Sunday, October 12, 2014

Effects of radiaton

Here are the things I'm eating these days:

  • Granola
  • Yogurt
  • Popcorn (NOT the microwave kind)
  • Clementines
  • Apples with Jif peanut butter
  • Bread with Jif peanut butter (only the kind of whole wheat bread that my mom buys)
  • Sometimes chips and salsa, although thinking of it right now makes me feel a little sick.
  • Ice cream
This is one of the effects of radiation.  Anytime I'm hungry--or feeling the mild sickness that makes me suspect I'm hungry--I go into the kitchen and wander around to learn what's edible at that point.  It's fortunate that the things I'll eat give me a fairly decent diet. That's not a choice--just luck.

And yesterday the left side of my head had become one huge swirling tangle.  I intentionally and aggressively combed out that tangle, and here's what happened:
Notice that there are two 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper here.

Hair is falling out all the time, so I carry a Rubbermaid container around to places where I sit.  The only reason I care about my hair is that I'm having an important meeting on Oct. 21.  But I'm meeting with nice people, so I suspect they'll realize that there's nothing I can do about this.

When the radiation ends and my body starts recovering, I'm going to cut off all my hair.  And eat all the favorite foods that my body currently is rejecting.


  1. Your hair will look great in a pixie cut. Also, can't wait to see you and Maybelle getting those cinnamon rolls again 😊

    1. Yes, pixie cut! And we'll see when cinnamon rolls are appealing to me.

  2. I can only imagine how disconcerting and weird it must be to lose your hair, but I definitely don't imagine that your eyes are still joyful and your face radiant with intelligence and humor. Sending love from the west coast, Alison!

    1. I should have said "I don't imagine but I KNOW that your eyes are still joyful..."

    2. I got it, Elizabeth! Sometimes I don't care about the loss of hair, and sometimes I resistance works pretty well by tossing a bandana onto my head.