The worst part of chemo for me has been chemo brain. Yesterday afternoon, I went to my first IWC event this year, one of the tea/happy hours. The teas are potlucks and I made some candied almonds and pumpkin seeds using this recipe as my base. I added an additional two cups of pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and substituted cinnamon for the sugar. Unfortunately, I grabbed the directions to the hostesses house but left the candy behind. Everyone does this stuff, but I am doing it more often than not.
My understanding is that the brain fog goes away and memory returns sometime after chemo stops. I have been adding extra coconut oil to my diet and been very diligent about my eating lately. I’ve even learned to cook fish! okay, I cooked cod and both Husband and I liked it. My fish cooking is usually limited to shrimp scampi. Anyway, I claim that as a victory.
My writing has suffered I just can’t seem to settle down and write anything, I know you’ve noticed my lack of blogging but are too polite to say anything, thank you.
I have been busy doing other things though. I remade my IWC tee shirt which I will post about, because it came out pretty cute. I’m in the middle of a couple of other clothing refashions.
However, I do miss my brain, so far I misplaced my glasses for about a month! Finally, I found them in the sleeve of a tee at the bottom of my closet. I have no idea how that happened but I am glad to get them back. Lately, I have no idea where I put my wedding ring. Normally, I take it off and put it in the same place when I get home. It has diamonds on it, and I feel it’s unsanitary to make meatloaf with your rings on. It’s not good for the ring to wear it when you dig in the dirt or paint so I’ve gotten in the habit of not wearing it around the house. I can’t find it, I can remember putting it on, but I can’t remember taking it off or even when I last wore it. I miss my brain, a lot.
One of my more memorable chemo brain episodes is this one. When I wash my hands, I try to do it for the recommended 20 seconds and these days I seem to be always washing my hands. Is OCD a part of chemo brain? Anyway, I did all the steps, wet my hands first, soaped them up, scrubbed like Lady MacBeth and then started to dry them on the towel. As I reached for the towel, I realized that I hadn’t rinsed them off yet! I actually stopped, looked at my hands and had to think about what was going on. Did I tell you that I miss my brain?
I’m sure I have other stories to tell you but I can’t remember them right now.