Monday [Radiation Therapy – Day 24]:
7:00am-8:45am Drive from Home to RTher
[Yes, it took me one hour and 45 minutes to get to RTher this morning. Yes, the streets were wet. Three accidents happened along my route After I left my house. No, this is not reasonable. Yes, this is the worst traffic has been in this recent series of 3 storms coming through Southern Cali.
And no, that image above isn’t from this past weekend’s storms, but it is of a storm track in the right part of the country, so I’m using it. You must know by now how much I like my graphics and reference treasure hunts, no?]
8:45am-10:15am RTher, Appt with ROnc
[Yes, those two things took me an hour and a half today, but since I was late I did not feel like I could hurry anybody else up – I may sometimes be a bitch, but I try not to be unreasonable (they are Not the same thing). I had PTher scheduled for 9:00am-10:00am this morning, but when I figured out I wouldn’t be getting to my first appt of the morning Anywhere near on time, I called and cancelled my PTher, asking them to change it to Wednesday. Thankfully, they were willing and able to move another patient (thank you for your flexibility, whoever you are) and get me in on Wed at 9:00am. I haven’t seen my PTher in two weeks now, and if I couldn’t see her this week, my next appt with her is Wednesday December 19th – two weeks from now – which would have been four weeks between visits with her. Now, I would have figured something out, or made alternate plans for treatment somehow, but since I am having swelling issues, it’s nice that I Don’t Have to figure my way around that. :)]
10:15am-10:30am Drive to Work
[With 1 stop to put gas in the car]
[I’m back to shorties to make up that 1-1/2 hrs work time I’m down on “first thing” Monday morning.
Headed over to my nearest Joann’s (found out this store is closing January 24, 2013 – I’m not so happy about this – it was, well still is, but not for very much longer, a close stop for lunch-time craft supplies shopping) to pick up some materials for decorating my teeny tiny punkins (two of them, ‘cuz one got taken home with the intention of being decorated and never made it back to my ledge at work, but magically another one showed up there to take its place!) to help them transition from Halloween, when they first appeared, to the end-of-the-year Holidays. I may publish a separate post about that with pics and I’ll update this one with the title if I do that. Or maybe not.]
5:30pm-5:45pm Drive from Work to Acupuncture
[This is my last visit with Mo, who I really like! 😦 She has finished her internship now and is headed on to study for her licensing exam at the end of February. It takes a month or so for results to come back and then a couple weeks for licenses to arrive, so the earliest I could have her again would be sometime next April. She did say she likes her supervising doctor at our facility and might explore working with him when she gets her license so she may be back where it’s very convenient to me. She has my email and says she’ll keep me updated on that plan, and I have her email so I can bug her about it if she doesn’t! And I’m sure whoever else I get for my last Acupuncture treatment of the year in two weeks will be good too.]
7:00pm-8:05pm Drive from Acupuncture to Home
[With 2 stops: 1 at the pharmacy to drop off my new Rx for pain meds (babe-seems-to-think-I-am-an-addict – otherwise known as my ROnc – actually refilled my pain meds today. Maybe she realized I’m still taking the same amount as I have been the last two weeks to manage my pain and not more, and maybe this was part of her conversation with my RSurg last week. In any case, she gave me twice as much this time as last time, so I don’t have to have this conversation again with her next week or the week after. Thank the Goddess for small favors.) and 1 stop to pick up dinner for me & Hubby (no officer, that wasn’t me texting while driving – thank you Siri): two patty melts and an order of fries to share from Everest!]
Tuesday [Radiation Therapy – Day 25]:
7:10am-8:05am Drive from Home to RTher
8:10am-8:25am RTher, Post-RTher ablutions (otherwise known in my world as boob-gooping)
8:25am-8:35am Drive from RTher to Work
[One of the things that has (temporarily) gone by the wayside is bringing breffast & lunch to work with me – are you reading this post, have you seen my life lately? – but the clothes are getting a tad snug (‘course that could be the monthly tide business – things crested this past Sunday) and it’s just good practice to eat clean, so headed off to Whole Foods for a salad bar lunch, with some organic (WA state, but you can’t have everything; where would you put it?) Ambrosia apples (didn’t get any in Oak Glen this year, so picked up a couple), and organic Bartlett pears (just because they were there and I could), plus 4 more bags of cranberries for more cranberry sauce before I can’t find them anymore.]
5:30pm-6:45pm Drive from Work to Home
[With 1 stop to pick up pain meds]
Wednesday [Radiation Therapy – Day 26]:
7:00am-8:15am Drive from Home to RTher
8:30am-9:00am Killing time between RTher and PTher
[Walked down to the end of the block to the Local 80 of a major entertainment union – there’s a locational bread crumb if it makes any sense to you – to get myself a coffee since traffic this morning wouldn’t nearly let me stop on the way in to get one, and discovered that a one long block walk decided to make my legs tired. Not liking that at all! Struggling between trying to get some exercise to limit how much this all takes out of me before it’s over, and saving what energy I do have to do what needs doing.]
10:00am-10:45am Drive from PTher to Egg Plantation
[Because, goddamn it, I was finally going to have my pancakes! Of course there was plenty of protein first. The eggs I had were so fresh and the yolks such a beautiful rich orangey color I had to ask my server where the place got their eggs from. They looked so much like the eggs I get two canyons over from my house, I just knew they had to be some local, non-industrial place and sure enough the restaurant gets their eggs from a cage-free farm about 8 miles away (a different place than I get them, but same situation).
Seriously, there is Nothing on this earth like eating an egg you know was still in the hen no more than 2 days ago. Just for contrast and information – most of the eggs we all find in our supermarkets are already at least 3 weeks old before we lift that carton out of the cooler – yes, it makes a big different in appearance and taste.]
11:30am-12:30pm Drive from Brunch to Home
[With 1 stop at Food for Less to pick up the apples for that 2nd tub of applesauce. Ya know, at 10 lbs of apples per tub of applesauce, things aren’t cheap here, so I figured 98c per lb of apples was doable. And I think the non-Oak-Glen applesauce will be the one going to work – let’s see if anybody notices.]
– took call from RSurg
[Really needed to talk to her before agreeing to radiation boost. Emailed her physician’s assistant last Monday asking for a call last week about this. Didn’t get one. Called PA again while at brunch this morning saying “um, running out of time here.” Got a call from RSurg this afternoon.
Doctor’s really don’t get it with patients, or maybe I’m just that different from most other people. RSurg told me that yes, this radiation therapy Could create a situation where I may not be able to have implants later if I decide I want them. She told me something I did not want to hear, but she gave me an unequivocal straight answer when I asked her a direct question, trusting that I can understand it and handle it.
Then she told me what else we Can do about my appearance (using other methods) to get me to, or at least closer to what I (may) want to look like when this is all said and done, or later on in the future (since a history of breast cancer is sort of a get-insurance-to-pay-for-boob-surgery-forever card).
I wish more doctors would understand the “if you want me to listen to you, then you have to really listen to me first, and answer my damn questions” thing.
My RSurg actually made me a little more scared than I was before our talk about the damage this treatment that I need can do to my body, and at the same time reinforced my belief that she’ll be there to work with me to get me over/through/past it, and still be the me I want to be when I do.]
– called ROnc to tell her I would be doing the boost radiation next week
– called Mom to tell her RSurg had finally called me back (PA had passed on my request for a call to RSurg, but had not followed up to make sure the call had been made, and took responsibility for the delay in the call happening – she’s pretty damn awesome actually, so they get a pass on this one)
– waited downstairs for Hubby to get home from work
[Turns out Hubby had this kinda crazy idea – that we go out to dinner. You see, he got home around 4:30ish (yeah, I know, blue-hair territory, but remember, I’m going to bed at blue-hair time these days, so what the hell, huh?) and figured though we sometimes go out on weekends, it’s usually brunch (okay, if you haven’t figured out I’ve got a serious thing about breakfast food, please stop reading here and don’t come back, you’re too stupid to be here, thank you) and maybe today it could be dinner for a change.
So we could sit for a few minutes for him to shift his thoughts from work to evening, and we could go out, have a mellow sit-down dinner (not necessarily fancy or expensive, just someplace we get dinner on a plate instead of in a paper bag), and be home by like 7pm, plenty of time for me to call the parents, do evening boob-gooping, take my evening pharma-cocktail and still make my blue-hair bedtime…cool!
We ended up at this place we’d never been to in 8 years of living in this valley: Margaritas. Damn, why’d we wait so long to try this place?! Just the highlights – very nice Tequila selection for a restaurant in a strip-mall (but that happens a lot in my valley – strip malls and restaurants therein) – custom-made margaritas by bartender/owner (we figured out the bartender had to be the owner about halfway through dinner) – wonderful delicate flavors in Every dish (nothing heavy or overpowering) – someone in the kitchen Really Loves shrimp (they were, and I don’t use this term lightly, seasoned and grilled to perfection). Plus, I think we were the only people in the place who didn’t know everybody else in the place, but that will change. We’ll be back, so eventually we’ll know everybody else too.]
– talked to “Dana” (my friend from radiation) on the phone for over an hour!
[It was Really nice to get more than a few minutes with her. We could share a bit about our particular situations, which we hadn’t actually done at the treatment center – that’s kinda not something you really get into in the few minutes of gooping, or the “you’re finished for the day and now it’s my turn to lay down on the table” passing in the hallway that happens.
I was sad to hear her details (not going to share what they are, they’re not mine to share) – they scare me more than my own details. All I can do is love her (yes, we just met, we’ve had essentially a couple of hours of actual time together and I love this woman – sometimes in life you meet someone you just click with automagically and instantly – she is one of those people for me and I think she feels the same about me) and keep her company on her journey as she will walk with me on mine, wherever those journeys go.]
– 11:00pm bedtime (I know, not precisely blue-hair territory)
[When we got home from dinner, I had that pleasant slight-food-coma thing going, figuring I’d slide right into a decent bedtime. But after talking to “Dana,” I was wired. From excitement about sharing with someone who Really Gets It, worry about her details? Not sure why, but it took 2 Benadryls tonight (usually only takes 1) to get me to dreamland – that’s gonna make for a rough morning.]
Thursday (Radiation Therapy – Day 27):
7:15am-8:30am Drive from Home to RTher
8:30am-8:50am Wait for RTher
[Yeah, when I’m late, I lose my right to bitch at them about the time, so I was a good girl.]
9:00am-9:15am Drive from RTher to Work
[This shorty catches me up on work time this week (not including my Wed off) so I can have an hour lunch tomorrow, what Will I Do with all that time?]
5:30pm-6:30pm Drive from Work to Home
Friday (Radiation Therapy – Day 28):
7:00am-8:10am Drive from Home to RTher
[With a quick stop at Starbucks for my regular Friday “treat” – wouldn’t have been late if I hadn’t stopped for this, but I’m no longer able to stress every morning about being there perfectly on time. They take whoever’s there in order of appointment time, and they slot me in when I do arrive – this is Exactly why I took the 8am spot rather than cutting things razor-thin timewise by taking the 8:30 spot. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any Starbucks iTunes Freebies this morning so my work folks are outta luck on that this week. Again, I can’t stress about that.
Uh-oh, I think that just became Rule #4: I Can’t Stress About That.]
8:25am-8:30am Post-RTher Ablutions
8:30am-8:45am Visit with “Georgia”
8:45am-9:00am Drive from RTher to Work
5:30pm-6:30pm Drive from Work to Home
Additional Tasks Accomplished This Week:
– put gas in the car
– laid in partial supplies for more cranberry sauce (still need fresh oranges, more nutmeg and I may be low on maple sugar)
– bought more apples for a second batch of applesauce – seriously, my work colleagues can go through near an entire tub with latkes, leaving not nearly enough to be used in other recipes, eaten over yogurt and cottage cheese, etc. – so another tub is in order
– uh, yep, looks like I’ll be cooking again this weekend, hm?
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