|The Boise River and the foothills of the Boise Front, 10.23.11
Often your inner four-year-old has very good ideas. Like “Let’s go outside and play!” Which we did Sunday afternoon, enjoying a lovely walk with friends along the Boise River on what seems to have been the last warm languid afternoon of autumn.
The gluttonous side of that little inner pip squeak really did me in last Thursday night. In spite of still being hooked up to a chemo ball for a 46-hour infusion I gave in to the temptation of sweet treats. Many, many sweet treats. Quite a binge really, for which I paid dearly several hours later with horrible nausea and cramping. Which did not subside easily. In fact, I finally ended up needing a three-hour infusion of fluids at the hospital Friday afternoon. Tummy’s still not quite right and any semblance of a normal sleep pattern has been shot right out the window. Sigh. I *knew* better. And yet I still couldn’t resist one more tootsie roll. (Did you know that they make them in orange and lime and other flavors now? I didn’t, so I had to try each one…)
Obviously I had grown over-confident of being able to deal with this chemo thing (really, things had been going so smoothly). Pure hubris and gluttony — the consequences have set me straight.
My ability to keep up with correspondence since Thursday has been herky-jerky, and I deeply appreciate your patience with me as I work to get back on track.
On the bright side — during the hours between 10 pm and 5:30 am Sunday night/Monday morning as I lay wide awake desperate for sleep, I visualized the floor plan for a new ceramic studio I need to build (resin production and ceramic production just doesn’t co-hab easily, I need a new work space), I designed this year’s ornament for my mah jongg crew, I started designing some new tiles, and had a crazy idea about starting a “Save the Poopers” campaign. And I’ll be darned — after I finally did fall to sleep for a couple of hours, I remembered all this when I woke up!
Speaking of “Save the Poopers”, let’s recall that the root cause of these current complications is the fact that I was diagnosed with rectal cancer in early February of this year, and going through the treatments which saved my life has become a full-time job. Or darn close.
Now let’s talk about you, and how you can avoid taking on such an onerous second job. Booty cam people, booty cam.
I had such a great note from Cheryl Bellucci the other day, and she’s kindly allowed me to share it with you:
Cheryl Bellucci here… I have to thank you. I got my colonoscopy today, mostly because of you. Oh, sure… I’m 52 years old, and I should have had my first two years ago. But I probably would have kept putting it off had you not shared your experience. So, today was my first “booty cam”!
The doctor found one polyp and no problems.
So, thank you so much for spurring me on to take care of myself! So glad you are doing well, and you always get lots of good thoughts and wishes for your continued good health from me!
I’ve had similar notes from others, and it really makes me so happy that people are being smarter about this than I was! One more note and then I’ll step off the soap box — I think that the age of your first colonoscopy really should be adjusted downwards, say 45. Maybe even 40.
1) I was told that my tumor had probably been developing for eight years. Do the math — I was diagnosed at age 49, that damn little polyp went cujo on me when I was 41!
2) Where do colo/rectal tumors come from? Polyps. When a polyp is just a little bumpy dude, it can often be snipped out during a colonoscopy procedure (as I understand it, talking purely as layperson here). What a savings of time, money and heartache!
3) That fatty red meat diet (that I was raised on and still dearly love) — huge risk factor for polyps and other gastro ills. Try to dial it back a notch, your body will thank you.
End of lecture 🙂
All right my dears, I am headed off to bed. Wish me better luck sleeping tonight because I’ve already planned out more things than I can readily accomplish…
|Lynn working on her new sculpture “At Last” during Boise Open Studios Tour, October 16, 2011