Bruising like a peach

Last night after my mom and I got back from Macy’s I was messing around and getting ready for bed when I looked down and saw a huge bruise on the top of my hand. I don’t bruise easily, so it was really random. We both looked at it and couldn’t figure out how it could have possibly happened. Then it dawned on me. I wrap the strap of my big camera around my hand when I am out shooting, and the bruise was where the strap came across my hand. It’s not really that much pressure, but apparently enough to cause me to bruise now! What a weird side effect.

Some other weird stuff that I’m noticing after this first round of chemo is that I just have a perpetual headache right now. I never get headaches. And last night, I woke up constantly until I finally just stayed up around 5:30 am, because my hands kept falling asleep! Unless they were flat on the bed they would fall asleep in a matter of minutes and wake me up. Weird stuff!

We went in this morning at 9 and got more blood work done. WBCs are up from 1.9 to 2.2 since Thursday, and everything else, while obviously still low, was at an expected level except for my potassium, which they gave me pills for. Just as a disclaimer, we’re not worried about any of these weird things that are happening, I’m just laying them out there as an explanation of some of the weird stuff that chemo apparently does to you! Who would’ve thought??

The view from our living room window

This afternoon my mom took me over to our new apartment to see it for the first time. I’m in love. The neighborhood seems fun, and it just seems like it is going to be a great place to live. They did well! We also went up to the roof where there is a sitting area and I took this video of the view from there. So cool.

I just got off the phone with my friend Seede who is a chef in Colorado right now. We haven’t talked in a while, so it was nice catching up. I honestly haven’t gotten down about any of this stuff yet, and I have no doubt that a large part of that is due to the incredible support network that has sprung up to help me through this. Thank you all so much! Each message is a big boost and I appreciate all of you who are taking the time to reach out and say an extra prayer. It really does mean more than you know!

Also, if you have dogs or just want a funny story, my friend Rachel sent me this link. It’s hilarious and definitely worth a read!

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