Tuesday, September 4, 2012


--I had an echocardiogram last week to set a baseline for chemo treatments.  The tech told me that my aorta is "pretty."

--I went to a chemo teaching session.  Doxil is a strong drug, but not as toxic as the Taxol/Cisplatin regimen that I did 2 years ago.  I am on high alert for hand-foot syndrome, symptoms of anemia, fever, and mouth sores.  It is anticipated that my hair will thin, but will not all fall out as before.

--Chemo starts on  Thursday.

--Before the chemo infusion begins, I will have surgery to put a port in place.  Yes, on the same day.  I have to check in with day surgery at 5:45 a.m.

--Today is the first day of preschool.  I just can't believe I'm not there with my little friends!  In spite of my best efforts, I feel very sad that I am missing out.

--Hubby took all of the cowboys out to the lease for the opening weekend of dove season.  In their absence, I got to have a girls' weekend with my sister and Reese the Niece!
We ate warm tortillas from Rosa's, watched girl movies, stayed in our pajamas, and played with the baby.  Goodness, I love that little girl!
--With chemo starting, I have a conundrum.  I have been putting off getting my hair done because I was anticipating losing it again.  Now that I know with a fair amount of certainty that at least some  of it will stay, I need to do something about those roots.  Unfortunately, my nurse advised me to avoid hair coloring.  The reaction of the chemicals in the dye with the poisonous chemicals in the drug may exacerbate the hair thinning.  On the other hand, it's already looking pretty neglected.  I'm hoping that there may be something natural to use in the interim to give me the color that I want without burning up whatever hair I get to keep.
--Last night while he was in the shower, Little Middle said to Hubby, "Can I shave?  It's on my bucket list!"
--Baby has already had more homework than both of his brothers combined.  For one project, he had to make a paper doll of himself.  For another, he had to cut pictures out of magazines and decorate his daily journal cover with them so he can have inspiration for writing.  Um, how much inspiration does a six-year-old need?
--Goliath has an appointment with the eye doctor this afternoon.  He has been complaining about blurred vision, especially now that school has started back up.  I will not be surprised at all if he needs glasses.  He is worried, but I think he would be adorable. 

--Adorable is not cool in the 5th grade.  5th graders also do not "play," they "hang out."  Just sayin'. 


Marilyn Dantin said...

Enjoy reading about you and your boys. Praying for you this week. My almost six year old has yet to bring home much in ways of homework. Only thing so far is the letter C to color and decorate with things that start with C. Oh and jealous I have not gotten to meet Reese yet :)

Jenna Bovermann said...

Horray for pretty aorta!! You don't know me Allyson but I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and pray for you and your family fervently. Those 3 little cowboys are so precious. I fully expect that God will keep tapping me on the shoulder to pray for you and your family.

Linda O'Leary said...

Hi, I'm a friend of your mom's. Ask your doctor if you can highlight your hair instead of all over color. The dye doesn't touch your scalp while it is processing. It might be worth a shot. We are praying for you and your family.

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