Thursday, August 5, 2010

Working Girl and Peach Fuzz

Now it may be wishful thinking, and I might have been blinded by the light, but I think I have a halo of peach fuzz growing on top of my head.  Can it be?

So I asked The Good Witch if I could go back to work.  Yeah, I know, you think I'm crazy.  Just a shift, or maybe two.  I miss my white apron and my corkscrew.  I miss pre-shift and folding napkins.  I miss the Spanish lessons and the "86" list.  I miss my peeps.  Bad.

She said I could give it a shot, and wrote a limited release letter and faxed it to my job.  They were very happy, but not as happy as this girl.  I guess I will find out in the next day or so what night I will be scheduled.  I asked for a Wednesday or a Thursday. My best days, almost a week out from chemo day.

I am ecstatic and petrified.  It's been a little over three months since I put my apron on.  It's been a long three months.  Very long.  I don't really know if I have the stamina to do it, but I'm going to give it a try.

I need to get out of this house.  I need to work.  I need to have some sense of my old normal.  I need to see my peeps.  I need to forget for a little while each night that I am in treatment for breast cancer.

I have the three wigs now, I don't know which one I'll wear to work first.  Maybe the redhead.  She is sassy and nothing phases her.  Probably the redhead.

Wish me luck.

Don't forget, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Vallejo, is this weekend!  It will be held at St.Patrick's High School this Saturday morning, August 7, with opening ceremonies starting at 9am.  The event lasts 24 hours until Sunday morning at 9am.

This is from the website for the event:

About Relay For Life

Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are 24 hours in length; representing the reality that cancer never sleeps. By participating, you honor cancer survivors, pay tribute to the lives we've lost to the disease, and raise money to help fight cancer in your community.

Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease.

I plan on going, and will walk the Survivor's Lap at the opening of the ceremony.  I'm going back later that night, around 9 pm to see the lighting of the luminaries.  If you go, come find me and kiss me!  Better yet if you go, kiss me, then buy a luminary and put my name on it!

I have chemo in the morning.  My incision is a huge blister.  I gotta bad feeling about that.  At least though, when I went to do my labs today, the blood flowed.  Tomorrow is Taxol week 5 for me, then 7 to go.  If all goes as planned, my last chemo infusion will be Friday, September 24.

Then I'm going to swig a big fat gin martini, bite down on a serviette, and cut this port out myself with my corkscrew.

Ok not really.  The cutting part.  The redhead?  She'd probably do it.

Hey mft, you were funny today.  She called but I couldn't answer.  I text back "I'm at the lab being tortured.  Send backup.  and liquor."

She writes back "Sending good thoughts but I just drank the liquor."

Atta girl.

She's a redhead by the way.


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