Ok, nothing new to report but I did want to just check in because otherwise there's a long period of time between entries. Not that there isn't anything happening... hahaha... my goal in the New Year is to slow down somewhat so I'm not feeling constantly like I should be somewhere, doing something, finishing off a project, etc. It's gotten a little out of hand and for someone who supposedly is retired, this is crazy!
Well, yayayaya (I think)... I have now finished 8 Cycles of chemo. For the most part, I've done very well on them and have not had too many side affects other than the ongoing reaction with the bottoms of my feet. OMG but that is not something I want to have to put up with for the rest of my life!! I don't know WHY this particular chemo attacks the bottoms of my heels, I haven't heard of it doing that to anyone else, but suffice it to say, it does and it is NOT fun.
I did a very stupid thing this week. On Thursday, I thought I needed a new battery for my iPhone. Even when I had it plugged in for a couple of hours, it was not showing the battering was holding the charge. So downtown I went to the Apple store. Argh! Turns out I just had to turn it off and then back on. Just like a computer, when things start slowing down, reboot. So, since I was downtown I took advantage of it and did some Christmas shopping. For the amount of time I was down there, I didn't get much done... but I did get some done.
Well, that was probably one of the more stupid decisions I made. I KNOW that the chemo really does a number on my feet the last couple of days of the cycle. Friday was the last day. Sure enough, by the time I got home, I knew I had done a stupid thing! Last night I met Nelli and Blake for dinner at the Keg on Granville Island... and then we went to the opening of Seussical the Musical at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. It literally was around the corner from the restaurant so of course we walked (cars were already parked)... and then walked back. I knew I was going to be in trouble with pain, but by the time I got home, I also knew I didn't have to go anywhere today. HA! Not a chance could I go anywhere... I literally was in bed for 24 hours. Only got up and could drag my foot from the bedroom to the bathroom... didn't even have an appetite all day, so didn't have to go to the kitchen. Thank goodness for Toby, who came and looked after Bridget's needs... out for all her walks, etc. I did get up, finally, at about 10pm... and although my foot is still very tender, it is much better than earlier today.
Poor Bridget is also not a happy camper. She had a little surgery on her leg (not the bad leg from weeks ago) and had a lump removed. So she has stitches... and since she's obsessed with them, she has to wear the cone collar... which she hates. The good news, the biopsy came back benign (yayaya)... and the stitches will come out on Tuesday. Phew!
Oh, and I forgot to mention... it's about the mall downtown. It just goes to show how long it's been since I hang out downtown and for all I know, this is the norm everywhere. But it was news to me! Ladies... have you noticed the newest hand dryers in the public washrooms?? No more is it the paper towels or the cloth ones that forever get stuck in the roller.. or even the wall ones that blow air on your hands but you still leave the restroom with your hands wet. Now they are super dryers... where you stick your hands in... move them up and down and your hands will be dry in 12 seconds... and they are!! Soooo weird!!
Ok... that's it for now!. Time to treat myself to a cold cold Japanese mandarin orange (not the dry, yucky Chinese ones that Safeway tries to fool you with, but the original Japanese mandarin). They are like candy!! :) I love this time of the year!! :D