Tomorrow starts week 3 of the Chemotherapy Waltz (one-two-three, one-two-three…). I think of week 3 as my “normal” week, because it’s the week I commute in to work instead of working from home, and my daily routine seems the most normal. Work is not exactly normal right now, as I’m between projects, which is actually… Continue reading Back to a “normal” week?
Ever since I got diagnosed, whenever I think of the word “cancer,” I say it in my head in an exaggerated whisper: “caaaancer.” This is because, although I generally remember very little of the movie St. Elmo’s Fire, for some reason I vividly remember the scene where the mousy character, dating Rob Lowe, has him… Continue reading ’80s Flashback
Yesterday morning, Grandma headed home. It was great having her here to help. She drove me to my appointments, and in between appointments she took the kids overnight to Legoland, so Tad & I got to have the house to ourselves for a night. And of course the kids love having her here, whatever the… Continue reading In Praise of Caregivers
Round four is following the same pattern as expected, each day feeling worse with the low point on day 4 (today). It’s definitely hitting a bit harder this time, which was expected. Today’s hydration appointment definitely helped and I feel much better tonight, so I think I’m over the hump. It’s been nice having my… Continue reading Round Four Excitement
Today was my fourth round of chemo. Although I’m having mixed emotions about being halfway (yay, halfway! ugh, only halfway…), it was satisfying to be making forward progress. And Grandma came with me! It’s definitely getting harder each round. The middle drug (Cytoxan) always makes me feel crummy while it’s being infused, and today seemed… Continue reading Here I Go Again
The problem with being halfway done is … ugh, I’m only halfway done. Round four is coming up on Tuesday, and I can’t believe I have to do this fucking thing three more times. Ugh. I’ve already started taking the pre-meds, yay. I have heard about people going through chemo who start to have anticipatory… Continue reading Ugh, halfway…
Today I had my final breast expander fill visit with Dr. FixIt. Prior to today’s visit, Righty was pretty close to my intended final size. We needed to expand one last time since it’s better to have the “pocket” larger than they need it; they can always take it in, but they cannot make it… Continue reading The Leather Glove Phase
Here is an outfit starring Yolanda. Yolanda is the name of my wig. I do not wear her very often; I’m finding hats easier. These photos were taken a few weeks ago. I wore a similar outfit today to work, with gray ankle pants, a newsboy cap instead of Yolanda, and a stripey scarf (it… Continue reading Hello Yolanda
Of the many side effects of chemo, one relatively minor one is that it effects the way things taste. Many people report that foods have a metallic taste, or that using metal utensils imparts such a taste on the food. I have not had the metallic issue, but holy moly, my taste buds have gone… Continue reading Sweet and Spicy
I am officially calling it: I’M HALFWAY DONE! Woo hoo! Time for the half time show – hm, there’s a nipple joke in there somewhere… I was starting to feel much better by Tuesday, and actually I think yesterday was pretty good too. Certainly by today, the fatigue is gone, and only a few minor… Continue reading Halfway!