Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Top 10 Ways to Get a Taste of the Chemo Experience
From a Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor, age 22
10. Set down a delicious array of food before you, then eat only wood pulp for several days
9. Throw up on your lawn
8. Each week at a pre-determined time, wake up, collect some bees and let them sting you, (for that "I can't seem to get a vein" feeling, apply one of the little brutes to your arm with scotch tape)
7. Throw up on your neighbor's lawn
6. Shave off your eyebrows, take out your eyelashes (except maybe 3) then Nair the rest of your body. Don't worry, the burning is normal.
5. For that fun Ativan feeling, wander into a room and ponder all possible means of the word Amazing. Walk out of the room, repeat.
4. Hang upside down from a tree until your face is cherry red, this will help with the dizzy/flushed, red faced feeling of Adriamycin
3. Lay around feeling like you got hit by a truck
2. Attempt to drink Ensure while you are nauseated. To become nauseated, drink an Ensure.
1. Congratulations, you've finished one chemo treatment, how many more do you get to do?
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
- I can eat grown-up food. It no longer has to be mashed and pureed like for newborns and old people.
- Not only can I eat it, but when I do, it comes back out, on an increasingly more normal basis.
- I am no longer a wuss about taking pills. I used to have to hide in a corner and down an entire glass of water with each, most of the time choking them back up. Maybe I'll be swallowing raw by the time this is all over. I should invest in one of those cool Monday-Friday pill holders.
- My sleep schedule is moving back toward human from vampire time tables.
- I walked one mile with my brother, Craig and Sammy to let Sammy swim in the river at the park. It was a very, very slow walk but I did it. Couldn't make it back though, even after some rest on the river bank. Sat on a gate at the park while the boys walked back and my brother came to pick me up in the air conditioned car to chauffeur me back home. But again, I did it.
- My mouth is no longer a fortress of sores, burns, pulsing gums and achy teeth. I can not only drink water, but also pomegranate juice and ginger ale. However, I am still sticking with the baby soft bristle tooth brush to stay on the safe side.
- I drove myself to the cancer center today. First time behind the wheel since my biopsy. I did not crash, pass out or back into anything. This is good. I walked in by myself and out by myself and felt strong. Granted it was only for a finger prick to test my levels but it was a big accomplishment.
- I am learning to listen to and understand my body. Not that the signs are very subtle, but I used to push through things probably more than I should have. Now when I am tired, I nap. When I am hungry, I eat. When I am thirsty, I drink. When I feel fevery I take Tylenol, a cold compress and go to bed. Brain and body are starting to get in sync.
- The thumbs up/thumbs down scale that Craig and I have been using to gauge my state of being at any moment has been warranting more ups than downs.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
"Your chariot awaits," said my nurse Kristen as the stretcher pulled up to take me to the Operating Room. With Craig right by my side and a little Asian woman, Lynetta, that took no bull as she plowed through the hospital hallways headed to Pre-Op. As Kristen said good luck to me her eyes were all teary and that worried me a bit ... what did she know? But, maybe it was just allergies. Or maybe she just felt for me as we were about the same age and I kind of stood out like a sore thumb compared to the other patients she was dealing with on my floor.