Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December is going to be a busy month!

Yes, indeed it is.  I have an appointment with Dr. Walsh at Dana Farber in Londonderry on Dec. 12th at 8:30 a.m.  Then I am meeting with Dr. Looseman in Derry at 10:30 to make a date for a new port (she's going to remind me that she suggested I leave it in a while for luck).  I'll have that surgery as soon as practical.  I have an appointment with Dr. Zhou, the radiation oncologist, in Londonderry on Dec. 19.  She has recommended I have a brain mri sometime at the end of the month.  I'll probably start chemo - carboplatin and Gemzar - in the next few weeks.  I'm going to lobby for right after Christmas but will defer to Dr. Walsh's opinion on this.  I think she'll say it's ok, it won't make that much of a difference.

And then there is Christmas...the tree is arriving today from Weirs Tree Farm in Colebrook, NH.  The plan had been to drive up there with our friends Ann and Jack, spend the night in a nice hotel and cut the tree ourselves the following day.  But when the brain mets made their appearance, I decided to just order the tree and have it shipped.  I'm sure it will be beautiful, as every tree we've had from Weirs has been.  Allison and her roommate Joe are coming Thursday evening to "deck the Halls"!

Christmas shopping has begun - mostly online from Amazon.  I love online shopping as it doesn't test my endurance and it's weather-proof!  On the other hand, a little walking around is good for me.  Yesterday I spent a couple hours actually shopping.  It was time for some holiday area rugs, a few new ornaments, and a few gifts. 

And this Friday night, we have tickets to see Mummenschanz in Boston.  This show has been around forever and a tv commercial caught Rick's eye.  So he went online, bought tickets, made dinner reservations and we have a date. 

And oh, before I forget...remember that cute wig that I got just before Thanksgiving? I told the stylist that I had a small noggin but she insisted that I measured as "average."  Well, when my hair fell out, that wig was way too big.  So I met with her again this week and I now have a completely different style...brunette, straighter, and the only choice she had for me.  Not what I really wanted but it was 40% off and she is able to return the other one.  She had a whole new line of wigs that arrived that day, but not a single small wig.  And the catalog had one - a long bob with bangs.  Ummm, nope.  I'll post a picture after I fully recover from the nasty sinus infection I've been battling for more than a week.  I'm feeling quite a bit better and I actually slept until 7 this morning.  Antibiotics rock!  Cough med with codeine rocks even more...lol!  Better living through pharmaceuticals is my new mantra!


  1. Good Morning, Michelle! So much news! You're such a rock star! That play sounds like it will be a super one and date with your favorite guy!
    It's good to hear that you've got other options to keep you doing so much better. You've got to be able to type!! Can your hairdresser dye the wig to the color you love? I'm glad you got most of your shopping done online!
    I think you're smart to let the doctor decide on when to take the chemo this time. Two weeks might just make the difference.
    Sorry you've been hit hard with that nasty sinus infection. Has it hit in your cheek area at all? That's so painful! Not fair! Hope you're even better by tonight!
    Take care,

  2. Hi Michelle,

    I have a quick question about your blog, would you mind emailing me when you get a chance?



  3. Hi Michelle always thinking about you. I can't wait to see your new do, I am sure it will look great on you as all your hair styles have.

    Sorry about the sinus infection I hope it is doing better by now. I love shopping online as well, as I can't go shopping as I used too either. I did go for a few hours yesterday but needed a lot of breaks and had to wear my brace the whole time.

    My prayers continue for you that you can hold off the chemo until after Christmas. Deb.