Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bring On The Voodoo

It's Thursday evening, the kids are in bed and Nick is watching the finals basketball game. Seems like a cold is passing through our house so both babes were tucked into bed with socks and Vick's Vapor rub on their feet. Nick said he remembered his mom doing the same thing for him when he was little. Nick and I have managed to avoid the cold, but we both kind of feel it coming on. My doctor is not too worried, he said he's more concerned about internal infections for me than minor viruses from the kids. Tuesday was my last day of antibiotics, and right on cue, I got a low grade fever last night and today. We still don't know where it's coming from, and are just praying there's not something lurking under my tissue expanders. I'm feeling pretty good now, but don't know what my temp is because the thermometer has walked away. Not surprising in our household. Anyway, if my fever flares up again, I may have to go back on the antibiotics as a precaution. No big deal.

This afternoon my sweet friend Aimee whisked Fisher away for a playdate and my college friend Liz came by for a surprise visit. She brought great fun toys for the kids and a "no worry" bracelet for me. Who me worry? Come on! I loved having the chance to sit with Liz on my bed and catch up on our lives of kids (ours), cancer (mine) and summer travel (hers, not mine, damn it!). Thank you Liz, I loved seeing you today. It's pretty odd that I'm still shy about my bald head, but have no problem lifting my shirt to show my non-boobs and surgery scars. I wonder what a psycho therapist would say about that. Liz didn't seem to have a problem with either.

Tomorrow I head to Scottsdale to see my beloved acupuncturist, Dr. Powell. She is so very intelligent and extremely deep. I saw her regularly when I was trying to get pregnant, and I always said that my successful pregnancies were 40% due to Nick and 60% due to her. Sorry, Nick. Upon the suggestion of Nick's mom, I am now going to see her for nutrition advise as well as acupuncture to help manage chemo side effects, especially fatigue and lowered blood counts. I know some people think it's voodoo, but I am a total believer. Dr. Powell is incredibly intuitive and nurturing. I have a feeling I'll be a bit of a crying mess the minute I sit in her office. She's just one of those kind of people. I'm lucky to have her in my life.

This weekend looks pretty busy, on our standards. The wonderful Carlo family is coming for grilled bratts Friday night, Fisher's got a playdate Saturday morning, Nick and I have an early date night Saturday eve (thanks for sitting niece Caitlin!), and Nick is golfing Father's Day morning. Monday I'm back to chemo, sigh, with Rebecca by my side. I'm praying for a re-run of last time with minor side effects. It's gonna be my last of the harsh stuff, YAY YAY YAY!!! It's a pretty huge milestone. Good for me.

I'll post notes and photos as fun occurs this weekend. We send our love to everyone who reads my blog and all the many many friends who care for us in every way possible. Thank you!

p.s. Jenny-Jane drew on my bald head today with piece of chalk. What the hell?


  1. Well at least Jenny-Jane didn't use a Sharpie sister! lol

    I just know the acupuncturist visit is going to help! Good for you doll. Enjoy a lovely, lovely weekend (can't wait to hear where you went for date night!) I will be watching for pictures and such...soak it up sweetie. I will pray that Monday is an easy one. Hugs & love to you.:)

  2. Hi Kristin,
    Just wanted you to know I completed the last of my double drug chemo on Thursday. YAY! Half way thru now. Before we know it, we will both be finished letting people put this life saving poison in us. I hope you have a great weekend.
    Mary Rhees