Minutes – March 3, 2014

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::faithful – Praying for friends who are grieving.  Praying for friends who are recovering from illnesses and surgeries.  Just praying.

::creative – Still knitting on that cap.  I’m beginning to struggle with the lace pattern.

::hearing (and watching!) –  The Oscars…the dresses are SO PRETTY!!

::pondering –  Today’s sermon at mass.  The gospel reading was from Matthew, the passage about how God provides what we need, and how we should look at how birds survive and how flowers do not worry about what they wear.  I especially liked Father’s comments about the birds. Do they just sit around being birds and wait for food to fall into their beaks?  Nope.  Birds wake up every morning, go about the business of finding food, maintaining their nests and caring for their young.  We do the same thing.  The difference between us and the birds, though, is that birds go to sleep every night without worrying about tomorrow.  They take care of what needs to be taken care of in the moment of every day, and they rejoice in the provision!

::Kill All the Cells!! – This week marks the HALFWAY POINT of my chemotherapy!!  I’m halfway through!!

Then there’s chemo brain.  They told me it would happen, but I (in my vanity) presumed it wouldn’t happen to ME. HA!!!  Thank goodness I’m a compulsive list maker and that I have a life-long habit of using a day planner.  Right now, I’m using both a paper planner AND an electronic planner.  I’ve started clipping my car keys to my purse.  I write my medication schedule on the bathroom mirror with an Expo marker.  I lost my wig cap and spent fifteen minutes looking for it. (It was on my head.) I feel asleep in the Lego Movie.  I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast this morning. I burned scrambled eggs yesterday.  Who burns scrambled eggs?  ACK!!!

::delicious

  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Whatever we are served by volunteers at the Basketball Tournament
  • After Thursday’s chemo, frozen meals from friends for the next many rough days – the boys can pick and reheat what they want

::fun – Week two of annual basketball tournament.  

::fashionable –   – Really?  It’s been a very relaxed day, so no judging – black and white cheetah print fleece pants, hot pink tee, that favorite grey cashmere hoodie, black cap.  I wore nice green dress slacks and a beige tunic sweater to church this morning.

::looking ahead –  Visiting the Chemo Bar for Round Six, the HALFWAY POINT!!!. Meetings, wrapping up a submittal, Ash Wednesday.

angela pea

11 thoughts on “Minutes – March 3, 2014

  1. You are half way already? WOW time flies. And no, not always when were having fun either.
    My friend said chemo brain is hard to deal with but knowing it doesn’t last was what made it manageable. List, notes…whatever works.
    You go girl. Take care of yourself.
    Blessings!!!

    1. Yep. I’ve been asking everyone I know who’s done chemotherapy, “When does your brain go back to normal?”. Most of them just laugh at me, as if my brain wasn’t normal to start with. 🙂 Then they tell me that it comes back quickly, like just a few weeks. The beauty of it all is that I probably won’t remember all of this later! ha ha ha!!

  2. Woohoo! Halfway point! I never heard of chemo brain. I can’t even imagine when my brain is like it is right now : /

    LOVE the outfit you described you are wearing…I am sure you looked stunning my friend lol!

    Much love and hugs….

  3. As I’m suffering from 37w pregnancy brain (got up this morning, checked the ice storm results, and called into work, telling them I couldn’t make it, only to learn I wasn’t even on the schedule!), I can only imagine and empathize with you over chemo brain.

    Glad to find you from Plain Grace!

    1. Hey! Thanks for stopping by! It’s always nice to meet new folks. And yes, chemo sort of feels like being pregnant. The morning sickness and constant tired part of being pregnant. Sadly, there isn’t a sweet baby waiting at the other end of it. However, I do get to STAY ALIVE, which is equally as sweet as a baby!

  4. I’m with Theresa – I can’t claim chemo brain. My current excuse is Menopause AND was FaceBook – till I left.
    That said – I’m so happy you are halfway through.
    I love the thought of Cheetah leggings!
    God bless you girl.
    Love & Hugs,
    Em

  5. That’s a wonderful insight about birds. You’re right — we hardly notice their habits but they are some of God’s most purposeful creatures, and therein lies their blessings!

    Whatever that chemo brain is doing to you is twice compensated by your humor and upbeat spirit 🙂

    Stay cheerful! Blessings and graces…

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