Saturday, July 7, 2012

Day 11 is NOT My Friend

I guess there's something to be said for knowing what to expect.  I know that days 7-11 are my "nadir" period, or the lowest point for my blood counts.  You may remember day 11 of my last round, which is when I had the nosebleed at work and they had me come in to get blood drawn.  Well, today is day 11.  Guess what happened?

Kevin's mom came up to visit for a couple of days, bringing his sister's son with her.  They headed home late this morning, and we decided to go grab something to eat.  I was starving, and we don't eat out that often, so we decided on 54th Street, which is always a favorite of my girls.  Kevin planned to go to the store afterward, and I knew that my stamina is too low and that I'd best come straight home after eating, so we took two cars.

Natalie and I climbed into my car, and before I was three blocks from home, the nose started bleeding.  I have been keeping Kleenex in the car, thank goodness.  (When you lose your hair, that includes the tiny hairs in your nose, so it tends to be drippy.  TMI?  Sorry.)  Anyway, I turned quickly into the church that we were passing by, and Kevin followed to see what was up.

I came home and told them to go without me, but he didn't want to.  I shouldn't really be in the public right now, anyway, due to germs, but I was awfully hungry.  LOL  He offered to go get something for me to eat before they went, but I didn't want to make them wait.  Finally, I told him that, if it didn't stop in five minutes, they were leaving without me and I'd eat something at home.

Four minutes later, it finally stopped.  Of course, when I lose that much blood (it was a LOT,) I get a horrible headache (way worse than my daily headache) and get completely worn out.  Still, I was hungry, so we went.  My stomach won an argument with my good sense.  I know I'm supposed to call if that happens, but I called last time and they said my blood counts were OK.  I didn't call.

We ate, it was good, and now I'm home.  What a giant pain in the ass this is going to be.  I suppose there are worse things than a bi-weekly bloody nose.  The bright side is that my hair is almost completely gone, so I can stop shedding everywhere.  I'm tired of THAT little treat, too.  I guess it's karma for all the times I griped at my dogs for shedding in the house.


Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm glad you are hungry & eating, too.

I don't see any of it as Karma though; I see it as random. But quite a bitch of random.

Bookncoffee said...

It amazes me that the days are so much the same and that you can therefore predict it. Hope you got a good meal despite the bloody nose. Well, I am sure it is no fun losing your hair. But I guess if you look on the bright side of things, there is nothing to have to style. ha. Still I know it has to be disturbing a bit. I would think the continual "coming out" of it would get on your nerves. Take care, my friend. Sending good thoughts and prayers!

Drea said...

Do you feel any cooler with less hair? Well I know that you're pretty darn COOL to start with. :) It's been so friggin' hot that maybe losing your hair temporarily can be considered a plus? (Okay, I'm an optimist..)

I hope that you'll feel infinitely better tomorrow! Love ya.

Lindie said...

Just think of what hair will grow in! Could be curly or straight. Could be another color! My niece went from silver haired and straight hair to brown curly hair.

Donna said...

Hang in there. Who needs hair anyhow, right?

Cindi said...

bless your heart...damn day 11...there I said it, maybe it will go away, or be less evil...Good to hear you're hungry! (((hugs)))

Margaret said...

Like my chemo bald husband, you will save a lot in shampoo! He blows his nose frequently and it's often bloody. We're not sure if it's from the chemo or the oxygen or both. Hang in there!! xoxo

Amy said...

girl, has being my friend taught you nothing?! " go on without me..."? Um, no. *hand to forehead* "I guess just bring me something back.....a steak and baked potato, I guess....oh, and an ice cream...."


love you, mamacita!

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee

Well, boo on Day 11 & nosebleeds. But glad you got something good to eat!! Keeping ya close to my thought and prayers allllllllllllllll the way out here in HOT Tennessee...even in the hills!! In your corner always!! Keep on, keeping' on!!