I don't mean the "cancer" kind of sick, although that DOES suck. I'm talking about the lingering cough sick I've got going on right now. I have not been able to sleep for the past few nights, and I AM CRANKY!
I was supposed to start boot camp this week and get back to my routine, but it's looking like that's going to have to wait at least a few more days. I have zero patience with all of this right now. I feel fat (I've gained at least 15 pounds), ugly (I have no hair), and still just don't feel like myself. I know, I know, give myself a break and yes it could be a lot worse. I know I'll get over it and do feel like a few nice days around here would definitely help.
On a good note...I continue to be amazed by the support I've gotten for the 3 Day! I've gone above and beyond the amount of donations I ever thought I would get. I've been in the process of tracking down addresses to send "thank you" notes to you all, so don't think I'm an ungrateful slacker with no manners. I had the great idea of sending out hand made cards and did a batch, but they weren't that great, so most of you are getting some store bought-but lovely ones nonetheless.
Anyhoo...that's my rant for the day
So, I met with my Radiation Oncologist yesterday. His name is Dr. Adam and he is...all that and a bag of chips! LOVED him! The totally cool thing about him is the fact that he knows my favorite doctor of all time, Dr. Kent, and worked with him for many years. I told him my expectations were VERY high and to please not be offended if he wasn't able to unseat Dr. Kent as my fav. He had a great sense of humor and took all of my nervous wiseass remarks in stride.
I was there for about 2 1/2 hours and he explained every detail of what radiation treatment entails. We talked about my diagnosis and prognosis, and he was very good about re-iterating the fact that going through cancer treatment can really take a toll on the body and not to push too hard too fast. I think I need to be reminded of that fact more often than not because I have gotten my butt kicked this past week.
Anyway, so I'll be having a total of 35 radiation treatments-Monday through Friday for seven weeks. They gave me my very own "connect the dot" tattoos yesterday so they know where the radiation will go EVERY time. I asked if they could do something a little more clever like a heart instead of a plain old dot, but no can do. They really should give people the option. Maybe a choice between a heart, a star, a butterfly, something fluffy and cute. Basically the radiation is an in and out thing-just a few minutes for the actual radiation each time-and shouldn't have too many side affects. They say you can get what equates to a sunburn as the treatments go on, and some people experience added fatigue. Every person I've talked to who's gone through it has said it's NOTHING compared to chemo. Amen to that.
|Kimberly, Tracey, and Me|
|Aren't hey PERFECT?|
When I got home I was so excited to see that the new walking shoes I bought especially for the 3 Day came. They are so...pink and cute! They even have the 3 Day logo on them. I can't wait to start breaking them in. I'm going to wait a few days since I've come down with my first cold in about five months. I totally jinxed myself by saying I'd made it through the whole chemo process without so much as a cold. Now here I am. I've definitely had worse, it's mostly in my chest and throat, but it certainly adds to my fatigue. I literally have about two hours of good energy, but then I feel like I need to sleep for two. Fortunately it's all worked out well with my job and I've been able to go at a slow pace and do what I need to do. The weather is so beautiful today and I noticed new leaves sprouting on one of my hydrangeas. It's going to be a GREAT spring and summer...I just know it!
Go Honey Badgers!
This past Tuesday was my fourth and FINAL round of chemo. OMG-I am so relieved it's over! As lovely as the staff at the infusion center were, I hope I NEVER have to see those people again in my life! Don't get me wrong, I would definitely recommend it. I'm just going to ASSUME chemotherapy will never again be part of my treatment plans and they will all become a distant memory...have a nice life!