Friday, September 3, 2010

Tired Before the Chemo

Oy vey!! The appt at the oncology clinic went well - met with the nurse, the oncology resident, the oncologist, the radiation oncologist, the resident & the oncologist & the nurse, the drug reimbursement specialist then the nurse again. Yeah. 3 hours later, information assimilated, questions asked & answered, appts galore!!! I get the PICC line put in on Tuesday, CCAC (home care nurse) visit on Wednesday to change the dressings from the PICC line, chemo side effects clinic on Thursday, ECG on Friday, Knitters Fair on Saturday (thank God I'm taking a bus down - it will be like a wee vacation!!!), chemo pre-visit on Tuesday and then chemo for real starts on Wednesday the 15th. Mix in there a craft group at Gilda's & a few cancer support groups & PHEW!!!
I will lose my hair - I'm not too bothered by it right now. At least I won't have to worry about hat head this winter! People say that my hair might grow back different; I'm hoping that it grows back in not grey!!
I've discovered that cancer treatments are significantly costly - I am sincerely grateful for drug coverage!! It should be pretty much 100% covered between mine & Kerwyn's work insurance. That's a freakin' load off let me tell you - tens of thousands of load off!!

Tomorrow I'm heading down to the T-dot to visit with Elise and get caught up in person. She's back in Canada & you can totally get in on classes with her while she's here at The Needle Emporium Knitting Camp. We're going to head to the ROM to take in the African-Canadian quilt exhibit. I'm sorely tempted by the Terracotta army - I feel a Lara Croft moment coming!


  1. It's going to be a whirl-wind ride for a while...
    Keep It Simple Sweetie! KISS

  2. Remember that you have a whole raft of friends eager to help you pick up the slack. A friend of mine just had a double mastectomy. I got her to give me he e-mail address list and sent the news out to everyone she knows, with a request for volunteers. Another friend set up a project calender on Google, and people were practically fighting for a chance to go clean her litterbox and take out her garbage.

    It is an act of kindness on your part to allow people to help you while you are sick. We are concerned and need to do something to help If a useful task is denied us, we will, by god, come up with something that you will probably wish we hadn't. Like a case of rumballs, or a video tape set of all the episodes of America's next top Model or something. You don't have to do anything you don't want to do. give people assignments and options and watch the magic happen.

  3. What Roxie said. Seriously. Will be waiting for my assignment.

    And a quilt exhibition? Too bad I'm getting a wee bit of minor surgery myself later this week -- otherwise, I'd be on a plane to Toronto!

  4. An excuse to knit hats! And wear them. All the time. Silver lining and all that.