I’m buzzing on my steroid high tonight. Since this is my second time at
the rodeo chemo, I’m sort of in the know when it comes to chemo tips and tricks. Being an experienced chemo patient was not on the bucket list, but it does have it’s perks.
Last time, it took me many, many rounds of chemo before I realized that on treatment day, I wouldn’t fall asleep until the wee hours of the morning. This was an insightful revelation: instead of spending those frustrating hours in bed tossing and turning and staring at the ceiling, I learned to embrace the energy that the steroids give me, and to make use of the time. Energy is a valuable commodity for me when I’m a chemo patient, so it is nice to have a block of time where I know I can get a lot of things done. The fact that it also comes at a time when the rest of my family is asleep practically guarantees that it will be productive time.
I had a really enjoyable day today in the Chemo Room. I was there from 10:40 to 4:45, and sat next to a really nice group of chatty ladies. Conversation was easy and light and hopeful. Since I can’t drive due to my recent surgery, I was gifted rides to and from Chemo. It made the day that much better to have such love on the bookends.
I was practically assaulted in orange all day long: you with your orange highlighters, orange juice and orange clothing. I was especially entertained by the orange-clothed folk who had to dredge their closets for old Halloween wear or not-really-seasonally-appropriate sports wear. Highly amusing for this girl, I tell you! I am easy to please!
I was gifted my orange attire, lucky-for-me, as orange is not, shall we say, a staple in this redhead’s wardrobe: shirt from my favorite stored, necklace, scarf, hat, and socks.
And here’s the orange awesomeness that I encountered today:
An orange feast:
A team of Diva’s who brought in delectable homemade orange treats that were enjoyed by all the patients in the Chemo Room. It injected a great deal of conversation and fun into the room today–everyone was caught up in the kindness of their grand and over-the-top gesture. And I did have to explain why–on December 16th–everything was orange. Several times.
Baby Sister gave me a whole bag of hand blown glass Christmas ornaments that she made this month. They were gorgeous, and she called the collection “Happy Thought Bubbles”. Don’t they look happy?
So, as I gave away
ornaments happy thought bubbles to every. single. patient. in the Chemo Room today, this became the scene overhead:
Happy Thoughts were literally bumping up agains the IV bags of drugs at the top of our poles. How’s that for some good chemo mojo?
This girl felt really, really loved today. And that’s a great thing to feel on any day, but especially on Chemo Day. Thank you; big or small, all of your efforts build to a crescendo that is overwhelmingly awesome to experience.
Thank you for giving me the encouragement to continue to Do Today Well.