Louisa has been studying poetry in her AP English class this year. For a recent assignment she had to write an essay on a poet of her choosing, and she selected Nobel prize winner Elizabeth Bishop. Louisa's completed essay was open on my computer and after satisfying my curiosity by reading it, I became intrigued by one of the poems in particular, because it sums up the experience of going through what's turning into months of chemotherapy. … Read More...
Since the beginning of this month I've been teaching a Zentangle® class on Monday evenings, right at the time when I'd normally be cooking dinner. As I mentioned that week, it's required a new strategy to get dinner on the table once I returned home from class feeling tired and hungry, and without the patience or time to cook anything that required much effort or even a recipe, unless it could be prepared entirely in advance. At first point Annie volunteered to make dinner Monday nights since she's home for the summer but, unfortunately (for me at least), she has had work hours on Mondays and needs to decompress for a few hours before working on her summer class. Plus, if preparing dinner is tiring for me after teaching, I wouldn't expect her to have the energy and focus to cook after her work shift. There's always a standing offer from Joe to bring home dinner on the nights that I … Read More...
It's one of those days... as winter draws to a close... the seasonal weariness sets in. The skies are perpetually gray. And, apparently, I was due for another installment of perspective because I just returned from a trip to the dentist for my THIRD crown in one year. I was reminded by my neighbor that back in the old days, they simply would have pulled my tooth instead. Perspective. She shared this perspective as I was driving her to an appointment because she can't drive herself. You see, she injured her arm in a skiing accident and will have to have surgery tomorrow because of it. Perspective. With all of this fresh perspective in my mind, I thought the best thing I could do today would be to shake off the clouds by sharing things that make me smile and will, I hope, do the same for you. Like cute little Fluff in the photo above. I always share pictures of our three cats, but I … [Read More...]
Yesterday I received my fourth chemo treatment. It was a judgement call on the part of my oncologist in consultation with me. My recovery from the last treatment isn't as robust as it was from the first treatment, and even less than the second. That's what happens with each successive one. My next two treatments may require a delay of a week or an adjustment of my dose. But yesterday, I was in my doctor's office, all psyched up to push ahead, and I didn't want to delay an extra week. Now at least I can say four treatments received and two to go. Milestones folks, they really help the mental outlook. Been here, done this, preparing to crash again into the side effects, but I'm also halfway done. You may have noticed that my creative output, writing, Zentangle®, and if you follow me on Instagram you've seen that my other art projects have all suffered thanks to my low overall energy. … [Read More...]
Yesterday I received my second chemo treatment and the time was reduced down to 5 hours instead of the 7 spent during my first treatment. I guess I'm taking it well, or as well as chemo can be taken. The side effects are in full force now, including losing my tastebuds and my hair. You know, the ordinary things that we generally think about like what do we want to eat for our next meal and is it a good or bad hair day. But I will elaborate on both of those topics in a future post. For now, I just want to say that I was as busy as a person could possibly be for those five hours. People often think I'll be bored to tears sitting there but not me! I'm now experienced enough (it only takes one treatment to figure out a lot) to come prepared. And yesterday I brought my Kindle with a new book; my lap desk; my Zentangle® supplies and Diva Challenge; as well my iPad to attack my lengthy … [Read More...]