Thursday, April 14, 2016

Disappearing Eyebrows

Barely There Eyebrows

One of the side effects of the chemo I am on - thinning eyebrows.  I lost my hair earlier and now the eyebrows and eyelashes are going.  One of these days I'll have to invest in an eyebrow pencil and draw them in.

I spoke with my daughter in the morning and she said she didn't have any fever (she checked), but still had some congestion.  She went to all her classes, however, and to her part-time job.  She called me when she got back to her apartment in the evening to say she was feeling a little tired, but OK otherwise.  She was going to take a nap and then, we'll video chat later in the evening.

Today, I went in for my blood tests in the morning.  I've been going there so often that the phlebotomists working there and I are on first name basis!  They are such nice, caring people.  They always take the time to ask how I am doing and today, I was given hugs by two of them!

After I came home, I spent some time working on the office assignment and exchanging emails with one of my co-workers.

I also spent a little time video chatting with one of my friends.  We correspond almost daily with emails, but it's been several weeks since I last video chatted with her.  I am always so amazed by the technology which enables us to do so.  Especially since we are in two different continents.

I had a nutritional drink in the morning for breakfast and then, ate some of the rice with chicken and vegetables that my neighbor had brought over for lunch.  A bit later, I still wanted something else, so I made myself some stewed apples.  I cooked the slices of apple in a bit of butter and sugar and then had it with a scoop of ice cream:

Stewed Apples and Ice Cream

It was almost like apple pie without the crust!

I was hungry again by 5:30 p.m., so I ate more of the rice and chicken!  Some days I am not hungry and other days I am starving!  I've just had a cup of tea and I think I'm OK.  If I get hungry again, later, I will eat a salad.  (Update:  I had a tuna sandwich.)

Was it only a week ago that I was getting ready to pick up daughter from the airport and found that the car wouldn't start?  Seems like such a lot happened in that week!  Of course daughter won't be coming home this week.  She won't be coming home next weekend, either, because she has some final papers to write and prepare for her thesis presentation.

I had phone calls from two of my friends today, both checking up on me.  One of them offered to do any grocery shopping for me this weekend.  I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again.  I am so blessed to have such thoughtful, caring friends.

Today, I am grateful for:

- Daughter seems to be on the mend again
- Video chatting with my friend
- Thoughtful, caring friends
- Hugs from the phlebotomists at the lab
- Another day with minimal side effects

How was your Thursday?


  1. So many things to be grateful for - many people would be glad of thin eyebrows [esp those with wild and wayward ones which creep like forests across their foreheads!] So glad your daughter is on the mend. Praying that you will have lots of good-eating-days when you can enjoy your food! love and blessings xx

    1. Angela, yes, definitely many things for which to be grateful! I feel so blessed. I seem to be doing well for the most part. Compared to what the other patients describe during treatment sessions, I seem to be experiencing only the mildest of side effects. I am sure it's due to all the prayers and kind thoughts.

  2. I'm glad your phlebotomists are good. Just a touch of kindness makes it so much easier. It is hard when you see changes because of the chemo, but fingers crossed they grow back perfect! x

    1. It's lovely when busy people, who have to deal with people all day, take a minute to show that you are not just another case to process.

      Yes, they'll grow back later. In the meantime, I don't have to pluck and shape, etc.!

  3. You look like you just came back from the beauty salon and had your eyebrows done :)

    How nice that the ladies taking your blood are so nice to you! But I'm quite sure you're nice to everyone as well, Bless, so it's probably well deserved. Are your arms bruised from having to have blood drawn so often?
    How nice that you were able to video chat with your friend. Sometimes I wish that I did that with my family but it's hard to get our schedules coordinated with the time difference so I end up just resorting to email... which reminds me that my mom never gave me a day and time that would work for me to call her.

    I'll bet your stewed apples were delicious! My mom used to made baked apples. She cored them and put butter and sugar in the opening and then baked them in a Pyrex dish. Yum.

    1. Thank you, Nathalie! Eyebrows and upper lip, too! :D

      My arms are OK. No bruising.

      Hope you get to chat with your mother, one of these days.

      Baked apples would be delicious, too!

      Hope you are having a lovely day.

  4. What a lovely thing to look forward to, being able to see and talk to your daughter while she's away. I know what you mean, when somebody gives you a smile and a hug it can go a long way to making you feel better can't it. The apples and ice-cream look good. I'm an ice-cream lover but Mark and the children aren't really bothered about it so I very rarely buy it. Now I want some haha. xx

    1. My daughter and I have been video chatting daily when she's away from home. It started out because she was so homesick (first time she's been away from home) and now it has become part of our daily routine.

      Hope you treat yourself some ice cream next time you go grocery shopping. :)

  5. Bless, I am so happy you are doing so well, and so proud you are blessed with wonderful family/friends..[You be sure you let them grocery shop for you, Know you said, you hate to ask for help...but remember, they care about you and want to]
    Proud daughter is on the mend. and sending best wishes for her as she finishes up her school work.
    Take care and have a great weekend.

    1. Thank you, Judy. Hope you have a lovely weekend, too.

  6. You mentioned a few posts ago that your daughter is going to look for a less expensive apartment. Does that mean she's going to stay in Berkeley after graduation and find a job there?

    1. Marylynn, actually, she has been offered a full-time job (1 year contract) upon graduation at the place where she's been working part-time during the school year. She had been planning to come back home and had looked at some jobs down here; but they all seem to require a minimum 1-2 years of full time paid work experience. So, we are looking at her staying in Berkeley for at least one more year. The offer of a job in her field, at a competitive salary, was too good an opportunity to turn down.

    2. It's a wonderful thing to see your adult children on their own and self-supporting. Especially in these times.

    3. Yes, it certainly is! Much for which to be grateful! :)


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