So, I was thinking about these hot flashes. I’m wondering if maybe they’re not because of the chemo specifically, but because I’m getting old and crusty. Since I have stopped using hormonal birth control, there’s nothing to mask any perimenopausal symptoms I might be having. I suppose only time will tell. Either way, I’m a hot mess and have yet one more reason to eschew the wig and rock my sexy bald head.
I had my weekly acupuncture appointment with Jason today. He put some miracle tincture (ancient Chinese secret) on my banged up knee. Bam! It’s tons better. Not 100%, but I definitely have more mobility and I’m limping far less than I was. As for the needles, he added some new points to the usual pincushion pattern: my feet, to “release the heat” causing my hot flashes (I imagined steam billowing out from my toes when he said that), the top of my head (to combat chemo brain), and my gut (for my gut – duh). Since by the time I woke up this morning, my tummy wasn’t nearly as bad as it was yesterday, I’m hoping that between Jason’s ministrations and the venti caramel macchiato I drank on my way home, I’ll be flushed out and back to normal working order
Loop – I’m thrilled that you look forward to my posts! It makes me feel great to know that you (and others) are enjoying reading my words as much as I’m enjoying writing them. I’m certainly not happy to have cancer, but I am glad to have this creative outlet to say what I want, how I want, when I want. Plus, there’s the bonus that I get to mix in my love of photography.
Miriam – you missed SATC?!?! You MUST watch it! Have you watched Girls (Lena Dunham)? Girls is like a 20-something, Brooklyn-hipster version of the, (mostly)30-something, Manhattan-glam SATC. I know you can stream SATC via Netflix, Amazon (free, I think, with Prime), and HBO (of course). And if you don’t have access to any of those, let me know and I’ll dig out my DVDs and send them to you. No excuses!
Margo – I’ll let you know how that line works out.
Original Comments from the CaringBridge Blog:
Wow Deb, I am caught up on your journey. I have to admit…I love your posts. The honesty, the humor, the fear, the truth…you rock it and kick cancer’s ass. I did it and you will too!!! As I write this post it brings tears in my eyes for so many emotions I have in memories of my own fears, success and joys. I can relate to so much in your earlier posts when you got the news months back. Thank you for reaching out to me and letting me know. I look forward to following your journey and can’t wait to read the final post that you are cancer free!!!
—Michelle Johnson, June 11, 2015
Deb, just hooked up with your journal. I keep somewhat up on your progress through phone calls with Cecilia and your postings on FB. Enjoy the pool and best of luck with your chemo treatments. Rick and I have you in our thoughts. Best to Adam and The Girl.
—Maureen Hamm, June 11, 2015
You sound a lot happier today. A good thing. Glad the knee is better. That magic tincture…..was it by any chance W KNEE 40?
—margo barbakow, June 5, 2015