Saturday, 29 October 2011

Hair returns...

So now my hair has started growing back, which is good as the weather is getting warmer and the wig becoming quite uncomfortabe. But, not only is the hair on my head growing, but it is everywhere else too.

My days of the brazilian are done. Slowly but surely my eyebrows are returning to where they should be. Even my eyelashes are on the way back. I noticed the latter last week when I was lying down for the final radiotherapy session and my glasses must have slipped back as my eyelashes brushed against the glass. A very exciting moment!

However, not so exciting is the return of those chin hairs! Wouldn't you think all those chemicals and the radioactivity would have permanently removed the unwanted? Aren't these things closely aligned with cancer cells? Shouldn't they be? Alas, no. Not only chin hair, but full facial hair! A Downey kind of stuff -a bit like a baby has all over its body. I was speaking to MynewbestfriendLee   and she assured me it was "normal" and under no circumstances am I to wax it! Apparently it will just go away (yeah, right)! So now I am feeling that I am helping to prove Darwin's theory of Evolution. It just looks like I haven't evolved quite as far as others!

Speaking of chin hairs, have you noticed that there appears to be a direct correlation between the growth of these and the occurrence of diminishing eyesight? So we don't even notice the chin hairs until we move out of denial about our eyesight (these new light bulbs aren't as bright as the old ones, are they?!) and get glasses! At which point you realise you have been walking around looking like this for months, and then wonder if anyone else has noticed, because you sure didn't! Just another one of life's little jokes!

Well, must away and do some shaving, (the hair on my legs, that never actually went away, just slowed a bit, is now back with a vengeance) waxing (but not the face!) and general depilatory methods to do my utmost to diprove Darwin's theory of evolution! Or at least to demonstrate that I have evolved. Truly I have!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Who stole my hair?

Because it suits me, I often do night duty at work. Because of the nights it falls (weekends) I am often working with Colleen, a regular night dutyer for the past 25+years. Throughout this year she has been "keeping an eye on me" to make sure I don't fall  in a heap at work. If someone (ie a patient) has a cough or sniffle I am banned from entering the room. Consequently, there have been a few shifts over the months where Colleen has ended up with more than the 50% workload. Thank you Colleen!

Also at work, it seems there is a fault in the airconditioning, as at various times of the night (and indeed day) it becomes realy hot and I feel all sweaty, and red in the face and generally flushed. It's not just me who has noticed this, as there are other colleagues (similar age) who have also noticed this air conditioning malfunction. Maybe one of us should report it! When it gets hot like this, one of the best ways to cool down is to remove my wig - always helps.

Working at the computer one night, the air conditioning started playing up again. So, without even thinking, I took off my hair and threw it nonchalently onto the desk. When I got up to do some real work an hour later, I couldn't find my wig!

"Where's my hair? What did I do with it?" (Due to my scrambled brain of late, I always question myself first). This questioning quickly moved to "Who stole my hair?" Everyone pleaded innocence and then I remembered that Colleen had been in for a few hours but had then gone home. SHE HAD STOLEN MY HAIR! Now I just had to find it....

Could rule out 3 rooms (infections, coughs etc) so that just left 10 to check. Susan suggested I try Room 4. "But there isn't anyone in room 4" says I. 

Of course! Room 4! We had been doing Basic Life Support drills.

I walked in and thought I'd died! But then I realised, it wasn't me, just my hair!

What Colleen doesn't realise, is that one day my brain will return,and I will be able to think of a good payback. She doesn't know how, or when, or what.  (Neither do I actually). So she'll just have to sweat on it for a bit longer!!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011


Mammograms  (x2) - check.
Ultrasounds (x3) - check.
X-rays (x6) - check.
Biopsies (x2) - check.
Surgery (x3) - check.
Chemotherapy (x16) - check.
Radiotherapy (x25) - check.

Now what am I going to do????

Maybe a holiday!?

Rowing the Brisbane River

A few weeks ago we were afforded a window of opportunity to go up to Brisbane to visit Rob. The window involved leaving after Dan & I finished work, (about 8am Saturday morning) and getting back Sunday evening for work/school Monday. So that's what we did!

                                                                                       Beautiful day by the Brisbane river.
Dan shottied the drivers seat, (still working towards the 120 hours he needs to go for his licence), Andy the navigator's, which left Jimmi and I to the back for a sleep. All went well until our lunch stop in Ballina. I bought some drinks then dropped them all over the shopping centre floor! Yes, they were in glass bottles. Yes, they smashed everywhere. I guess the lesson here is don't carry glass around busy shopping centres when you haven't slept for 24 hours! I left the boys to supervise the cleanup while I went back to the car to put the other stuff I'd bought away and on opening the boot realized my bag, that I had packed for the weekend, was not there! Nope. It was still in my bedroom, all packed ready to go but it didn't make it to the car!  So, a quick trip back to the shop for knickers and toothbrush. As we were staying with Judi, I figured she'd take care of anything else I needed!

Mid afternoon arrived at Judi's where we met up with Rob and various other family members for a barbeque - including Seamus who had just returned from an 18 month stint in Ireland. Great to catch up with everyone. Dan opted to stay at college with Robert that night - thought he'd suss out the scene!

                                              Disembarking at the end of the race.

Sunday we went to watch Rob in a rowing competition. That was the real reason we went up. He has joined a rowing team from his college and the inter college races were on. It was a beautiful day and we had a very relaxing time watching the rowing and the antics of the Uni students! Not a lot has changed over the years!

Followed this with a quick trip into the city to get Jimmi a saxophone and then the drive home. Dan got some more driving hours, and Andy a speeding fine! Very nice weekend,-  a bit rushed, but good to know it is doable.

                                                           Jimmi & his Sax