Today is exactly 18 months from my last chemotherapy treatment. I thought that there might be some folks out there who wonder what 18 months worth of post-chemo hair growth looks like, so I snapped a picture. That’s my “I have HAIR!” face. I’ve also had, if I remember correctly, 5 haircuts, not including the few times that I shaved my head post chemo to get rid of that chemo clear fuzz. Yes, my hair IS naturally curly, and yes, it was that way before chemo.
Also, check out the noob. What, you can’t tell which one it is? Mission accomplished. And speaking of the noob, while I am still not allowed to really exercise, the noob has it’s own regimen prescribed by Dr Grasee. No, the noob isn’t on the elliptical or taking a zumba class. Instead, I have to push it around twice a day. As Dr G put it, I’m supposed to shove it “north, south, east and west.” Sometimes I even sing it song while it works out, like maybe a little Matchbox 20 or Salt N Pepa. You know I’ve got a whole medley worked out of push themed tunes.
I’m sure you’re wondering why I have to exercise the noob. Well, all expander/implant reconstructions have a risk of capsular contracture. The body forms a capsule around the implant, just as it would with any foreign object, and that’s fine. But sometimes, these capsules decide to turn to a life of crime. And so they contract, and become hard and painful. When that happens, the implant has to come out, and we start over from scratch. Since I had radiation, I’m at increased risk for this. Like, there’s a 50% chance this thing might go bad on me. So, I have to exercise my noob twice a day as opposed to the standard once a day.
Mini Me finds the idea of noob exercises disturbing to say the least. But then again, Mini Me is disturbed by a lot of this, especially my willingness to show the new construction off to my girlfriends. At church a couple of weeks ago, Angie wanted to see the newpple. So, I say come on into the bathroom and I’ll show you. Mini Me started to follow me, because she hadn’t heard what I was actually doing. Unfortunately, Hubster gave her a heads-up. I think it would have been way funnier if she’d have come bopping into the restroom and then actually asked why Ang and I were in the handicapped stall together.
Last but not least, check out my cool-beyond-words necklace, sent to me by Shirley in South Africa. Is that not awesome? I have the coolest readers.