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Purple Death Hawk 05-25-15 the land yacht update

Posted on May 26, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I really enjoyed watching the race yesterday. I will watch NASCAR sometimes, but Indy cars are what I love. Next year will be the 100th running and would be something to go see. It also got me to thinking about updating the information on my new 1997 Buick.


As I first mentioned, the seller told me three of the windows did not work, it had an oil leak and needed an alignment. She told me that a driver had hit a curb ...

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Purple Death Hawk 05-21-15 Throwback Thursday

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Just for fun I am doing a Throwback Thursday. I cannot find my mid-70s picture with the waist length straight hair. I will add it later if I come across it.


 1980, transitioning to 80s hair.

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Purple Death Hawk 05-20-15 the hidden blog

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (1)

There really is no hidden blog, unless the voices in my head count. There are days I do not post simply because the day was normal, whatever normal is. I could post that I am still kicking, but that would get annoying quickly.


Some days I do not post because I am actually “having fun” working on something. (I know, I have to redefine my idea of fun.) Right now, I can occupy myself with yard work, car rep...

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Purple Death Hawk 05-18-15 Look Good Feel Better

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I had two appointments today; the first was for my weekly blood test. Platelets are a little low, but everything else is about where it should be. I am not surprised about the platelet drop with the increase in chemo.


My second appointment was at a Look Good Feel Better workshop. The workshops are sponsored in part by the American Cancer Society. The program is designed for women undergoing cancer treatment and prov...

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Purple Death Hawk 05-16-15 Lung test results

Posted on May 17, 2015 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (2)

One day late with this. My host provider malfunctions frequently, site is usually back up within 24 hours.


I went in for a breathing test and a meeting with the lung doctor on Wednesday, May 13. The test was not a treadmill type, something I was not looking forward to. You just sit in an enclosure and breathe into a mouthpiece. The technician will tell you to take deep breaths, hold your breath, exhale deeply and a ...

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Purple Death Hawk 05-12-15 Strong and Brave?

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (2)

I have had a few individuals post that they thought I was strong or brave. It is funny; I do not feel that way. I feel that I was handed a situation and was given two choices. I could curl up and die or I could fight. I simply choose to fight.


In some ways, I do feel that I am somewhat strong. I have been through a lot over the years. Brave? Not so much. I am just going at it head on.


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Purple Death Hawk 05-10-15 Mother's Day

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. Biological, adopted, stepmothers and those that just nurture and care for others. I will not call anyone out by name, but I have a couple of friends that do not have children of their own. They have been absolute rocks for me and I thank them. (You know who you are, you put up with the crazy neighbor or the online friend who has travelled through many a writing site with you.)


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Purple Death Hawk 05-09-15 Checking in

Posted on May 9, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Just checking in, still kicking. This chemo round was heavy and I am still queasy, but slowly improving. Had the Neulasta shot Thursday and slept most of yesterday. Slept in a bit this morning, but the outside is calling. I can only get out in the heat for a little at a time right now, but I am getting out.

Did find out the generic Tums worked well for my stomach. Checked with the nurse and Tums do not present a problem with the chemo. An...

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Purple Death Hawk 05-05-15 Round 5 and humor

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I am going to get some humor in this blog, because I promised my readers and I have to before I depress myself.


I began round five of my chemo treatments yesterday. Three days of slow poison drip and then the Neulasta shot. To backtrack, I had round one in the hospital; it was a high hard-hitting dose. My doctor reduced the dosage level for round two because my blood counts fell considerably.

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Purple Death Hawk 05-04-15 The yard sale

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The yard sale went well for what it was. I planned to have a sale last year, but never got around to it. I gathered a few more items for this preliminary sale and sat outside for two and one half days. Saturday, the third day, it started pouring rain and I closed up.


I am planning a larger sale in June. The city will have an Unofficial Citywide sale and that should draw traffic. There are two bumps in this journey t...

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