First Day Done


Okay, Day One is over.   We started with blood work and we’ve learned that there’s no need to rush to make an appointment.   It was scheduled for 9:00 but as long as we gave ourselves enough time to get to the CT scan prep by 11:30, we were fine.  We showed up around 9:30 and it was mobbed.  SRO when we arrived with people sitting in the hall, standing everywhere.  I took the photo below just before we left. Things had eased up a bit.  The tech who took my blood said it had been full since 6:00 am when they opened.  This is what Monday looks like here.

We went to “The Park” with about an hour before we needed to report for the CT scan…such a lovely place.  Then the CT scan…not my favorite thing but no big deal.  You drink the equivalent of two cans of sprite (or fruit juice) with some kind of contrast liquid over the course of an hour, get into scrubs, get hooked up to an IV and lie down and let them take pictures.  For the first time since I’ve come to MD Anderson, the tech had trouble getting me set up for the IV and it HURT and continued to hurt until the whole thing was over.  Next time (I just found this out…should have known) I’m going to get the port access set up and use the port.

We stopped at Macaroni Grill for Jerry’s birthday dinner (lunch?)…brought it back to Anne’s and are relaxing for the rest of the day.  Nice sunny day but COLD…has to be in the low 50s out there.  I’m going out for a quick walk but won’t be out there for long!

Waiting for blood work

Waiting for blood work

Love to all

In the park

In the park


11 thoughts on “First Day Done

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JERRY! Are you getting a day off soon?

  2. was so hot (83) & humid here today you couldn’t breathe….raining now…freezing by Wednesday morning, 80 by Friday….typical FL weather.  What’s on your agenda tomorrow?

    Jerri 521 Cedarwood Lane Venice, FL 34293 941-445-4118

    “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou

  3. Looking good!

  4. Barbara Greenberg

    You look absolutely beautiful, Mary. I love your hairstyle! Sorry to hear about the uncomfortable pokes today. II am full of hope that your results will be all a-okay. Happy Birthday to Jerry. Our best wishes to you and your family for a blessed Thanksgiving. Huga

  5. Know too well what those CAT’s are like. I have difficult veins, so they now know to send in the specialty nurse who’s specialty is small and/or collapsed veins. She/he is great. Not as much poking; therefore much less black and blue. Glad when the ordeal is over.

    So far so good. When do you get results? Weather here in the 30’s so 50’s sound wonderful.

    Happy birthday to Jerry.
    Stay happy, focused and healthy.

  6. You look great, as always, Mary. I’ll be quoting you at my panel at the NCTE convention. You’ll be a big hit, as always!

  7. Ha Ha…low 50s??? Was 30 – 35 all day….Your blood is thinning down there! 🙂 Feel well xo

  8. Wendie Highsmith

    Mary-I am thinking of you as you journey back to Anderson. I would be totally surprised (as would you be) if the results were to be other than “no cancer present.” Your trip to LA sounded terrific. Having family there is such a plus, just as it is in Houston. Returned from seeing my littles on Saturday. Zach asked before I left if I could stay longer. Well, that was the best. Had a great time being immersed in their routine. Love, Wendie


  9. Mary, you look absolutely wonderful! I wish I had known to suggest they access your port before you had your scan. Much easier and less painful. Stay well. 🙂

  10. Perhaps it is the Tibetan bag slug colorfully over your shoulder, seated comfortably in an oversized natural wicker chair, that brings forth the peaceful flower child. Mostly, I think it is in your soft smile and bright eyes projecting a peacefulness that convinces me that you will fly through all your tests with confidence knowing you have many more years and days for living life to the fullest. I love this picture of you.

  11. Might it have been so painful because of all the needles and stuff that you’ve had over the past year?

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