Saturday, May 26, 2018

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I'm here. I'm just trying to adjust to life without daily doctors' appointments/treatments. I'll get there. I'm sorry for disappearing.

The girls are out of school as of this past Thursday.

I haven't started a serious job search yet.

I'm still in pain from radiation but it is getting better.

My hair is still growing and I've taken How's My Hair Wednesday pictures but alas, I've neglected this space.

I'll get there. I still have a lot to say and not all of it is about cancer or cancer treatments. I promise.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

How's My Hair - Weeks 8 and 9

Okay, so I've become a bad blogger. I'm sorry. Really. But I'm also REALLY tired and come home from each radiation treatment and go back to bed for about two hours before Olivia comes home because I want to have enough energy to get through the evening with her and her sister and if I don't sleep, I can't be there for them. So that's my excuse.

But tomorrow is my last treatment so there's that. Next week will be a recovery week for me, lots of sleep, lots of Netflix and then I'll get on that whole job hunting thing.

But for now, pictures of my hair. Both were taken on Wednesdays, so I have that going for me.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

How's My Hair Wednesday (on an actual Wednesday)

Picture 8, seven weeks post chemo.

I feel like my hair actually looks better in person than it does in pictures. I might even be a week or two away from being willing/comfortable going out in public without a hat, which is nice because next week is supposed to bring warmer temperatures with it. So, yeah, it's time to put the stocking caps/beanies away and let my hair blow in the wind. Hahahaha.

So without further ado:

Friday, April 20, 2018

How's My Hair...Friday? Yikes!

So yes, radiation fatigue is a real thing. I'm apparently suffering from it. Which is my excuse for not posting How's My Hair Wednesday. But again, the picture was taken on Wednesday, so that's something. It doesn't take much to take a picture. Well, I do have to take the clothes off the hook that hangs from the door and then take the hook down but even that doesn't fatigue me that much.

But getting up and moving around? Yeah, pretty tiring.

Enough of that. Here's the seventh photo, six weeks post chemo (please ignore the fact that it says post-chemom...I blame the radiation fatigue.)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Radiation So Far

As of Friday, April 13, I've finished 13 rounds of radiation. I have 20 more to go. That means four weeks of daily, Monday through Friday, appointments.

So far the side effects include redness at the site of the radiation (ie, my left boob looks sunburned) and tiredness. I'm not sure I'd call what I'm feeling fatigue but I am pretty tired these days. Now that I've finished my round of antibiotics for strep and an ear infection, I'm sleeping through the night. It's a novel experience and quite lovely. The side effects of chemotherapy made it pretty hard to sleep through the night so I'm loving not dealing with dry mouth, sinus congestion and several trips to the bathroom a night.

But even sleeping through the night doesn't take away my need for a nap in the middle of the day. I can sometimes go without a nap for one day but only for one day. The next day requires a nap to get through the evening.

All this isn't helped by the fact that it's currently track season. Alyssa has two track meets a week and anyone who knows me knows I don't like to miss her meets. I just feel like if she's going to put in the work at practices and compete in the meets, the very least I can do is make it to the meets themselves. So on Tuesdays and Fridays, I make sure I take a nap so I can make it to her meets.

Tom is still very supportive and loving. I do know how lucky I am that he's being so great through all this.

I don't think it's affecting the girls all that much. I still help Liv with her homework and as noted above, I'm still going to Lyss's track meets and spending time with her when she's home, which, these days, isn't as much as I'd like. But then, I suppose high school is the time when kids start spending less time at home so they can get us used to the idea of going away to college. I know these next three-ish years are going to fly by.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

How's My Hair Wednesday (Thursday Edition)

The picture was taken yesterday (Wednesday) but I didn't have a chance to post it. Radiation makes me sleepy and I still have fourth grade homework to do supervise and a teenager to pick up from track practice. Between all that there are so many naps to take.

Anyway, here is picture #6 taken five weeks post-chemo.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Last weekend (Easter weekend) my mom invited me and the girls over to her house on Good Friday to dye eggs with Jaxon, Connor and Sabella, my cousin's daughter.

This was the first time Sabella saw me without a hat since losing my hair. She asked me what happened to my hair. I told her I'd had to take some medicine that made my hair fall out. She took that as a good enough answer and went back to her eggs.

Later, she glanced up at me and informed me, "You look like Zordon."

I had no idea who Zordon was so I just accepted her word for it.

It turns out that Zordon is the mentor of the Power Rangers. Good to know. We googled images of Zordon, the resemblance is uncanny.

I'm considering changing my profile picture to this:

I mean...I'm not sure anyone would even realize it isn't me in the above picture. Hahaha. I do so love the honesty of children. They're so refreshing.

Speaking of my hair, I tried to take a picture of the epic case of hat head I happened to have on Friday but it didn't photograph well. But trust me, it was awesome.