Friday, November 7, 2008

Chemo 2, Day 16

Life this week has been good. If I didn't look in the mirror and see my shaved head, I'd never know that I had cancer. I feel almost normal! Well, except for the nausea reactions to smells and odors and fatigue. :-)

I've had a few nights of not being able to turn the brain off - thinking about the next chemo. We had a fairly good experience last time so I have no idea why it's coming up at night.

I do notice that now that I am taking 20 mg of Melatonin, I toss and turn for 3 hours. I've seen 1:15 am on the clock more times than I want. One would think that a higher dose (3 mg is normal) would make me sleepy. It did the first two nights.

My hair is still sticking around - I'm not 100% bald. Quite a few strands fall out when I shampoo or run my hands through it. I got tired of this and last Saturday I removed those slow moving hair strands with duct tape. Yep, that's right. Duct tape. I have alot of white hair. In fact, some have grown! Go figure. I'm thinking I should dye it . . .maybe bright pink?

I continue to struggle with what to wear on the head for work. I like hats but they are too hot to wear at work. I feel like an old cancer patient with scarves that are tied behind the head. And I'm a clutz as to doing some fancy work on tying them any other way. I have found a lady who makes pre-tied scarves and bandanas. I wear this one the most. In fact, she made some larger ones for my large head. I highly recommend Mary Ann at CJ Hats!

Hope you have a great weekend!


  1. Duct tape to pull your hair out?? Now Renee, what do you think you're doing? Actually, I guess that's pretty creative! Very funny too!! =0)

    When's your next chemo treatment? You've had 2 already, right?

    Praying for you!
    love you!

  2. I'm counting the days till I head over that way. I'm so excited, I cannot wait. I am going to email Christy some more menu ideas tonight, and then you and her can discuss them. Wednesday, her and I will be finalizing up the menu, shopping list, spices, pots, pans, etc, and be heading your way Friday morning!

    I personally think you should do some kind of orange and green for the fall colors outside for your remaining hair. I mean, afterall, it is almost Thanksgiving! Can you believe it?!

  3. Hi Kim!
    Chemo is this Thursday beginning at 10:30 am. Three of four!

    Miss Laura,
    I look forward to seeing you and your 'little' one. I sooooo appreciate you driving 5-6 hours to come to this side of the state to make us meals. Blessings upon you and your family, girl!

    Love you both!!


  4. Thanks for letting me know when your Chemo is Renee. I sure will be praying for you from Thur. on.

    Love you!