So much for time off for good behavior! Yesterday I had my port removed exactly one week after my last infusion. Apparently, that’s not the norm judging from the comments from the nurses and docs. Fortunately my oncologist was on board and agreed there was no reason to keep it any longer. Today I meet with Radiation Oncology to set up the next course of treatment. I don’t think I get measured and tattooed today but I’m prepared just in case. Afterwards we’ll do a little shopping. It’s a rainy day so no need to rush home. Next Monday I meet with the genetics counselor. We haven’t made any travel plans for this summer since we don’t know exactly when my 6 weeks of radiation will start, but we are going to Boston for a weekend to visit our daughter and see Springsteen. That should be fun and I’m pretty sure I’ll be done with all of my cancer nonsense by then. Speaking of nonsense, did you know they don’t recommend regular screening? Or at least not for me. No PET or CT scan. So does that mean I never get to officially say I am cancer free? hmmm.. not sure how I feel about that. I’m going to address it again at my next follow up. I’ve been pretty passive and agreeable so far. That could change on a dime.
Besides having cancer full time for the last 8 months we have been doing all the normal every day household stuff and are in the process of redoing our bathroom. They start next Tuesday! That’s what I see in my mind.. that will not be the reality, but I’m pretty happy with what we’ve chosen and it’s nice to have a project. While planning this out all winter we acquired an antique clawfoot tub from the old family home. It is a monster, weighs a ton! We were planning to have it refinished but then decided to just go with a nice deep soaking tub . There is nothing I love better than a nice long soak with bubbles and a book (which is why I will never fully commit to my Kindle). Now we are faced with what to do with the tub in the garage. I’m thinking maybe filling it with flowers next year! .
Back to getting tattooed. I am pretty sure my port scar is permanent, having been cut twice in the same spot, so I’m thinking that would be a great place for a tattoo. How about this? It’s the Chinese symbol for survivor. Whatever I end up with, it won’t be a pink ribbon!