Watermelon Woman


Lost weekend
June 17, 2009, Wednesday,8:24 pm
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This past weekend was a lost one. Nausea and pains were my best friends. I tried to go back to work on Monday but had to come home. Today was much better although I still get tired very quickly.

On Tuesday, I received a very unexpected surprise gift of a quilt. Something to keep me warm during chemo. My quilter friend and co-worker suprised the heck out of me. I have had nothing but great support from co-workers. bless them one and all.

I had a lovely lunch with my sister. We had lots to catch up on and I miss seeing her more often.

It is good that figs are strong. I actually have some tiny figlets on my 2 year old tree that I planted in a pot. I saw the squirrel trotting off with one of my donut peaches. I hope it gives him a belly ache!

I haven’t been consistent with my poor plants and I’ll be lucky not to lose more than I already have. Only the weeds are happy. I hope for a clean start in the fall when I’m done with all the chemo.

We hope to take a short trip next week. I have some vacation time and it will be put to good use. A little R&R sounds delightful



2 down, 4 to go
June 12, 2009, Friday,6:34 am
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I had my second round of chemotherapy yesterday. It was mostly okay with the exception of the jumpy legs (aka restless leg syndrome or RLS) . Apparently this is caused by Benydrl so we will use something else next time. I would almost fall asleep and my legs would jump and wake me. I ended up way more tired than I needed to be.

I had a different nurse than last time which was okay but when I asked about side effects reducing after each chemo she told me that some people had an accumulative effect with the fatigue. Not what I wanted to hear at all and not what the doctor told me. Agh. I am optimistically ¬†holding on to the doctor’s version that each time is a little better. I feel fine today and will go to work now. Sunday will be the day that I expect the pains/fatigue to start. We’ll see, eh?

For those few of you that came to my site for a dose of gardening, please forgive me the lapse to garden talk. Consider this the deep, dark winter time for my garden–nothing happening except growing weeds which I’m too tired (depressed?) to go out and pull. I promise to do better in the future.



Shaved head
June 7, 2009, Sunday,4:39 pm
Filed under: health

My hair had been falling out for the past two days so this morning, I had my husband shave my head. I looked terrible with scraggily bits of hair left but I cried when it was shaved. My head is sore to the touch where the hair has fallen out.

The wig I got is too big now that I don’t have hair. (I had a lot of hair). I think that scarves are my only alternative. They are more comfortable and don’t feel as if they will fall off any second. I’m not looking forward to work tomorrow. There will be comments–not that I blame any one. Just another step in this crazy journey with cancer. sigh.



Life goes on
June 5, 2009, Friday,8:42 pm
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Tuesday I went back to work. I feel fine and wasn’t too tired at the end of the week. Co-workers were very supportive and happy that I was back. Surprised too.¬†

My hair has started to fall out. Each brush brings out ten hair from the roots. I have lots of hair which is very fine. Even after 2 days, only I can tell that there is less. I may need to wear scarves for Monday.