Friday, January 05, 2007

The Big Ick Returns

Hallo gang members! I'm just popping to let you know that in spite of their valiant efforts to poison me, I survived my fifth toxic infusion of chemotherapy yesterday. I threw up 9 times last night and am as weak and woozy as a drowned kitten today. The Prednisone has triggered a bad case of edema, and according to my brutally poetic designated driver, my face "looks like somebody inflated it with a bicycle pump until it's about to pop." I can barely see anything through the tiny slits in the puff that are my eyes.

The next few days are going to be hell on earth, the Big Ick, but they will pass and I'll be back kicking and screaming. Meanwhile, that's five down and either one or three to go; and the current score is five to nothing with me in the lead. Go team.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just today heard about what you are going through, and want you to know that you are in my thoughts, and I wish you all the best in winning this fight with cancer. You may start to receive a barrage of emails as a result of news of your situation and a link to your blog being recently posted by the web master from Regan's Nursery being posted on the Gardenweb Landscape Design forum.

I am sure that I speak for the many people you have touched over the years of your writing with such wit, that we all have you in our prayers, and wish you well. Keep on going, and all the best to you and your family!

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go team indeed!!!!

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are you being given Prednisone Liz?

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorted! Beat the fucker into submission.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

Go Liz!

You keep insisting that you are neither gracious nor a trouper, but I respectfully disagree.

If ever there was a trouper who graciously told cancer to go fuck itself, 'twas you.

Positive vibes are sent your way.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're one tough person. Hope the days of misery pass quickly!

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 to YOU, I know you can kick 3 more. you are more than half way :D

8:51 PM  
Blogger Ya Looblue said...

for you? i'd wear a little cheerleading uniform. go team INDEED! rock on granny liz...

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey leda! are you playing peek-a-boo with your camera? you know, the only blogs i read are yours and ken jennings'...what does that say about me? (what does that say about you?)

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take that mutha to the mat, Liz!

Big Ick, take it easy on this nice lady this time, please. Thanks.

12:27 AM  
Blogger Christopher C. NC said...

Aloha from Hawaii Dr. Leda.

I read about your current difficulties at the LD forum at GW where I first learned about you and your unique southern sensibilities and writing skills. From my first read I was hooked and then you were gone. Rats! Where did she go?

I am so sorry to hear that this is the cause of your sabbatical and wish you a full and speedy recovery.

Warm winds to caress your skin, warm waters to lay back and float upon, a sky full of dancing clouds to cast judgment upon. Dreams of health and comfort from across the deep blue seas.

5:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are one special woman and I agree with pp that you are indeed a fighter. Those next three courses will be nothing for you!! You can do it!!

rebound - dearest liz

we miss you when you are out.

10:31 AM  
Blogger neighbor_nancy said...


I am also one who subscribed and looked forward to the Regan Nursery Newsletters in order to read Dr. Leda's prose. I only learned of Liz's fight and this blog via the Dec. 17th newsletter. Of course I promptly donated for Liz's New Shoes via her son's blog on

I'm wondering if we should promote a cyber anti-tumor cheerleading squad on your behalf! Anti-tumor punching bags with Liz logo, perhaps?

Thanks for sharing, Liz. You continue inspire me to be more than I am. Please know that your cheerleaders are out there for you, even though we've never met or corresponded. FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!

All my best,


4:37 PM  
Blogger Hathor said...

The bright side of Prednisone? After losing the weight and the fluid, I still had bigger boobs.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Trasi said...

Thanks for letting us know how you are so we won't worry too much. Looking at the sight of you, you're suffering pretty badly, so maybe we oughta worry anyway! But better the known than the unknown. Hang in there, hunker down in your polka dot jammies and skullcap and you'll get through it. Nothing can go on forever.

10:47 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Hello Lymphopo,
I was also a Dr Leda reader, and thanks to ChristopherC in Hawaii, have found you again. I can't send you warm winds from Hawaii - we only have rain and cedar pollen in TX - but you have my most fervent wishes for your victory over this disease, along with thanks for your writings.

Annie in Austin

12:44 AM  
Blogger Alto2 said...

Here's a big dose of sunshine and strength from SW Florida. Kick the Big Ick in it's big butt this round! Dial up a little Gloria Gaynor and ye shall weather this one, too.

10:35 PM  
Blogger alphabitch said...

If the prednisone is giving you that awful crawling-flesh subdermal itchiness, try a warm bath with baking soda or epsom salts -- like 1 to 2 cups (more is good too) of either one. Oddly helpful and blissfully unscented. The epsom salts especially give an interesting floaty quality to the whole experience.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Val said...

Harrumph, harrumph [as I was saying]: every time I sign in w/this SUPPOSEDLY new & improved Google acct, it conveniently loses my comments?!?
Glad to hear you're "over the hump" (5 down, 1 - 3 to go) -- hang in there darlin'!
Best wishes, Val from TX

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot believe I am only now finding your site. I followed you for a long while at your former site, and then lamented your disappearance. You've been in my thoughts and prayers since. Evidently, I haven't been reading Twisty's comments often enough -that's where I found you!

I look forward to reading what you've written since.

It's so good to "see" you again, Liz. I've missed you! And my thoughts and prayers remain with you. You've been an inspiration to me.

2:30 PM  

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