Posts made in April, 2013

My Wobbly Bicycle, 21

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Archive | 32 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 21

Monday was glorious. Finally the nausea from radiation wore itself out, the sun shone with the bright surprise that I associate only with northern Michigan. It got up to almost 60. Jerry and I raked a bit of the winter debris from our miniscule yard, shoveled the last of the snow out from under the hydrangea and azaleas, chopped up the ice underneath, and when I got tired (quickly),  I sat in a lawn chair for half an hour letting the sun blast away on my face. In the afternoon, we went downtown to see Quartet (I loved it: with Maggie Smith, and Dustin Hoffman’s debut as...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 20

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Archive | 5 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 20

Ach, just as little hairs are sprouting on my head and my eyebrows are almost visible, I’ll be starting chemo again on Tuesday! At least now I have proof that spring comes, even though the chemo will again blast away my body’s current efforts toward regeneration.  Of course that’s the idea. I feel quite a bit better. It’s been nearly three weeks since my last daily radiation. Friday I have my last internal radiation. I’ve cut down on the array of pills I take to control nausea. There are still faint whisps of it, but less every day. I feel less weak, though I wouldn’t say...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 19

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Archive | 18 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 19

April 10th, snow again, dark and heavy skies. I feel the long stretch of all this. In spite of my miraculous, sensitive oncologists, the angelic nurses and staff—still, it’s my body and I’m tired. And weary, which is different. They said the five weeks of radiation would be easier than chemo, but when all those rays landed squarely on my (delicate) digestive system, I ended up needing to take a cocktail of drugs to keep me from feeling sick all the time. I’m still taking them. Dare I post this picture of how I really feel?  Now I’m having the “internal” radiation once a week,...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 18

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Archive | 16 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 18

Yesterday morning we were in a snow-globe of lake-effect fluff, drifting all over. It was beautiful. To me these days, most things are, well, a revelation, meaning that being alive is—shall I say just great? That sounds so Panglossian. I mean it’s all okay, snow or sun, no joke.  It’s April 3. Melting snow is soaking some moisture down where it needs to be, after our dry, dry summer last year. The tart cherries should be good this year. And our two good friends, Myrna and Joan, from Traverse City got married in D.C. yesterday after 20 years living as a committed gay couple with no...

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