Well it’s been a minute since I’ve posted. Things got a little crazy around here. CC was diagnosed with the flu in mid-February…….and my doctor put me on Tamiflu the same day he was diagnosed and I tried as hard as I could to stay away from his cooties. I slept in the spare bedroom, disinfected the house like a villain, diffused essential oils, washed, washed, washed my hands, drank elderberry syrup…….you name it, I did my best to avoid it. What’s that they say about the best laid plans? Well – the flu caught me too! Crazy enough we had both had the flu shot this year (this was the very first year I’ve EVER had it, but my oncologists strongly recommended that I take it). CC was diagnosed on a Sunday and by the following Friday – I was feeling like crap! The worst part was the terrible cough and congestion. Because of the timing of my illness, there was some concern that I may have pneumonitis (often a side effect of radiation that can show up a month or more after treatment). My radiation oncologist ordered x-rays to be sure what we were dealing with. Thank goodness there was no pneumonitis – but she called me later that day to say that I, too, had tested positive for Flu B. Are you kidding me?
I’m happy to report that we are both feeling much better at this time. Praise God! That was a rough few weeks. I still have a terrible nagging cough – but who knows if that’s from the flu or from this crazy weather that now has everything blooming outside!
My strength is coming back day by day. I’m finding it easier to be out and about doing things for longer periods of time. Slowly but surely life is getting back to normal.
Tomorrow I have an appointment for a bone density test – they ordered that after they put me on the Tamoxifen. Guess we need a baseline reading on my bone health. Hopefully that will be a quick trip tomorrow. I have enjoyed not having to travel to Duke on a daily basis these past few weeks!
I seem to be adjusting okay to the Tamoxifen. Yeah – I started experiencing major “power surges” literally within the first 24 hours of starting the meds. They occur sporadically all through the day and night. Fun times! I haven’t felt like I’ve experienced any “mood swings” – which seems to be a common side effect of the meds. My guys haven’t seemed to complain, so I hope we can avoid that one! I’m finding that nothing really sounds good when it comes to food. Food tastes pretty normal now so that’s a good thing……but even foods I have always loved just don’t appeal to me like before. Or I’ll spend all day thinking about the yummy dinner I’m gonna cook and then by the time it’s ready – it’s not appealing to me at all. I dunno. Maybe this is a good thing? Maybe I’ll lose some weight? Fat chance!
My hair is coming back and it’s grown a bunch over the past few weeks. Many folks have asked me if my hair is coming back it’s natural color. HELLO PEOPLE……I’d been coloring my hair for so long, who the heck remembers what my natural color looked like??? Last I knew, it was almost black. Now it’s coming back baby soft and very much in a salt and pepper color! I haven’t noticed ANY. SINGLE. BIT. OF. CURL………DANGIT! I had sooooo hoped I’d have some ringlets! Or at the very least a little bit of body! I’m still holding out for that! I want Melva Thompson hair! 🙂
Here’s wishing each of you a wonderful rest of the week. I challenge each of you to find some JOY in each day. Even in the midst of chaos – look for the blessing that tucked away somewhere around the corner. Choose to be optimistic rather than pessimistic…….choose to see the glass as half full rather than half empty……and by golly, be nice to yourself every now and then. Right Tina Morris? It’s okay to buy yourself a bouquet of flowers or treat yourself to something special.
But ya’ll……seriously……with all the crap that’s going on in the world around us……there’s a lot of bad stuff, but a heckuva lot of good stuff too……and we may not be able to do much but one thing we can all do is just BE KIND. It’s just that easy. Need some ideas?
Choose kindness……..every time!
Colossians 3:12-14 The Message (MSG)
12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.