I was thinking of writing my blog a few months ago when we uploaded all the videos of the blond hair being lopped off, but then I've been a bit pre occupied with the chemo treatments and was in emergency with a high fever (it's what happens when you have a compromised immune system) so was in the hospital for 3 days with blood transfusions and antibiotics , they finally let me out. I must have looked like a missile outta control getting out of there! Well I was counting my free days, 4 more and I had to go back in for another round of treatment.
Hello it's me! still alive n kickin at Noosa!
www.bloomhill.com.au Best thing I ever did. My designated nurse was fantastic, my brother had arrived on the same day so he came along to and was mightily impressed. It's situated in the middle of this fab rain forest, the cafe which is on their deck is wonderful, peaceful and you could just sit there sipping your latte and nibbling on your lemon slice for ever.
Whilst we were taking in all this goodness, there was an unexpected cancellation and since I was there I managed to get a reflexology session. It was bliss, and she dropped some important knowledge on me. The thing I noticed is as cancer patients, we ask all sorts of people for advice but the best are the nurses and caregivers. So now I've got something I can do with the numbness on my fingertips which is caused by one of the chemo combos. You leave the centre feeling calm and peaceful. Next time I went was for a psychiatrist consult. Not scary at all, peaceful, lovely cuppa , brilliant view an such a patient calm doc.
I have yet to go back and use their yoga or massage classes but I will as soon as we've got a rein on the appointments at the hospital and my weekly chemo sessions. Oh you want to know how it went with the Psychiatrist? Well of course I'm mental but then it's a good mental and I'm in the normal zone so far!!!! I'm now closing on the last two cycles of my treatment. Because of it's toxicity levels building up in me, my hemoglobin and platelet counts get wiped out so I have to go back n forth to the hospital for loads of transfusions. A big huge thank you to those of you who donate blood and Platelets ( that's you Annie), we couldn't survive without you.
I'm sure my oncologist wished I'd be as thankful to him, the other day at our appointment before he could do anything i said "look at my eyebrows!", he looked at them and said " err they're nice", I said are they straight and do they look too dark?" he said " no..., is there a reason to this? " . "Yes !" I said, "as part of an ongoing care for patients, doctors should provide eyebrow and eyelash accessories as part of hairloss due to chemo!", which floored him. Well it kept him grinning for a few minutes. I have no idea how to do eyebrows, mine were low maintenance when I had them, so I have to keep asking my daughter to help out! Annie finally got me eyebrow stencils, thank god for that, makes life so much easier. Don't even ask me about eyelashes, I'm still staring at the false eyelashes wondering how I'm going to glue it on... knowing my luck it'll adhere to upside down!! eeekkk
https://www.rosettelavedette.com/en/hair-growth-after-chemo/ Hair Growth After Chemo
My Doc keeps reassuring me I'm doing really well, and I'm dealing with it well too. Huh if only he saw the sobbing, and sulking and moaning I do . (well none of you get to see it cept my kids and brothers... well that's what brothers are for!). Kids more because I love when they hug and hold me and tell me it's OK. It's been a real ride down this rabbit hole and I've got 5 more weeks to go.
So here's the thing, I think I'm hooked on food porn, my appetite is totally shot to smithereens but with one of my close buddies posting Malaysian Specialties and my family and friends posting all the dishes they're eating, I'm addicted! Which led me to search you tube for cancer friendly meals... lemme tell you, there is a LOT out there!!! Let your common sense guide your tummy's path is all I can say. I've turned into a pesco pollo vegetarian, even the smell of steaks on the grill turn my tummy. And correct you want a slight tang with your food, so dishes like NOT SO HOT Tom Yum, Pho, fried glass noodles etc are so much more appetising.
(I sent out a distress call to all my close friends for sour plums!). I've actually been toying with the idea of doing a small vlog on cooking for your self as a cancer patient.... well I might have a go at it once I get the wind in my sails again.
|Dried preserved plums!|