Tomorrow, Tuesday, starts round three of chemo. My fifth treatment. Week seven. I would like my hair back.
Last week was a successful week off, because I did NOT end up in the hospital. Was a little nervous but managed to even ‘go away’ for a weekend with old friends — sort of a reunion. So much fun, and my old friend Susie even knitted me six (SIX!) cute hats. Part of this weekend was spent working on, let’s call it, inner healing. Susie teaches a new-age sort of ‘philosophy’ teaching people about their inner ‘energy’ profile, what it means, and how to live a fuller, healthier life. So we spent time teaching me how to do this. Over the years I have been given A LOT of cancer advice, from herbs, to drugs, to yoga and meditation, to vitamins, visualization, you-name-it. There is little I poo poo outright, and I am willing to consider most advice given by people whom I like. So, this new set of ideas from Susie draws together some techniques I have considered in the past … sort of “visualization plus.” Hopefully I can keep this up because I actually feel better when I do it. It’s sort of meditative, and meditation has been tricky for me in the past.
Tomorrow morning: first appointment is a wig fitting on the 1st floor. Could be fun, could be itchy. I think I want a wig for when I want to blend in to the crowd. Second appointment: blood draw on 2nd floor. Then up to the 9th floor for ‘vitals.’ Then checkup with my NP — hoping to hear my ‘tumor marker’ numbers are getting better. Finally, I re-checkin on 9th floor for chemo. It’ll be a long day.
On the way home I will visualize hair growing back on my head.