lot on the price. If I get the $$ from the credit union the cost for the car plus tax and title/registration will be just a hair under what I wanted to pay monthly. If the dealership can give me a lower loan rate--all the better. I am going to go for the "demo" car---which is not my first choice in color....but it is fully loaded--and that is very appealing to me.

A couple of times today cars that were that color passed us on the highway and we all agreed it was a nice color and it looks good. So that's that. Sandy will see if she can go up on Tuesday afternoon--and see if she can get a good loan rate from them.

I haven't heard from the Credit Union---I guess they aren't too interested in doing business with me--I will call them tomorrow and find out what the hell gives with that!

Now the "5 hour energy" is past its five hours, so I need to climb upstairs and hit the hay.

Tomorrow I will be sleeping in and taking it easy...getting ready for my big day Tuesday--the eye doctor's and then to Providence to see McDreamy.....Lynne will be doing the transporting. Sandy might be out buying me a new car....I hope!

Huskies won in a cake walk today....Tina is really peaking at the right time (as Anne-Marie says) and the team in general looks rested and ready for anything.

I found some more relatives on the internet---through Facebook. They are related to Uncle Abel. I hope to hear from them again...I told them I had more information to share.

Just when you think Facebook is stupid, something like that happens to show it can be valuable.

Nighty night!