Do You Have Questions?

When I was growing up, my mom used to type a weekly letter every Sunday afternoon to far away family members, and I became a recipient of that letter once I left for college. These were type-written, carbon copy letters (you young’uns might not know what all that means… Google it). I, being the youngest and therefore having the best eyesight(?), received the fifth copy (thus least legible – faint and blurry). These days she doesn’t send out a letter every week anymore, but today she did – email to my siblings and myself – quite legible! She asked me two questions today, and I thought I would answer them here. Hi Mom – here are the answers to your questions!

How much of the time do you wear a cap? I wear a cap almost constantly. I have one from my sister that I especially like to wear to bed because it is soft and not too thick (it’s the red fuzzy one from the first batch of hats, Judy). I wear it to bed every night because my head gets cold if I don’t wear it. During the day around the house I almost always wear one of my many hats. I tend to wear the handmade ones (thanks Judy and Paula). Once in a while I’ll take off the hat if I’m hot or my head is itchy, but it’s rarely off for more than 20 minutes. When I go outside (which is unusual) I wear a couple different “store-bought” hats that are really nice and thick and don’t let the breeze through (thanks Tacoma friends). Today when I went to my chemo appointment I wore the Adidas hat which was effective against the wind (temperature was about 23 degrees with a wind-chill bringing it down to about 10). Then, once I was in the clinic, I switched to a knitted hat from Judy (the deep red one with the fancy stitching), because the Adidas hat is too warm for indoors.

Do you still have eyebrows? Lashes? Yes and yes. My eyelashes have thinned considerably, lower lashes more significantly than the upper lashes. My eyebrows have also thinned a bit, particularly toward the sides, but I still look fairly human. I’ll take a picture when I’m done writing. I could add eyeliner and fill in my brows with a brow pencil, but that seems like a lot of work for around the house. And when I’m going out (which is rare – today was my first trip anywhere outside the house in a week) I think I still look reasonable eye-wise, so I don’t bother. I DO put on earrings when I’m going out… another humanizing touch.

Those were Mom’s questions – What about the rest of you, my friends, do you have questions? Sometimes I’m a bit stumped about what to write, so asking me questions will give me some prompts. As you’ve seen in past posts, I don’t shy away from revealing TMI (too much information), so ask me anything 🙂

Here are some pictures for you. I took all but the really close eye close-up today. See, I’m still wearing my earrings from today’s outing.

Author: jbarnescm

Just a regular person, diagnosed with breast cancer 10/2018, making the best of things, and keeping my peeps up to date

3 thoughts on “Do You Have Questions?”

  1. I’m always glad to see your post/blog. It’s good to see your sense of humor show through your words. Honestly I can’t think of any questions. And then again, what is it you are missing the most in the season where you are low on energy and must spend time on healing? And what is it you are most grateful for?

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  2. Do you have any songs that speak to your mood/faith/spirit? During my recovery, Overcomer by Mandisa was my “fight song”, pumping me up with positive energy to face the future. In my low, “I need my mommy” moments, Blessings by Laura Story gave me the perspective I needed. Just wondering how your faith is weathering this storm. (Another good one – Praise You In This Storm, by Casting Crowns).

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