Sunday, 5 July 2015

VEGAS BABY!!!

After I learned of my craptaculous cancer once again looking for real estate in my body I needed, and was excited, to get away for a little while. So my bestie and I went to Vegas!! I mean naturally what else would I do!!! The land of gambling seems to parallel my life which seems a smidge bit like a gamble at times!!

I love the summer heat in Vegas!!! When we got there in the evening, and checked in, we were already tired. I know people may stop reading at this point because we come across as two vey boring, young ladies hitting the hay early in Vegas, but I assure you we are not! Nope, we ordered room-service. I was hungry and tired, however I couldn't quite grip the cost of how inflated these wings were!! I mean once we did the lil math calculation they came to a whopping $3.00 a PIECE, AMERICAN!!!!!! I am not cheap, BUT I am on disability and this price was beyond inflated for my liking, lol.

Our vacation consisted of a lot of relaxing! I am definitely the type of person who likes a calm, relaxing vacation, spent outside by pool. Essentially, during the days this is exactly what we did! Honestly, this was not the type of weather where you're outside, walking on the strip. It averaged around 45 degrees Celsius. Our hotel was lovely in the sense that the pool area was huge, and it had a lazy river. Essentially we would spend our entire days on the lazy river. This was perfect. I felt sooooo good!! I had no pain and simply felt wonderful. Sometimes I wonder these days if it's the actual vacation that I enjoy so much, or whether it's the ability to get out of my head, the medical routine, and simply live like any other healthy person that brings me joy.

Our vacation also consisted of a couple shows. Our first show was to the Thunder From Down Under. My bestie is the sweetest, most thoughtful, and caring person I've ever met!! I knew this show may have been a little bit outside her comfort zone, however she was a wonderful sport!! We both quickly learnt that this show was "interactive." Fun fact to any ladies who may want to attend this show: you do NOT wear a cute little sundress to this show. We were definitely out of context in comparison to how others dressed!! We looked like we were headed to an afternoon tea...maybe that's why the men looked at us at the end of the show and said, "awe...you two are so cute...just adorable," hahaha. I'm a very happily married woman, but Chris gave me his blessing to watch this show. It was definitely entertaining and we laughed our heads off!!! Before going in to see the show, we sat down at a slot machine. I ended up winning a $100 and simply texted my hubby stating, "I won a $100!" It wasn't until he texted me back that I realized I should have elaborated. He wrote me back, "hmmm, I don't get it. You went to see strippers and YOU got paid?" I quickly realized I should proof-read my texts before quickly pressing send, lol. This was NOT a bucket list item, as I would probably have some pretty low standards if I simply wanted Australian stripper men, lol. Sadly, Australian Weiners weren't my "dying wish," however I must say it was extremely entertaining! Thank you men for coming to America and pursuing the American Dream as you all seemed to have fulfilled many of these women's dreams as well!!

The next day we went to Brad Garett's Comedy Club. Firstly, I LOVE comedy shows!! These are my favourite types of shows to go to! I always think of Brad Garett from Everybody Loves Raymond, but his comedy is NOT pg at all. It was vulgar, but sooooo good!! I mean to the point where a couple times I almost spat my drink out because I was laughing so hard. The other headliner who was hilarious was Drew Thomas, and I laughed through the entire show!! I would highly recommend it!! Just remember it's vulgar, so if that's not your cup of tea, then I'd definitely say don't go;).

The only time I truthfully thought about cancer, and switching treatments, was when my body gave me a little nasty reminder that I'm sick!! This only happened a couple times and they occurred when we were out. When I'd have a hot flash, and it was scorching hot outside, I would become extremely light headed and felt as though I was going to pass out. I've come to realize that I just need to trust my body, and do what feels good. Thankfully, I didn't pass out and we simply went abouts our days based on how I felt. Thank goodness for a totally understanding bestie!! It frustrates me when I feel like my body is limiting me. It's hard to not think of the past when I could go non-stop and feel absolutely fine. I would say it was a successful trip and I'm so glad I had the chance to get away with my bestie!

In terms of my health, just a tiny change. I have started with Tykerb, and will see how it goes before starting Xeloda (the oral chemo). If all is well, and I don't need a dose reduction, then I'll start the chemo in a week. In terms of my pesky brain...we will repeat the MRI mid month, and if this spot shrinks or stays stable then we won't radiate YET. This is to see if these two drugs affect the cancer since they do cross over the BBB. This would be ideal as we never want to go crazy with radiation, so I'm on board with this and hoping I can buy some more time!!! Here's to some working drugs so I can plan my next vacation back to Vegas:).




View of the Las Vegas Strip!

Selfie before eating our pricey wings!!

The lazy river. Honestly, I could float around in circles. Love this activity:)

The Lazy river
 
Just enjoying our evening. Fun tid bit with this pic: We both wanted this photo to be done FAST as we saw a couple cockroaches in the bushes behind us!!!!!!!!! Those are nervous smiles;)

We actually wanted the background of the strip in this, but we ended up with a bus?? 

Brad Garett: sooooo funny:)
 
We actually thought this was a "skinny Buddha," but it's not (We may have had a smidgen of alcohol prior to & we aren't typical drinkers). It's Lord Mahaveer or Mahavir??

Great dinner with a lovely view!!

And just because...may have also had a smidgen of alcohol on board??

Pre Thunder From Down Under
 
The Thunder From Down Under, or as my hubby referred to em; "men who made terrible life choices," hahaha.

The downfall of buying a float to ride the lazy river - you must deflate it!!!!! Yes, I needed a break by the time I got all the air out of it!!

And the one thing I didn't have on my trip...you guessed it: my MEDICINALS!!! Once again I resorted to sleeping pills which doesn't exactly give me the greatest night sleep.
 
 

7 comments:

  1. What hotel did you stay at? I'm glad you had such a great time and that you saw a couple of shows and even won some money. I've lived in Las Vegas for 31 years except for the 4 years I moved away, then came back. I am not a fan of the summer heat though. I loved your hilarious commentary about your trip. I agree the chicken wings were a little pricey. They probably inflated the price cause it was room service.

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    1. Ginger we stayed at Mandalay Bay! I must say the pool area is great because it is HUGE, and you can always find a spot to sit! When I've stayed at the Bellagio, Palazzo, and Venetian I never liked the pools because they were way too overcrowded!! I would LOVE to live in Vegas, actually I really like Henderson! My brother lived in Seven Hills in Henderson for a short while. I can totally see how the summers would become too much living there as I suppose it's similar to our awful winters when I just want to escape! Hope you manage to find some shade and stay cool this summer!!

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  2. You guys are so cute! I am glad you had a blast. Vegas is a 5 hour drive from where I live, so I have been there way too many times. I am amazed you survived the heat, lazy river or not! Hot hot hot. :)

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    1. It is close to where you live!! We used to drive to Vegas when I was younger every year, but we never made it to Salt Lake City the first day. We typically made it to Pocatello, Idaho and would spend the night there! Should have driven and then we could have met up;). And I love the heat, so survival was easy for me...I think I may have been a lizard in another life:).

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  3. Love it! You two are hilarious together! I so glad.you.lived it up...I can't wait to big Lexi when I see her at work...lol

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    1. Hahaha, yes Danielle we had an amazing time!! So glad we got to get away!!

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  4. I've been to events at other places, but this was my first time in here. Great place. Food was good and seating was very comfortable. Also, very good view from where I sat. This is such a cool LA venue and the atmosphere was equally amazing.

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