Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A few days before Christmas

Hi.  I haven't meant not to post in so long.  I don't think I have been this busy in, well, who knows how long.  But it has been a good kind of busy.  I have been having fun doing all kinds of Christmasy things!  Since John has not been admitted to Hershey the whole of December, I have been able to do a lot of things I didn't expect I would be able to.  I have gotten to bake, do Christmas cards, shop, and do a Christmas journal!  What fun I have been having.  I have just been living a normal life and it is great! 

John is doing well, all things considering.  At first he was getting two units of blood twice a week, but now he only gets blood about once a week.  Actually, he hasn't had blood at the present time for a week and a half!  His doctor started him on chemo for the Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA) and it seems to be working!  His red blood cell count actually went up by itself this week instead of down when it was time to get blood, and he didn't need to get the blood.  That is the first time this has happened in months!  It appears the chemo is working.  Perhaps he won't have to get his spleen out after all!  John has four more weeks of chemo.  Right now he is going for labwork three times a week to get his counts checked.  Between labwork, chemo and blood, this makes a busy week for the both of us, but we can handle it.  We have other appointments too.  Some times by the end of the day we are dog tired.  But that's ok.  At least John is not hospitalized in Hershey.  And there is light at the end of the tunnel.  He is also not running fevers anymore, and is feeling pretty good, except a little weak at times.  And sometimes he feels sick from the chemo.  But he feels way better than he did the last few months.

So it looks like we are going to have a good Christmas!  On Christmas Eve we are going to Midnight Mass.  On Christmas morning it will just be John and me.  We will open our presents.  Then my sister Valerie and her boyfriend are coming over for Christmas dinner.  It sounds like a really fun day.

Let's see.  What else is new?  I have a new pair of glasses!  John says they are modern.  I like them very much and think they are modern and sort of glam.  I think I will be able to carry them off, LOL.  When I get a chance I will take a photo of them for you all. 

Oh, I didn't say anything about the trip to Hershey last week yet.  Dr. Claxton is extremely pleased with John's progress.  But I guess you can already ascertain that from what I wrote above.  

Okay, so I guess I better go.  Does anybody know what to get a kitty for Christmas?  He doesn't like toys much.  He gets bored with them because he is so smart.  Michael also can't do catnip.  While other cats get mellow (high?)  he gets MEAN and aggressive!  He starts attacking things and people.  He must be getting high off of it and it just makes him very aggressive.  He starts running around and acting crazy and clawing people like a totally possessed cat.  So he is the hardest person on my list to shop for, LOL.  Do you have any ideas?

Love you all, Krissy :)  


  1. Happy Holidays to you and John,
    Gem :-)

  2. I was just at your journal to see if you had posted anything about John, and then I got the alert!  You must have posted just when I left!  Glad to hear things are going so well for him!  That's great news!!!  I am so happy you were able to enjoy this Christmas Season...hope your Christmas Day is as fun as you predict!  Can't help you with your kitty gift dilemma...Jae

  3. promiseluv37212/20/2006 9:27 PM

    Well my cat likes to get a can of tuna in his stocking! it's not a big deal but hey they love it.  Other then that a ball a yarn. Even the pickiest (SP?) cat loves that... although with mine I spend A LOT of time getting it unwrapped from my furniture legs and re  rolling the ball.  But then it's always fun as he  chases it as I'm trying to roll it. (I call it annoying he thinks it's bonding lol)

    Hope those suggestions help some.

    I am SO happy John is going to be home for Christmas!  you two deserve a nice Christmas.

    God is answering prayers every minute!

    much love,

  4. My cats are 'old ladies' now and I just treat them with some of that expensive cat food for Christmas...they like it but I can't afford it all the time. Toys are a thing of the past for them, but they still do play with the unexpected things. When I was trying to get out some Christmas ornaments they thought the box and tissue paper were great fun.  Glad you are enjoying both deserve it! 'On Ya' -ma

  5. tendernoggle12/20/2006 9:52 PM


  6. So glad to hear hes doing so well.
    Merry Christmas

  7. Some kind of kitty goodie would be nice, maybe? I don't own a cat so I'm not one to really ask LOL!
    I'm so glad John is doing better.  Have a good holiday, Krissy.

  8. glad to hear john is doing better:) wtg on the new glasses can't wait to see you:) as for kitty well how about all kinds of toys or fancy kitty food


  9. I know what to get a kittty for of my kittens!!!!  I could just run it right over to you...I mean NY is not that very far from you!  LOL

  10. i am so glad to read that things are going well, and that you two will be enjoying christmas at home together.  God is good!  :)  i've noticed you haven't mentioned dialysis lately....was he able to discontinue that?

  11. what wonderful news about john. i know you are both happy. i will pray the improvement continues. hmmmm kitty presents, i would say kitty treats. one christmas with my cat we had named casper, my husband bought him a fuzzy mouse. then he tied it to the line on his fishing pole and would cast it across the room and reel it in slowly, and casper would go after it. i don't know who had more fun doing that, the cat or my hubby, lol. Have a wonderful day. (((((((((hugs to you both))))))))))))

  12. I am glad that John is doing better. That is great that he hasn't been in the hospital this month. Things are looking up for him. I know you two have enjoyed being at home this long. Sorry, I can't make any suggesting on cat toys as don't have a cat. Never had but one long long ago. Helen

  13. Very pleased to hear John is getting the better of the AIHA, Krissy. Have a great Christmas - how about a special food treat for kitty?

  14. I get my cats a can of human tuna or salmon for their meals and cat treats. Also an empty box. They love to climb in and sleep! Glad to hear John is doing so well. It is Christmas! Tammy


  15. Krissy, I am so happy to hear the news about John feeling a heck of alot better.
    John is one tough guy and with our prayers he will be fine.  You both are a inspiration to others.  As for Michael I think the fishing pole idea with the furry mouse on the end might be to his liking.   My cat does the same thing when he gets into catnip as Michael does.  His fangs and nails come out and he gets a mean look in his eyes and attacks everything.  Fun to watch him unless he comes after me.                                              Love and hugs to you and John

  16. Krissy-Glad you have had a better month and I am glad to hear John is doing better. I hope you have a great Christmas!

  17. John's health news is extremely encouraging!    It is a time enjoy and feel hopeful about the future.    My prayers that this is the beginning of his road to recovery!    May you have a great Christmas together with Val and her boyfriend!    Like all pets the greatest gift is something they crave to eat.    mark

  18. jlocorriere0512/21/2006 6:02 PM

    I'm so glad John is doing well. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas day! Jeannette xx

  19. Woo Hoo John!!!!
    and I am so glad you guys are home for christmas and doing christmasy stuff....
    I usually get the kitties the premade made kitty stockings or just extra kitty snacks but haven't done that yet...
    Have a very merry christmas!
    Linda :)

  20. ceilisundancer12/22/2006 7:13 PM

    Boxes or a cat tree, more of a place he can run up and down and around, and hide in some as well?   -- Robin

  21. I am so glad John is progressing so well and that you have been having fun getting ready for Christmas! Deb

  22. Sounds like you have gotten your Christmas gift early!!  Hugs to you both.  -  Barbara

  23. Gabi says to get Michael some " Feline Greenies."  They come in 3 or 4 flavors and Gabi loves them.  I get them at Petsmart but I have seen them in the "pet section" of some grocery stores, too.  They are called "dental treats" so are good for their teeth and they also promote "fresh breath."  They come in a 2.4 oz foil pouch.  I give Gabie 5 or 6 of them every few days.  So glad to hear John is doing so well.  It was a year ago..that you were preparing for his bone marrow transplant.  Have a blessed weekend.  Linda & Gabi in Washington


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