Treatment #5 of 12 was last Thursday and everything went okay. I briefly met a new nurse named Ann before falling asleep (for 4 hours) in the treatment chair. Ann is an instant favorite, as she managed to give me all my infusions without waking me up. There is still a nationwide shortage of Adriamycin (the "Red Devil" / "Red Angel"), but Dr. Frenette's office received a shipment just in time for me. I feel better knowing that I am getting the real protocol, rather than a substitute like last time.
On the subject of the substitute protocol, you will recall me mentioning that I thought it accelerated my hair loss. Either that was true, or it was just time for it to come off. After returning from the barber shop today, I got the following reactions from the family:
Stuart - I don't think it looks that different. Is it soft and fuzzy?
Cooper (3) - You look silly (as he throws himself to the floor laughing)
Peyton (6) - (holding her hands 12 inches apart vertically) You look like a baby...only adult size
Here are a couple of my favorite pictures from the adventure:
|The Barbershop Mohawk|
|The New Me|
They say that sometimes when your hair grows back, it is drastically different than it used to be. Here are a few possibilities for your voting pleasure...let me know which one you like, and I will do my best.
|The "Owen Wilson"|
|The "Patrick Dempsey"|
|The "Commander in Chief"|
I will tell you what though, it is a lot easier to deal with all this now that I know for sure I am getting better.