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Today was my first round of my chemotherapy called “Doxyrubicin” (aka “red devil”) and “Cytoxin”. I may have spelled that wrong. I don’t know, and I’m a little tired so I don’t really care either.
Today has been a struggle for me, here and there. On the one hand, I got to see a cousin I haven’t seen in ages. On the other hand, I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I would had I not just had my veins pumped full of poison. I did manage to eat, but had to hide the fact that the food made my stomach roil all the rest of the time I was there. And, the food didn’t taste very good. Not because my mom can’t cook, because she’s wicked good. But because the chemo makes everything taste and smell weird. So, it’s been . . . . just a tricky sort of day for me.
I have many things to be happy about, however, so I am gonna rattle some of them off, which I’m sure will help me deal with all of the above.
I’m happy because:
- Today I went into the office to arrange for time off in July (for a camping trip with the kids) and to set up direct deposit, buy two more scrub tops, and update my staffer on the latest health news so that she is informed. Anyways, when I got there, the owner of the company came sweeping out when she heard I was there. She wanted to hug me, offer her support, and told me that if I found myself in need of a caregiver’s services, to let her know and she would make arrangements, even if she had to come out and do it herself. Wow, I was completely floored by this. She barely knows me, really, but some how I’ve managed to stand out enough that she knows me, knows what’s going on, and feels to help! She also told me that I was an excellent caregiver, and that she appreciates all I do for my clients. It was a nice, nice thing. It really touched me, and when I got into my car and drove away I found myself choking back emotional tears.
- Today an order was placed for three cancer caps. They should arrive rather quickly, too. I’m grateful, as the thought of running around without any hair (once it falls out) is mortifying! Yipes! I’m so grateful that someone thought of that, and knew my need, and arranged to provide for it. Those cancer caps are NOT cheap, either. I’m truely blessed!
- I was able to visit with a cousin today that I haven’t seen in a very, very long time. When we were kids, we were very close. He and his sister were some of my best friends. We went though a lot together, and there is a lot of history, and etc. It was super nice to see him, and wish the visit could have been longer, despite my feeling yucky during the whole thing.
- My mother has a Meyer lemon tree in her back yard. Meyer lemons are super small, super soft and smooth, and not as tart as regular melons. They also smell really nice. I had to look up the lemon on my phone’s google, because I had never seen a fruit like that one. Anyways, it was cool, and I brought a couple home to try out. I’m happy to have had a chance to learn something new, and to have had a chance to bring some home! And the chance I had to sit and visit with my mom!
- The gal who administered my chemo infusion today got my vein in only one poke, and didn’t have to fish around or anything. The appointment was quite fast, and efficient, and my arm looks none the worse for wear. I hope I have such a skilled person working every time I walk in for treatment!
- I’m happy that tomorrow is Friday. After work, I’m going to rest. And I might call it an early night. I’d do the same tonight, but the nausea isn’t helping me relax, which is why I got onto this blog. I have to focus on something good!!! Tomorrow is Friday. Lotsa rest day!
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