Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Damn, Damn, Damn!

OK, I've tried to keep a positive attitude, even when I thought thing were positively dreadful. Jenn, Jewel and I made the trek all the way to n. Atlanta to the surgeon's office only to find that, "No, the drain needs to stay in a bit longer." Actually the curse word I used when we left the office, wasn't as nice as "damn." I want it out! But, they're suspicious that I'm retaining some fluid on the other side (and we don't even want to talk about aspirating fluid.......shiver). So, we go back Thursday. But to offset the ugliness of the drain issue, we made appointments today at Saks Fith Avenue at the hoity-toity mall, Phipps Plaza, to get make overs. My skin has changed and my color has changed as a result of the chemo. I'm more pale and my foundations just don't work right now. I don't wear a lot of make-up but I like to wear a little, and what I have now is no longer the right color for me. Jenn wanted to try a "Bobbie Brown" makeover because it's supposed to be more natural looking and not use so many chemicals. So, Thursday we're having Mother / Daughter make-overs. I was just in a pink jogging suit today .... not really nice enough wear for Saks, but Thursday I'll dig around a find something a little more fancy to wear. The make-up costs the same no matter where you buy it, so why not enjoy the hoo-doo that the fanciest place can do for ya?

I bought a new shower head for my bath the other day. It still needs to be installed. I'm sort of not looking forward to it, not because it's a hard thing to do or anything, but because I have to raise my arms for a bit to do it. That's still a bit uncomfortable.

After going to the surgeon's office, and then doing a bit of window shopping at the fancy mall, I'm done in. BUT I think walking and getting out and doing more is important to gaining my strength back.

Jenn and Eric have the History channel at their house, and while I was staying there, I loved watching "The Naked Archeologist." I miss it now. That's a fun program for someone that loves history. I like his sense of humor.

I just finished reading, "Three Cups of Tea," and highly recommend it. It's a true story about how one man is changing a piece of the world and it's a most amazing story. You can read more about it at: www.threecupsoftea.com if you are interested.

Now I'm on to a Patricia Cornwell novel. I am excited too that my son-in-law's mom and I are going to take an art class together for the next six weeks. She's much more advanced than I am, but I've always wanted to learn how to draw, so since I can ride with her and it's rather modest in cost, I'm doing it!

It's only 6 pm, but I feel tired after being so active today. It felt wonderful to see the glitz and glam of the mall for a few minutes. My world has been so very small for so long, that the opportunity to get out, if only for a few minutes, to the fancy mall (there's an Armani and Tiffany store there -- very upscale) was refreshing.

One of the ladies at the doc's office has been through treatment. I asked her today, how long it took for her hair (fine -- similar in texture to what I did have) to grow back. She said it took about 5 months before she had 1/2-inch. While I have fuzz now.....I do hope it will grow out a bit faster than her's. She had hoped it would come in thicker and curly as so many people suggested might happen, but she got her same thin, straight hair back. Jenn says that eating avocado's will make your hair shiny. As soon as I get some, I'll work on that. Right now there's way more scalp than hair.

If I was a person that drank, I'd drink something tonight! Crap on this drain!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, Damn too. I was hoping you would get the drain out too. Rats! But I am so glad you are getting out and about. What fun to get a makeover! And then to get into a drawing class. Girl you are movin' up. Can't you have someone put the new shower head on for you. It isn't hard but OUCH right now. Declare pamper privileges and let someone bless you.
Carol in San Diego

Watercolor said...

hugs. and have someone put that shower head up for you. :)

Susan said...

What a busy day! Reading between the lines, I see...

it is really okay about the drain if they don't have to aspirate anything...

will someone please come and install this shower head...

getting the History Channel would be a great gift for birthday or Christmas or just because...


Bobbie Brown makeover? Isn't that Whitney Houston's husband? I don't think I would want any part of that makeover...

It sounds like you are doing a lot of reading, that book sounds good, thanks for the recommendation. And art class! That really sounds like fun, and a free ride to boot.

Good luck with everything, drains, makeovers, art, hair, urges to drink!

Amber said...

In case you don't check your email often, I'll be back in town Friday afternoon and can come put up your new shower head then. If Friday afternoon doesn't work for you, I can come anytime Sunday (I'll be gone Saturday to an honor band with my students). Don't do it yourself - pulling stitches slows healing, which could make your drains be in longer. Take care, and NO reaching above the height of your shoulders!
Amber