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Apr 11, 2021 05:02PM
Happy belated birthday, Judy! My sister (who used to own a cottage on Big Pine before Hurricane Wilma destroyed it) warned me about near-daily torrential rains in the Keys this time of year, so we'd have to plan our walks & meals around that. She'd go with us, except she's deathly allergic to cats. On her rare trips to Chicago, she stays at a hotel in Evanston and can visit me only outdoors. I've read about the polydactyls that they're descended from the "classic" (aka "blotched" or "whorled") tabbies that first came over on the Mayflower. Bob loved Mackinac Island because of all the walking that's necessary due to cars being banned, so the walkability of Key West would be a huge plus for him (as would the indoor reading time made possible by the periods of rain--he hardly ever gets to read for pleasure these days, just CME and medical records).
Had my roots done (and 2" of split ends trimmed off, plus a bang trim) last Tues. Staying blonde for now. I get trimmed & touched up every 3 months or so (about as often as I used to get keratin treatments). My roots are more salt than pepper these days, but still dark enough overall to be somewhat visible. I have a "resistant" silky, straight white streak that we leave white, because people assume it's a highlight for which I paid a fortune. The rest of my grays are wavy-frizzy if left to dry naturally. I notice the thinning has stopped: I seem to be slowly emerging from that prolonged "telogen effluvium" (though never as copious a "fallout" as it was after my pregnancy) phase caused by letrozole. But my hair is still by no means thick. I've stopped getting keratin straightening treatments not only because of the formaldehyde released by the extreme heating, but because my scalp perspires so much at night or with exercise that the salt in the sweat dissolves the keratin so that it doesn't "take," no matter how careful I am about pinning up my hair and using sulfate-and-sodium chloride-free shampoos & conditioners.
For our 50th anniversary coming up at the end of June, our entire guest list would be fully-vaccinated by then (almost all are now, with a couple waiting on their second shots or a few days shy of the magic 2 week post-second-shot mark). The city isn't allowing parties larger than 6 per table indoors or 10 per table outdoors, but we've done multiple-table parties before, pre-pandemic. Hopefully, the limits will have been eased by then--if not, we'll just have it catered at our house (with my sis taking frequent "deck breaks" and wearing a mask indoors against the dander).
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)