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Chemo Mug Shot

Thursday, March 24th 2011

I know what you're thinking, "Why is his right ear so damn red?" Sorry, don't have an answer for you.

So my hair finally came loose, two weeks to the day after my first chemo treatment. Pretty much right on schedule. I plucked off as much as I could so that I wouldn't clog up the shower, or shed all over the house. I think that this is a good haircut for me. If I look at myself in the mirror without my glasses on, it almost looks like I bleached my hair with a leopard spot pattern.

I was actually kindof excited when I tugged on my hair this morning and a chunk of it came out. I was told the complete hair loss was an almost certainty on my chemo regimen (R-CHOP), but I keep having to shave my face, so I felt like my hair wasn't dying. It's an interesting feeling to tug on your hair and have it just pop out.

Chemo hasn't been completely awful. After about a week, the hiccups and nausea pretty much went away. My mouth felt pretty raw for a week or so, like I had eaten a whole bunch of fresh pineapple. Oh, and I've been pretty sensitive to smells, so some food tastes weird to me. For some reason, Coke tastes bad, but root beer is really good. I had a few days where I was feeling almost 100%, but then I got some spells of sudden fatigue. I've also been having quite a bit of muscle pain, but this is all normal. With luck, I'll feel good over the next week before I go in for another day of infusion.

  

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Taken on March 24, 2011