Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's Getting Snowy

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A Reason to Celebrate

Today's reason to celebrate:  Today I was officially given clearance to drink alcohol again!!  YAY!!  It has been too long (since at least May 28, though I don't remember when the last time was I had a drink before I started treatment).  Now, the difficult task of picking a wine with which to start the celebration.  If any of you have recommendations, please share! 

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Menopause Sucks

Thanks to my cousin Laurie for sending this gem along. Makes me feel sorry for Jason, having to put up with me. No wonder Rory thinks I'm a crazy mommy.

"Q: How many women with MENOPAUSE does it take to change a light bulb?

Woman's Answer:

One! ONLY ONE!!!! And do you know WHY? Because no one else in this house knows HOW to change a light bulb! They don't even know that the bulb is BURNED OUT!! They would sit in the dark for THREE DAYS before they figured it out.

And, once they figured it out, they wouldn't be able to find the #&%!* light bulbs despite the fact that they've been in the SAME CABINET for the past 17 YEARS!

But if they did, by some miracle of God, actually find them, 2 DAYS LATER, the chair they dragged to stand on to change the STUPID light bulb would STILL BE IN THE SAME SPOT!!!!! AND UNDERNEATH IT WOULD BE THE WRAPPER THE FREAKING LIGHT BULBS CAME IN!!! BE CAUSE NO ONE EVER PICKS UP OR CARRIES OUT THE GARBAGE!!!! IT'S A WONDER WE HAVEN'T ALL SUFFOCATED FROM THE PILES OF GARBAGE THAT ARE A FOOT DEEP THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE HOUSE!! IT WOULD TAKE AN ARMY TO CLEAN THIS PLACE! AND DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON WHO CHANGES THE TOILET PAPER ROLL !!

I'm sorry. What was the question?"

Friday, September 12, 2008

Top 10 Best Things About Being in Chemo (now that I'm done)

10.  People will do anything for you.
9.  Nobody comments on the extra 6-7 pounds you've put on.
8.  Takes about half the time to get ready in the morning because you just slip on your hair and walk out.
7.  A whole summer of no shaving!!  Yay!
6.  Cleaning the bathroom is easier because there's less hair to clean up.
5.  People cater to your fickle whims of what you are in the mood to eat.  ("I want a fried twinkie."  "Jill, we're not at a fair."  "I'm in chemo!"  Magically, fried twinkie appears.
4.  Saving about $100/month on haircuts, shampoo and color.
3.  No periods!
2. Versatility in how I look:  "I don't do hair on weekends."
1.  SO many easy Halloween costume options... Mr. Clean, a Q-tip, Howie Mandell, Blue Man Group, Uncle Fester... the list goes on and on!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

It's a big day

I have a list of blog posts to write, but haven't found much time lately.  However, I couldn't let this morning pass without writing a quick note about today, as it is a big day!  At 12:30 I start my LAST chemo treatment!!!  Yay!  6 of 6!  It's great to get the last one done, but in some ways today is not the day to celebrate, as it's like celebrating the last ass-kicking before it starts.  Give me about two weeks, until I'm feeling great again, then it's time to celebrate.  Though it will be nice to walk out of the chemo pod today and know I will not have to walk in again (knock on wood, or "Poo poo poo" as my mother-in-law says).  Soon I will write a post about the treatments themselves, show what they are like, etc. 

This is also the time for a big public sentimental moment of appreciation for Jason, who goes to every treatment with me, holds my hand and distracts me when they put in the IV (sometimes more than once), brings me snacks, carries my purse, and tells the nurses when to leave me alone if it's getting overwhelming.  Plus, he actually tries to help me with the crossword puzzles that come in the "Packet of Fun" the cancer center provides for entertainment. 

Also, surgery has been set for October 9, but I'll write more about that later.