Archive for April, 2010

Observations for the day

April 30, 2010

cough syrup = good

men in Daisy Dukes = bad


Freckle face

April 29, 2010

One of the things about not having hair is that everything about your face stands out more.  (Side note:  Ladies on chemo — this is why you should tone down your makeup.  I wear a subtle eyeshadow, eyeliner and lipgloss only.  Everybody loves it.  Nobody realizes I have on that little makeup.)

Anyway, back to things standing out.  I’ve always been a fairly freckly girl, and yesterday my cheeks got their first taste of sun for the season.

I look like a freckle monster.

I’d post a picture to prove it, but Mom’s camera won’t turn on and mine takes pictures that look like the shroud of Turin dyed in red.

Happy early Mothers’ Day

April 28, 2010

I’m going to be on chemo for Mothers’ Day, so I decided we should celebrate a little bit early.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous, so I treated Mom to crêpes and ice cream by the lake and an hour-long boat ride.

Of course, the camera broke four pictures into the boat ride, so no visual proof until it gets fixed.  Here are some pictures I took the last time I was on this boat, though:

Happy birthday, Dad!

April 26, 2010

I can’t wait until you get your card… you’re going to love it… 😉

I miss my synagogue

April 21, 2010

I haven’t been able to attend regularly since the end of October, and it’s really getting to me.  I really miss the Shabbat services and the sense of peace they give me.  I was too ill to go to the Hanukkah services, although a friend gave me a menorah and candles so I could observe at home.  I missed Purim because I was in the hospital.  I missed Pessah and the community Seder because I was in the hospital.  And there’s not exactly a chametz-free menu there, so the whole holiday was a big, fat bust.

Just feeling a little discouraged over here.

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April 20, 2010

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Open letter to the medical community

April 14, 2010

Dear medical community,

Leave me alone!  Surgery (for the third time) was bad enough.  A month in the hospital with all the exams, shots and blood tests made it worse.  Finally getting my drain out was nice, but every-other-day outpatient bandage changes are really starting to get to me.  And having a wisdom tooth pulled Friday is going to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.



I have issues

April 11, 2010

One drain sticking out of my abdomen, four holes from intravenous lines, innumerable bruises… oh, yeah, and super curly leg hair and a stinky armpit.

Yes, you read that right.  ONE stinky armpit.  How did I manage that???

No dinner tonight

April 10, 2010

Today was gorgeous, so Mom and I decided to go to the flea market to take advantage of the sunshine.  On the way, we wanted to try an Indian restaurant that’s in my Geneva guide, but they were closed.  Right up the street, though, was a little Chinese restaurant with a 16-franc all-you-can-eat buffet — and those of you familiar with Geneva prices know what a deal that is.  I had fried rice and noodles, eggrolls, fried shrimp, fried calamari, fried chicken wings, shrimp sautéed in garlic sauce, spare ribs, Chinese beef with mushrooms and spicy Thai beef with vegetables.  The fried calamari was so much better than I expected, but when I went back for seconds, it was gone.

That’s the one thing about buffets… absolutely no portion control!

I’m so proud

April 6, 2010

Mom got pretty bored during the month I was in the hospital, so I started teaching her how to do KenKen puzzles.  Mom is not the type to relax by doing logic puzzles — in fact, I don’t think she’s ever done them before — so it took her awhile to get the hang of it.  But today she did a 4×4 and a 5×5 puzzle all by herself, with no input from me.  I’m so proud!