The last few days have been really exhausting for me. Starting with saturday, it was Adam’s brothers wedding. It was a wonderful day/evening with scorching hot heat and lots of family and friends. I am so glad the day turned out so beautiful as I really found out how much stress goes on when the build up for a wedding takes place! Being engaged, it has kind of made me glad I am waiting for the right time to plan my wedding because I am definitely not ready for it all. Adam was the third groomsman in the bridal party and wow he looked so handsome!
Our friend Alana, was the photographer, she shares a studio with Adam and works with him on a lot of shoots. She always does a fantastic job with wedding photography and has already emailed a photo of Adam and I so I will attach it below. (check out her wonderful work at: alanablowfield.com)
The whole day of getting ready with Carla (Adam’s sister) , driving around, ceremony and reception was over 12 hours. It was a very, very long day for everyone but for me I was ready to fall asleep by 10pm. Our friend John was the DJ at the reception which came in handy because I ended up sitting with him for a while to just chill out and rest!
Sunday we didn’t get much of a sleep in although we were really tired. I drank a 2 champagnes, one red wine and one white wine at the wedding the day before and some how did not get drunk? That is bizarre for me, but ofcourse I still had a hangover! We had some VIP tickets to Good Vibration Festival, so we thought we may as well go for a little bit. We thoguht it would be smart to have a drink of Vodka & Dr.Pepper to make us feel better, before headed down at about 6:30pm. I ended up drinking about four more drinks and getting drunk. It felt so good! It had been so long since I was drunk! I got to see heaps of good friends there so I was really glad I went. We caught the train home/walked and finally got to sleep.
Once again, monday morning I didn’t get a sleep in because I had a heart scan at 10am at the hospital. Another needle, cannula tube and scan. It went a lot faster than usual thank god because all I wanted to do was go home. My heart scan came up good as well which was great news. Later in the afternoon I went to the gym with Jess. I really didn’t feel like going, but I thought I should seeing as I had ate Mcdonalds three times over the weekend – woops.. Half way through my workout I pretty much just stopped and lay down on a gym mat. I was done. Completely done. I needed my bed, and fast.
Side effects wise, I have been okay. Obviously I am exhausted as you now know, but I am also getting my usual bone and muscle aches all over. My mouth is swallen inside, ulcered and very sensitive. My finger tips from the top knuckle up over my fingertips have severe pins and needles/numbness so I guess I am suffering some kind of nerve issue now. My joints like fingers, elbows, knees and ankles have fluid retention so every time I bend them, it is really tight and feels like the area is going to pop (like if I bend over to pick something up, behind my knees is tight and feels like its going to explode – yes it hurts) ummmm my stomach is bloated, also think my face is a bit puffy. I think thats all.
My hair………. okay, so my hair has not fallen out yet for ages, probably not since 4th cycle? So I have still got lots of fluffy hair, yay! Although, I have more hair on the back of my head. From my forehead to about 1/4 way over my scalp, there is a lot less hair. So I am a bit worried because I think my hair might grow back funny. Like a grampa’s hair – you know, the bald receeding hair line with the dark back and sides? I guess like Homer Simpson kinda thing.
This is normal for hair growth patterns after chemo. I just don’t want to look like an old man really. I will be taking lots of progress photos of my hair and the way it grows back. I have researched it a lot and everyone has different ways of it returning. It starts off thin and just comes thicker and thicker as months pass. I read on a few websites about purchasing some Rosemary Essential Oil. Using a few drops of this everyday and massaging it into my scalp is supposed to stimulate healthy hair growth. So mum got me some and I use it every night before bed and sometimes when mum is over she gives me a bit of a head massage with it too. Speaking of oils before bed, I am still using Palmer’s Coco butter every night all over, but especially on my scars. I then massage Bio Oil in aswell and seriously, lately my scars are looking great. I am proud that I have kept up all my home remedies because its definitely paying off.
You may notice from the photo above that also my eyebrows and eyelashes are slowly coming back too (not the wedding photos as I normally draw my eyebrows in anyway). Oh, and saturday morning I shaved my legs for the first time since September 2010! What the hell. I am a little bit sad about that, its been such a good summer not having to wax.shave any body parts. My leg hair was literally a tiny bit of stubble so it hasn’t even grown back yet, so I think I have a bit longer to be excited about being body hairless before it starts returning!
A couple of months ago, Lisa a personal trainer at my gym recommended me to buy a product call ‘RapidLash’. She had been using it for a while and said its like a mascara serum you put on the top and bottom of your lashes and through your eyebrows every night before bed. Apparently after 8 weeks you will notice them growing thicker, longer and darker! So, I obviously went and bought this product, $65 you would hpope it works… I have been using it every night for about 4-5 weeks now and I have definitely noticed a difference! My eyelashes haven’t yet grown back where they fell out, but they are really thick and black. Also my eyebrows. So thank you Lisa and I will continue to use it forever!
So this has been a big, informative post and I hope you all enjoyed it! I will talk to you all again soon.
Have a fantastic week xo