Well, I've got plenty of news to share so I thought I'd take a few minutes to do that...
My mother-in-law, Sandy, was cleared by her doctor to go on their previously planned cruise...yay for Sandy & Bob!!!! They both need to get away, that's for sure. They're going with Bobby's aunt & uncle. Sandy REFUSES to get on an airplane so they'll have to drive to FL to board the ship. They will be leaving this Friday. Sandy's birthday and her sister's birthday are one day apart so they will be celebrating their birthdays together on the ship next week :)
As I mentioned earlier, I had my first appointment with the oncologist last week. It went all right, although we are waiting to clear up some things regarding the pathology report about my lymph nodes. There was also a test on my breast tissue that came back as being 'inconclusive' so it will be sent to the Mayo Clinic for additional testing. I'm looking at between 4 & 6 months of chemotherapy and possibly radiation. The oncologist ordered several tests so my next week is packed full of appointments. (Um, guess my unpacking plan has changed!)
Next Monday I will have a bone scan, echo-cardiogram and EKG. Tuesday my plastic surgeon will begin the first of several saline injections into my expanders (part of the reconstruction, you know). Wednesday I get a day off - yay! Thursday is the appointment I dread the very most...the med-port placement. Yuk! I keep thinking about that being put under my skin near my collarbone and I'm just grossed out! (The oncologist made sure I knew it would be visible because he said I am so thin...oh great...glad 'sweater weather' is just about here!) Hmm, then I think about the alternative of being stuck with a needle *every single time* I have chemo and I warm up a little to the whole port idea! LOL (I'm such a BIG baby about needles...oh, how I HATE needles...you'd never have to worry about me becoming a junkie or anything!) I have Friday and the rest of the weekend to get my bearings before I have to have more bloodwork done and return to see the oncologist again.
Remember how I've really been struggling with the hair loss thing? Well, I have to tell you what happened over the weekend. Oh, it's AWESOME!!! My dad's sister is a breast cancer survivor. Aunt Pat had several wigs made when she lost her hair. Five, to be exact. SHE GAVE THEM TO ME! Yup, all five of 'em. Can you believe that?! They're all really cute styles. Only one won't work for me. Now, no offense to any of you auburn haired people out there - my husband is just not a fan of auburn hair. Bobby is pretty easygoing about everything else in life - but he's quite vocal about his dislike for that hair color - it cracks me up, really! It's almost like he's a little boy complaining about hating a certain vegetable or something! LOL So, as you may have guessed, that's the reason one of the wigs won't work for me :)
Now, I was also concerned about the whole possible eyebrow/eyelash loss. It may happen and it may not. I was talking to Bobby's Aunt Pam at church on Sunday (you know, the one who does my hair) and we were discussing all of that. She told me, 'Honey, don't worry about any of that. We'll just tattoo your brows on and get ya fixed up with fake lashes.' Pam went on to tell me that most of the girls who work at the salon wear fake lashes - ooh, guess it's 'in vogue'! ha ha I had completely forgotten that Pam is licensed to do permanent make-up! Her own brows are done and so are my mother-in-law's brows/lips. DUH! So honestly, I'm feeling like I can better face the future knowing I've got several options, ya know. Tell me...do any of you out there have any permanent make-up tattooed on? Do you like it? Have you had any problems?
My dear sister has been helping me out SO MUCH! We're packing & packing & packing. I'm actually not quite sure what I'd do without Lisa :) The days leading up to this weekend's move are passing quickly. Like vaporizing before my very eyes! So much to do and such a limited amount of time - oh well, I have confidence we'll get everything handled just fine. You don't *know* my sister...she's been 'encouraging' me to part with things around here, let's put it like that! ha ha ha She'll say to me, 'aw, you don't really want that, do ya?' I have to chuckle! I tease her that *I'm* coming to her house when I'm better - watch out, Lis!
Hope you're all enjoying a good week! I'm keeping busy but life sure is good and has gotten so much better :)