Posts Tagged 'chemo'

Update: Round 2 of ICE chemo

Geraldine just underwent three intense days in Norfolk General Hospital in her second round of ICE chemotherapy.  She is feeling very tired, and has been in bed for a couple of days since that time.  As you can see by her previous post, all of her hair fell out before she went through this round of chemo.  Her appetite and energy level seem to be a bit increased this time vs. the first round. She’ll probably be up and about by the end of the week.

Her spirits are low, so it would be a good time to call, text, or leave comments here.


Chemo Sucks!

Chemo Sucks!

There is no other way of saying this, but I am officially bald. I knew that I was going to lose my hair, but I did not anticipate that it would happen so quickly. This past Saturday, my ponytail completely came out. I was really horrified and shocked at the same time. It was so much hair. I called a girlfriend of mine and cried on the phone to her. She cried with me and told me that she loved me. Thank you Courtney. The following day, I was still kind of in denial about my hair loss up until I took a shower. The warm water was really relaxing and I ran my fingers through my hair, not knowing this would be the last time that I would feel the texture of my hair touch my hands. I opened my eyes and there in my hands was the rest of my hair. Just like that, it was gone. It was nothing compared to the ponytail that had fallen out the day before, I should have been grateful just for that. It was a huge pile of hair resting in my hands, almost like a bird’s nest. I was not shocked, but sad for my loss. I stepped out of the shower and looked at myself in the mirror. I still had some very small patches of hair, enough to make me look completely foolish if I left it that way. I decided to clean it up and make me look as good as I possibly can, so I asked my father to shave my head. Its funny because I normally give him a haircut every two weeks and now the roles were reversed. I’m still getting used to my new look, but one thing is for sure, I have surrendered to accepting that my hair is gone for now, but not forever.

Update: Round 1 of ICE Chemo

Geraldine’s first round of ICE chemotherapy concluded on Friday evening, August 8. For nearly a week, she was mostly bedridden, nauseous, and extremely fatigued. As of today, she is slowly coming out of her “chemo coma” as she calls it.

A very real danger is that she may become Neutropenic, which basically means that she is “more susceptible to bacterial infections and without prompt medical attention, the condition may become life-threatening.”

It’s a shame, because just as she is feeling better and ready to get out of the house, she’s being ordered back into isolation for the weekend.

She has also been told that in two weeks or so, her hair will completely fall out. Not just a little at a time, but all at once, in clumps.  She plans on shopping for scarves this weekend, and getting her hair cut as short as she is able to to avoid the shock.  Still, this is a major blow to one’s self-esteem, and is especially hard for a beautiful woman.

We plan on documenting the haircut and the hair-loss with a video camera. It will not be easy on her, but she has refused to let her friends shave their heads in Solidarity, stating “you don’t look all that great now, you don’t need to make it worse…” hehe.