Monday, June 11, 2012

Posted on June 15, 2012. Filed under: Cancer | Tags: , , , , , |

Unless you live under a rock, you may have heard about the Today Show anchor, Robin Roberts announced her leukemia diagnosis. Like me, the disease is the result of prior radiation treatment for breast cancer. Unlike me, hers is a different form—and if we’re competing for the “rare factor,” I win. I couldn’t resist following the “Leave a message for Robin” links and letting her know that even with a rare disease, we’re all out there sharing the proverbial “journey,” which is a term that is SO overused. I also left a link to my blog and promised to share humor as a weapon.

I spent the rest of the afternoon straightening out prescriptions that I received when in the hospital and now need to get from Target because the thought of going to the hospital every time I need a prescription filled is annoying. Besides, how would I find out that the cute little shirt I’ve been eying is now on sale!

I’m still trying to get to the bottom of the paper on my desk. It’s a mess!I also applied filled out forms to apply for disability because who can get anything accomplished when you’re hooked up to an IV half the day and tired the rest?

Today’s infusion was uneventful. I took my netbook and typed away using one arm because otherwise the beeper goes off. When they changed the dressing (I always envision stepping behind a Japanese screen and slipping into a silk robe when I hear “change the dressing”) I asked that they point the picc line in a different direction because every time I bend my arm, the plastic lines dig into my skin. The new direction should solve the problem. My other issue is that I think I’m losing my eyebrows and eyelashes. They seem to be thinning and the skin under the hair is itchy and sore, much like when my hair fell out. That called for a trip to Target to scout out false eyelashes, which I have never before applied. This should be interesting. Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

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