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Health Update, Trader Joes, Anti-Theft Forsythia & Bleeding Lambs

Today was my every 3rd month checkup with my Oncologist, Dr. M.  I showed up, cringed at the familiar smell of the building (it smells like plastic band-aids), said hello to my ladies who always greet me and freak out over the amount of hair I now have. They couldn’t understand why I would cover it up with a hat.  I told them baldness made me lazy and I didn’t want to do my hair today.  So they turned their freak-out to my nails.  I love them.
I filled out my forms, looked around and everyone I saw was over 75.  Then, a young guy walked in, younger than me.  I overheard the front desk ladies ask how he was.  He told them the treatment is making him sleep his life away.  My heart sank for him.  Our eyes met and I gave him a knowing smile.
My name was called.  My favorite nurse weighed me, took my blood pressure and temp.  She let me keep my boots on when she weighed me–another reason why she is my favorite.  I hate taking my shoes off to get weighed.  
Off to lab.  New lab techs.  They loved my lucky vein.  They joked at how it has a “poke here” scar and thanked me for that.  

 My nurse asked if I wanted coffee.  I said yes.  She brought me HER magazine and took MY coffee.  I thought it was weird, she just plopped it in my lap and walked out.  I look down to see Antonio Banderas staring up at me, and decided he was a fair trade for coffee.  She rushed back in and laughed at her mistake, gave me my coffee and took Antonio–probably a good thing since it was time to change into my gown.

I was happy to have my camera to keep me company.  I was so uninspired in this sterile room.  It needs a plant.  

This was only color I could find in the whole place.  Fitting for the occasion, wouldn’t you say?

This is the moment that I realized I am now one of those girls who take photos of themselves in the mirror, with the camera showing.  I told my girls not to do this often, and especially not to post a million of them on facebook.  Have you seen kids doing this with their iphones?  By photo number 212 it seems that one is very self absorbed and worse?  Snooki poses.  I don’t really know much about Snooki except that she has a bump in her hair, but from the little I know of her, I imagine she may be the cause of all those crazy “look at my body” poses I see young girls doing nowadays. At least one of the causes.  Eyyy.  Ok, off tangent..
Dr. M checked for lumps and bumps.  Her fingers lingered on one that we were already aware of, a lymph node that is staying swollen for some reason but appears very benign in an ultrasound.  We talked of removing it.  She is very confident it is nothing, but knows I have a close friend who was told this, then got hers removed and it was malignant.  She is now finishing up 12 additional chemo treatments. {Love you, KP!}  It is hard when the doctor you trust expresses high confidence that it is benign, but then follows it up with, “I can’t ever say for certain.”  
It would be a simple surgery to get it removed.  It is between my boob and my armpit-just a little FYI tidbit…can you tell I am in a sit and just type whatever mood?  Really, I have a super dirty kitchen that I don’t want to clean so I’m drawing this post out as long as possible.  Can’t say I didn’t warn you…

I told Dr. M I would think about it and get back to her.  Then off to Trader Joes I went.  It was a 65 and sunny day, I had the windows down and the radio up!  I find myself getting the same foods every week at Trader Joes.  I love that place.  I didn’t need much today since I put off grocery shopping until the end of the week and will buy a new weeks worth after the weekend.
Here are the foods in the above pic:
cheesy popcorn, peanut butter filled pretzels, tortillas, whole wheat naan, black beans, strawberry jelly, spinach, frozen mangoes, frozen very berry cherry blend, lemons, red pepper hummus, honey almond crunch cereal, whole dried cranberries, salsa, wheat crackers, raspberries, gala apples, pears, broccoli, red pepper, onion, kale, bibb lettuce blend and a bottle of water.
I also grabbed a bag of Easter Bunny Gummy Tummies at the register..I couldn’t resist knowing the smiles it would bring my girls.

See those tall limbs?  Those, my friends make me very merry happy.  They were for sale at Trader Joes and I had to have them, for they would keep me from thieving, or at least being tempted to.  They are Forsythia branches. Every spring I am so tempted when walking through the neighborhood to steal a few branches from the beautiful yellow Forsythia bushes that some of my neighbors are lucky enough to have in their yard.  I never have, but the temptation is SO there!  Now, I do not have to break the law.  Happy!
My dining room screams for some cheery spring color this time of year, and soon, those branch buds will burst open into little smiles of yellow.  Yippee!
Until then, I brought in some yellow bowls and filled them with Easter Bunny Yummy Tummies, eager to see my girls reaction…see the time?  My oldest will be home in 15 minutes!
Despite these sitting on the table, look what she goes into the kitchen and grabs–organic raspberries.  That, my friends, made me very merry happy, too! (notice her back pack is still on.  She eats snack somedays with her back pack on, and I think that is strange.)

She eventually got to the Bunny Gummy Tummies, and started to freak out.  She said “Mom, this is just WRONG!”  I had no idea what she was talking about.
But then I saw for myself…see this precious little Gummy Tummy Lamb?  Look what happens when you bite his precious little head off…
…blood.  Eww.  I was more disturbed that the color was so bright and that it might contain artificial food coloring then how it looked.  I checked the package.  It is colored with aronia juice, elderberry, apple, carrot and even curcumin! Whew.  I decided since there is curcumin in it, (and we all know those who have had cancer should be getting their curcumin in daily–no joke) I decided to have a go at that little lamb’s head.  
We tried to enjoyed our little snack, and started saying “blood” like the little guy in this video.  “Bloooood?  Bloooo-DA?  Not funny.  NOT FUNNNNY!!” Oh I love that video, love the dad’s laugh. I belly laugh every time I see it.  Love.
Twas great very merry happy fun!

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  • Practically Spent
    March 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    LOVE the picture, actually! Thanks for taking it. And your hair…..BEAUTIFUL. Of course, you were equally as beautiful without it.

  • Linda
    March 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    You are a darling girl and I love your blog.

  • Thoughts for the day
    March 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    What a great writing today and isn’t it true doctors offices really do need to make their rooms more colorful.
    Your girls are adorable and I am glad your news is wonderful. God be with you…

  • {Adventuresindinner}
    March 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    What a great day, just imagine how much you made that young guy feel seeing you healthy and putting the cancer behind you C:

  • Kimberly Barillas-Tilley
    March 9, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Well, I guess I’ll throw my “stumbled upon your blog” comment in too. However, with God, there are no accidents. I looove your attitude and outlook. It provides so much inspiration even for those of us who are not going thru what you are. Keep you chin up….people are praying for you. Although maybe we should start praying for the headless little lamb?!
    Blessings and prayers for continued good health…and for your smiles!

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I’m a newbie to your blog. I’m glad you are sharing your life w/us. We all need more laughter, more compassion and love…at least I do! I wish there was a symbol for an imagined hug.

    Laura

  • Trina
    March 9, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Amy;

    You are such a cutie-patootie. You made my day…thank you.

  • Lisa Russell
    March 9, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Wish we had a Trader Joes!! Too funny about the lamb!

  • Rene
    March 9, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Amy, Last summer a friend told me about your blog and I’ve tried to drop in whenever possible. I was diagnosed with breast cancer (stage 2) last April. I had a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation, and 8 more months of just the Herceptin chemo. I can relate to your experiences. I finish this part of my journey in 7 weeks. YEA! Thank you for sharing from your heart!!

  • The Pennington Point
    March 9, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Oh Amy, you are a treasure. Lisa~

  • Mackenzie
    March 9, 2012 at 1:16 am

    I like sweetmelbelle31, stumbled upon your blog, I think though it was from pinterest! The moment I read further on your blog about your journey, I instantly felt a connection. I myself am a cancer survivor. Hogkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 17. Our stories may be slightly different but our journey and emotions seemed to resonate with me. ESPECIALLY your trip to the doctor’s today! I had to chuckle as the memories filled my mind of the sights and smell of the cancer clinic… are they all the same?!?! Unbelievable! What a great way to describe the smell, because that is EXACTLY how it smells!
    I just want to say, I’m so happy you share your journey for others to read and follow along with you. It’s pure inspiration. Your journey is testimony to God’s goodness in the good times and the bad. Thanks for sharing!

  • Robyn
    March 9, 2012 at 12:57 am

    the update from the doctor sounds good… I can understand your needing to think about having the node removed and I don’t blame you… That little lambs head? Yeah, kinna grossed me too I have to say.. LOL…but the question is, did it taste good? If so I could probably eat it with my eyes closed.. LOL!

    Much love and many blessings to you Amy 🙂
    Robyn

  • sweetmelbelle31
    March 9, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I forget how I stumbled on your blog, but one night I did so while laying in bed, I stayed up till the wee hours of morning, reading every post in your blog, listening to the music you post, with tears running down my face. Since then I’ve continued to follow, watching you progress and getting to see how God is using you, everything you’ve gone through and are going through is for his glory, I can definitely see that! You’ve inspired me and I can only imagine how many more. Thank you!

  • Anonymous
    March 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    This made me happy, Thank you for being you….:)

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