August 25, 2017
Dear Family and Friends,
I cannot believe that this is the 20th Edition of The Anchor! I hope that you enjoy reading my posts and much as I enjoy writing them! Please pass along my blog address if you know of someone that would benefit from reading my blog. Also, please feel free to give them my email address.
While getting ready for work on Monday, I was curling the few eyelashes I had left and my hand slipped and my eyelash curler pulled out all of my remaining eyelashes! It was a very traumatic experience for me because they have been falling out one by one, not all at the same time! I probably shouldn’t have been using the eyelash curler in the first place… I immediately started crying and my husband asked what was wrong and Maverick, the lab, started shaking because he knew I was upset. I knew that I would eventually lose all of my eyelashes, I just didn’t want it to happen that way. With the few remaining eyelashes on my other eye, I am not curling them or applying mascara anymore. I bought magnetic eyelashes to try, but you have to have eyelashes for them to stick to. Also, they are very hard to put on properly even if you do have a few eyelashes. I may look into getting a pair of false eyelashes, I was told by Kitsa, the “garment” maker, that Ardell makes good false eyelashes. I may try those. My oncologist does not want me to go to a lash salon since I am receiving chemo. I still apply eyeshadow and eyeliner.
As you know, Houston is bracing for Harvey. My husband and I are pretty well stocked with water and food.
On Thursday, my mom sent me a link regarding appointments at MDA and if appointments were going to be canceled due to Harvey. MDA said that all appointments would remain scheduled for Friday. The song “Let it Be” sung by another band started playing on my XM Radio, which chooses songs randomly, after my mom send me the link for MDA. GG (Grandma Mary) is really looking out for me and telling me to “let it be and not worry!”. Thank you GG! My friend’s mother-in-law calls that God’s winks!
Today I went to MDA. I did blood work at 6:30 A.M., met with the oncologist, and had chemotherapy at 9:20. Chemotherapy took about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. That time included the preparation of medications, treatment, and cleaning my port. I slept the whole time, I was so tired. This week I decided to try the Neulasta Onpro Kit instead of receiving the shot tomorrow (I didn’t want TW and I to have to worry about driving in high water to get to MDA). The medicine helps boost my immune system. The device is prefilled and applied to my arm. It will deliver my medicine 27 hours after it is applied. A small needle will inject the medicine under my skin. When it is complete my husband will take the device off of my arm.
We celebrated chemotherapy #14 by eating a traditional banana split for National Banana Split Day! My Chemo Anchors this week were MW and TW. I am very appreciative that they took me to receive my treatment! My husband joined us for dessert.
Anchored in HOPE,