The Big O Diary – Post 8

Posted in: Cancer, Random ♦ Wednesday, August 24th, 2011, 9:31 pm ♦ No Comments

August 24, 2011

My six-inch abdominal incision is healing nicely. So is the one under my right arm. The pain has been minimal and very manageable, which is nice. However, I have another issue that is much more bothersome. It is called sweating. Otherwise known as hot flashes. Major ones. Now that my uterus has been removed, I have been introduced to menopause overnight. Fun stuff. It is especially nice when I take the time to paint on my eyebrows (they are almost non-existent at this point), and then feel it coming on. Within a minute I have sweat beads on my face and all over my body. I can even feel it running down the back of my legs. So gross. I definitely need one of those little motorized fans. Or maybe a bunch of them. Kind of like reading glasses – one in every purse, car, and corner of the house.

I have asked my docs about HRT but do not know if I will be a candidate yet. I should find out later this week during my post-op appointment. Something about if my cell receptors are going to want to stimulate tumor growth or not. Definitely don’t want that. If I am not able to take it, then I am going to start researching natural remedies. Black cohosh and such. Does anyone have any experience with this that you would be willing to share? I would appreciate any insights you may have!

Since hubby had to leave the day after surgery, I have been blessed with wonderful visits from caring family and friends over the past two weeks. My mom, dad, stepmother, sister, best friend, sister-in-law, aunt and uncle have all been here to take care of me during the healing process. It has been really nice to spend time with everyone and I appreciate their willingness to hang with a hairless person who takes lots of naps and ten minutes to cross the street. Love you all!

One cruel irony – my hair is starting to grow back. I have peach fuzz all over my head. I even had to shave my legs today! Poor follicles – they don’t know what is coming and will be totally confused when they are hit with the chemo tomorrow. I am so curious to see what it looks like when it finally comes in. Will it be the same basic boring brown or will it be crazy, kinky curly blonde, black or even gray? That would be kind of fun. As long as I am reinventing myself, might as well go with a totally new ‘do, right? My sis-in-law just commented that maybe I will even want to keep it short this time around. Short (or bald) is certainly easier than maintaining 10-12 inches of thick, wavy hair. A new look for a new decade? We shall see.

Heading to the hospital early tomorrow AM for round number five. Second to last treatment – yay! Hope everyone has a great rest of the week and weekend. See you on the other side!

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