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Jan 14, 2020 12:15AM
Oh, Ilona, praying the surgery gets that necrotic tissue and tumor. Given the choice, I'm sure you'd have preferred "rocket science" over "brain surgery," but it is what it is and I hope that what it is turns out okay.
JCS, yay on the scans and the chemo vacay!
Actually, that "movie" ("movies," actually) was based on a very famous story by Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray." It's engendered an expression we use to compliment someone who seems not to have aged a bit, saying there must be a hideous picture hidden away in their attic.
Lori, you have barely aged at all! I remember that flip we all had in the early-to-mid '70s--when I was in law school we called it the "Farrah do" after Farrah Fawcett from the original "Charlie's Angels." I didn't own a curling iron back then, either, just a blow-dryer and round brush. Fast forward a couple of years to the '76 Winter Olympics, and everyone seemed to be sporting a "Hamill wedge" pageboy cut (tougher to maintain than it sounds unless your hair was stick-straight, which mine wasn't--it'd always wave instead of turning under). I don't have any photos of me back then, but I do have a portrait done in charcoal--I was too vain to wear my glasses, and I was still a brunette. Had my grays not started to come in yellowish & wiry, I might never have gone blonde. But blonde I've been ever since 1982!
Karen, welcome back. And Mary, time sure flies--it seemed like only yesterday when Anorable was the same age as Evelyn is now.
So where have I been? Here at home. Weather has been up & down, and I caught a cold just after getting over pertussis. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'm okay for my Feb. 7 gig at Two Way Street in Downers Grove. Flu is going around now like wildfire--and it's two strains (B Victoria and H1N1 "swine") that this year's vaccine doesn't protect against. (Although the official line is that if you had the shot, which I did, if you get one of those two strains you'll get a milder case). My niece in VA came down with the B strain. But none of the three strains are resistant to Tamiflu. So we're going to get a script to have on hand.
Also been having bad neck & shoulder pain, which I'd attributed first to my pillow, so I got one that was top-rated by Consumer Reports. Seemed to make it worse. I took Tylenol & CBD and slathered on the lidocaine at bedtime but the CBN "night serum" made my throat scratchy--probably triggered some mild reflux. (Eventually had to go downstairs and take a spritz of Indica spray tincture to fall asleep). Took a Celebrex this a.m., and was fine all day. Then after I cooked, I put on my apron and sat down to eat dinner in my recliner. Kept it on, and--owwwwch! Turns out that the "pull" from the neck loop was making me sit unnaturally. So it's back to the topicals...and one more round of the meds. Oh--and take off the apron and put on a sloppy sweatshirt over my clothes to eat. (I cannot eat anything, it seems, without wearing it).
I spent most of the week shopping, running errands, and reorganizing stuff, until the snow hit over the weekend. I'm now in size M or Chico's size 1 tops and either size 12 or Chico's size 1.5 pants. And all those new clothes are making me paranoid about getting them dirty--seems the food stains I get are the kinds that never come out completely, and my boobs catch the sauce drips before they can hit the napkin on my lap, hence the apron. I vowed I'd never turn into my mom (when she lived in FL, she and her friends used to wear these gold lamé bibs or have these chains with clips that turn napkins into bibs--drycleaning is expensive), but I now carry just such a chain in my purse and I'm not too proud to use it in public. Maybe I will try a bib at home rather than the apron. (My old chef jacket is heavy & hot).
And I've been spending a lot of time over on Quora.com--but I've just about had it with them. The questions people ask are incredibly stupid (e.g., "what kind of crystal heals fractures" or "what essential oils cure cancer") --I think that they do that on purpose due to Quora's "Partner" program. I was invited to join it, but it turns out you don't get paid to write cogent answers to questions--instead, you get paid to ask questions that will provoke people to try to answer them on pages with clickbait ads; for every click-through you get paid. Thanks but no thanks. I don't suffer fools gladly (which is why I never had the patience to teach) and I won't play the fool just to pad my purse.
And another reason I haven't been posting much is that typing is becoming a royal pain, due to my stupid MacBook "butterfly" keyboard repeating keys attt (see what I mean?) random, forcing me to keep going back and endlessly editing. I'd take it back to the Apple Store, but from what I hear, they just replace the keyboard with a refurbished one, which has the same problem. Not just that, but in order to do that I'd need to back up my computer, but I've tried two drives now, and the backup stalls on both of ttthem (oh, not again!). Sometimes it's the "r," other times the "e," but tonight it's the "t" key
So I'm going to just hit my medicine cabinet and hope I can fall asleep despite the sore neck. (I don't want to take an opioid--it'll only plug me up).
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)