Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Today...

what a day! so much going on right now... one week from my surgery... my hubby's oldest turns 18yrs old today... and i am trying to call around for donations for my son's school program run san diego... i am stuck on an idea i have for shirts to raise melanoma awareness (just clueless on how to turn these ideas into reality)...

first off, one week from today i will be at the hospital undergoing these next procedures... a resection (wle), and a snlb.  i am scared to death... but trying not to be.  reminding myself this is to verify i am ned, and hopefully stay that way... then i have my mind that won't shut up... it keeps thinking things like: "maybe it's not just precautionary... maybe they really do see satellite... what if there is something and they choose to only moniter it?" and there is plenty more, but you get the idea.  i am trying to be optimistic, but my brain didn't seem to get the memo...

then my little man loves the run san diego program... basically, the kids run laps before school so when the bell rings they have expelled some energy and it is easier for them to focus in class... after 3 laps they earn a mile... and they selected different locations in san diego the kids can pretend they ran to (according to the miles they acquire).  that brings us to the part i am trying to coordinate... they are asking for donations from these locations as incentive for the kids... so i am calling around finding out who to forward these letters to... i am pleased to say most places are very interested in supporting the program.  but i am disappointed some places i have called were very rude asking me how their location could donate anything when they are already in financial hardship... i get this is tough times everywhere... but my thought is a brochure they already have tons of might generate business to help their establishments.  call me crazy...

plus i have ideas to promote melanoma awareness and no idea how to actualize them.  i am still waiting for a return call from a foundation i have left several messages for... i even considered making a deal with the devil (my hubby's boss) to actualize them... but i am holding off on that for now.  i am hoping for a miracle... somehow, someway to make these ideas happen... but i am getting really frustrated in the meantime.  so if any readers out there have any suggestions i would really appreciate them... or if anyone wants to financially back a melanoma awareness campaign let me know... lmao.  -can't blame a girl for trying ;)

all in all, it has been a good day so far... just alot on my mind.  as you can see by my involvement in little man's school, i like to help... i have always been this way.  it makes me happy to help... any way i can... i just need to keep reminding myself that not everyone is like-minded.  i will get it someday, until then i continue doing what i can...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Picnic...

sunday was a back to school picnic at little man's school.  it was held from 1pm - 3pm on the pe field.  and i went! of course i was sunscreened with a cover shirt, but i was outside during peak sun hours.  it was alot of fun, and all the money made goes to making the school better. there was supposed to be a kickball game, but the kids got distracted by the hula hoops they brought out instead.  i can't say enough how much i love his school...

they have a garden on the main campus for most of the school, and kindergarten has their own kinder garden on their part of campus.  they teach the kids to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  then they even have them compost lunch scraps... and my hubby is helping to get a worm bin created for the kinder garden.  its great how involved he has been, feels like he is picking up the slack where i can't.  and he keeps reassuring me that after this next surgery is complete and i have recovered i can volunteer... apparently alot of parents start off wanting to help, but few continue year round.  so that is a huge plus for me... i want to be very involved in my kids' education. at one point i had wanted to homeschool them... but as they got older i realized they already knew i was a soft touch... i didn't want them to exploit that and have their education suffer.  besides, my patience with children was alot higher before i had any...

little man is excited to learn there... it is so great to watch him be so excited for school.  i just hope he is always so excited... there is always more to learn in life.  i know recently i have been trying to learn how to get past the heliophobe stage since my diagnosis... i think what i am discovering is everyone is right by saying it just takes time... i remember thinking i knew that was probably true, but could you be more general? even though i am not completely over this stage yet i can see light at the end of the tunnel.  last weekend i even helped my hubby out working at the bay, again vigilant about sunscreen (for me, the kids, and a couple customers)... so that's 2 sundays in a row that i was outside most of the day... so much better than only leaving for needs (ie. dr, store, appt).

not everyday is a picnic... and i've been pretty depressed recently.  i've known all along that i shouldn't let my paranoia get to me, but it was... i finally feel like i am really being optimistic, not just faking it til i make it.  i have this one last surgery to tell me i am cancer free, then new and improved life to look forward to.  i've always enjoyed helping others, and doing what i can to give back... i feel like i am returning to normal just in time to feel like myself before a serious effort to do my part to raise melanoma awareness.  and maybe that is what is motivating me to feel normal again... i don't really know.  but either way i am really enjoying it...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Battle...

there are lots of things to battle... for me, today it was my princess... we had a 55 min. battle of the wills.  that girl has some lungs... oh my.  she was super tired and apparently felt it necessary to battle until she fell asleep.  i called my mom for a little guidance... when i asked "when did i stop tantrumming & fit throwing?" to which my mom replied "you tell me, have you stopped that yet?" ... gotta love family...

after her humor, mom told me to try comforting princess... not giving in, but allowing her to be upset... and trying to calm her down.  i think that lasted another 20 something minutes... princess just kept on fitting & throwing her tantrum... i summoned all the patience i could muster... and i won!!! it may have taken almost an hour, but i did it!

i also had to battle my own inner demons today... i made a choice i have to live with... doesn't mean i have to enjoy it every minute of it... but i can't let it bother me like i almost did this morning... my little man's school needed volunteers.  i didn't complete the application in time because i can't make a consistent commitment right now.  i have surgery in 2 weeks... and i'm not sure how long it will take to recover.  since my hubby has wednesday off, he volunteered for helping compost & recycle during lunch.  i think this is awesome! but part of me was SUPER jealous... i really want to volunteer, but with the young kids they need consistence... right now that isn't an option.  at first, i was really upset with my hubby... the one time he could actually watch princess so i could help at little man's school he already signed up for.  then i realized it's not his fault... i made the choice not to complete the application in time... i know i can't commit like they want right now.  all i can do is make it through his first year, get my treatment squared away, and hope to be able to do more in the future...

i feel i am truly blessed that my biggest battle today was with my 3yr old... if only that was a daily truth...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Plans...

john lennon said "life is what happens while we're busy making other plans" in the song "beautiful boy" that he wrote for his son sean.  i couldn't agree more... i always have intentions of sticking to a plan, it just seems to never work out that way...

for instance, i had a surprise derm visit today... i wasn't due back there until late next month.  but i know i have mentioned in my previous posts (i think it was scars... & anxiety...) that two of my biopsies from july healed fine at first, then about a week later started getting very DARK... i finally decided to figure out which dr to talk to about them.  i hadn't done that yet because i was pretty sure i was going to end up back at the derm's office.  i was right... the pa (physician's asst) told me it was good i went in because normally they would perform a wle if a biopsy site came back DARK like this, but since the biopsies came back as 2 compound nevus and 1 intradermal nevus we didn't need to.  i knew i didn't want to end up at the derm's office, but at least i now have the pathology report from july.  when i called this morning i was fit right in.  i had been expecting them to say they would see me next month... so when they rushed me in i felt panicky...

my son was at school, but the princess was home with me... i had 45 mins to get 1/2 hour away and no babysitter.  i called my hubby to put him on notice he might have her at work... then my folks to see if they could watch her.  it worked out better than that... my dad came and drove me & princess went to their house with nana.  that way my hubby can work without being on dad duty.  i didn't have to drive. and princess had fun.  so even if they got me feeling panicky in the begining, i am glad it's over... trying to focus on the positives... i won't have to go back to the derm's office for another 3 months and he didn't slice on me today.

the surgery is planned for oct. 5th.  i seem to be much calmer now about it being rescheduled... but that was not a good day.  it was just my luck tho.  seriously, a power outage that affected southern california, part of arizona, and some of baja (mexico) the day before/of my surgery.  then auntie d (aka back-up babysitter) has jury the day after my surgery (the new date) so she is unable to switch days off (like she can every other week).  as you can see i don't have the best of luck.  but i am working on changing that..

just hoping my october plans actually work out... i want surgery to just be over with.  and i want to know it was just precautionary.  just to show i am ned (no evidence of disease).  so even if i haven't had the best of luck i am hoping to change that... actually see this plan through.  i don't want anymore surprises...

Friday, September 16, 2011

School Song...

today was friday morning assembly at little man's school... they sang the school song.  i was glad to be there.
even if it was really off key and quiet.  i figure as the year goes on i will enjoy the assemblies and the school song more... as more of the kids remember (or learn) the words. 

i even ran laps with little man for run club.  a bunch of the other parents were looking at me like i was a crazy lady... and i thought i wouldn't get those looks until they got to know me... but it was a lot of fun.  i am learning to get past my insecurities for my kids.  i haven't been going out alot since my diagnosis... at least not during the hours of 10am - 2pm, unless i have an appointment.  both because of my recent heliophobia and because the sunscreen clogs my pores and makes me breakout like a tween during puberty... i have never really felt like a vain person... i have always been all natural... never wore make-up, never dyed my hair... never saw a need.  i guess i was just lucky as teen, never really broke out... but, now at 32yrs old, i find myself kinda wishing i knew how to apply cover-up... not really; just something, or anything to not be so self conscience...

a lot of the parents look at me, breaking out, and give truly snide looks... or let their child play with mine at the park until they realize i am my childrens' parent.  i know i used to be very judgemental, so its even harder... i know where my judgement came from, my experience... but this damn diagnosis has changed my experience.  i've developed social anxieties when i used to be a social butterfly... i have a difficult time chit chatting casually anymore. 

most of the melanoma sites i've joined or follow say the same thing... time allows the paranoia to subside... but as i've mentioned before i am not great at waiting... but i continue to work on it... hoping time really does make a difference.  and trying to not let this fear control me...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Just Curious...

i started this blog for myself more than anything... writing helps me think things through.  but i am also hoping it might help someone else down the road... i have been getting a decent amount of readers, but not alot of feedback.  do you all think i am crazy? agree with me? understand me? what? i am way too nosey to just be satisfied knowing people are reading this... i would like to know what you think...

i am trying to reach an established foundation that promotes melanoma awareness... they have a program that helps sponsor you in raising awareness in your own community.  sounds fantastic to me... i have 2 small children, so not alot of extra money to launch my own campaign.  but i have some ideas to get younger people talking about this disease, and tanning bed bans... just no outlet for them yet.  once i actually know more info on the program i will write all about it.

my husband told me last night he didn't understand why i was blogging... he went on to explain he realizes it is helping me... but am i doing anything for others? i couldn't answer... i didn't know.  but i did tell him that others might relate if they are going through similar.  that is what sparked this post... i see my numbers (of readers) are going up... but have no idea if i caught anyone's interest... i know my hubby had no intention of upsetting me with his comment, but it did... i want to help people and actually know i am making a difference, not just have an internet diary.  any feedback or suggestions is appreciated...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday...

always seems to be a busy day... was the begining of little man's 2nd week of kindergarten.  he loves it! was very upset that friday was cancelled because of the power outtage... so getting him ready was relatively easy for his daddy.  (btw- his dad has taken over getting him up and ready for school since i am not a morning person... he loves me...)  and running club began today at the school.  i wasn't positive little man would like it, but i love the idea of him running out some energy every morning so he can focus more in class.  and apparently he loved it too.  i think it helps that his teacher is the main staffer for the club... and she told him he could be her running buddy.  so i am pleased my kids are developing healthy habits early...

princess is getting used to her mama time too... not as bad about missing her brother.  she just carried around pippo her stuffed hippo (almost as big as she is) around most of the day.  she is excited to help me clean and organize her room tomorrow... let's just hope she still feels that way tomorrow. 

i felt very accomplished today... i folded mt. laundry that had invaded our loveseat.  and i cleaned the kitchen.  plus, i found a promising lead for raising melanoma awareness... i am hoping to get a chance to call and inquire about it tomorrow.  then i will look up all the specifics on actually being professional about sharing the info... for now i just wanted to mention it...

surgery was also rescheduled today... it will be wednesday october 5th.  i had chosen wed because my gf has usually that or thur off from her 2nd job... meaning, on a normal week she could just rotate her work days to help watch the kids... but that week she has jury duty.  just my luck... but she is going to watch princess til 11am, then my parents watch her the rest of the day (and pic little man up from school).  so it seems to be all working out.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Black Ribbon...

what cause do you associate with a black ribbon? chances are if you are reading this you might know it has been associated with raising melanoma awareness.  but did you know its been used to mark some major tragedies? i didn't know that until i opened my computer this morning... google has a black ribbon on its search page (which used to be my home page) to commerate 9/11.  that bothered me... it seemed like the deaths were only being remembered as simply deaths... not like the individuals lost... or the commraderie that day brought to our nation...

i am married to a die hard sports fan, especially football... so it's on in the background alot... i never thought i'd say something like this, but i think the nfl has the right idea of commerating the day with a flag ribbon...

 i think it not only captures the spirit and emotions associated with today, but focuses on something positive... just like i think the melanoma ribbon should be black, not for the people who have died because of this vicious disease, but because Melanoma (Listeni/ˌmɛləˈnmə/) is a malignant tumor of melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. (thanks wikipedia).

apparently the united states often choose black ribbons in remembrance of death... like the devastation mother nature produced with hurricane katrina... the death of celebs like princess di and heath ledger... i just think it is kind of morbid... in my family we always tried to celebrate life, similar to an irish wake, when we experienced loss.  i mean it is definetly understandable to be sad... but celebrate what you learned or accomplished or enjoyed from these things... not just the deaths.  i guess for heath ledger i kinda get it might have been in honor of his fantastic ability to play a psychopath... but the rest of those examples, it feels so morbid to focus simply on death... learn from everything, then treasure that... create a symbol of remembrance from beauty, strength, and hope... not just death.

i guess it was truly upsetting to me that google has such exposure... now many people will look at a black ribbon only remembering 9/11 deaths... not the way i would prefer to remember the black ribbon, in honor of the warriors battling or affected by this disease... because in thinking of them it goes to show their efforts in bringing awareness to this awful disease were not lost.  i'd rather focus on the inspiration they were for so many... the light of their lives, not the darkness of their deaths.

my mom is also a melanoma survivor... when she was first diagnosed i was in the middle of my "experimental phase"... i knew she was being affected by cancer, but i didn't really understand melanoma.  i, like alot of people, thought "it's just skin cancer."  after all it was happening to my mom and i was too busy trying to party to accept something so serious... in alot of ways i was like an ostrich with my head in the sand... it took me being diagnosed to realize "cancer is cancer."  and i think alot of people are using the black ribbon to try and drive that point home... i just don't want that message lost amongst the rest...

sorry if this offends anyone... it's not meant to... it's just my opinion.  and don't worry, i don't often focus on politics... i find it is usually too touchy a subject... but i hope you understand the spirit of what i was trying to say...

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Coffee...

i drank a pot of caramel coffee this morning... my house looks amazing... but i am exhausted.  i had a ton of nervous energy... i never heard anything from dr b's office on friday.  so i have no idea when surgery will be... i just hope to get it over with soon...

cleaning, for me, is usually done when i am either nervous or upset... i put that energy to good use.  this morning was also fueled by my favorite yummy caramel coffee... i will probably have a spotless, organized house by the time surgery gets rescheduled.  but i need to lay off the coffee... i made myself jittery... almost as jittery as i used to be after 3 days with no food or sleep... so i know i need to chill.  coffee should not have the same effect as street drugs... and i suppose it didn't because i actually finished my projects today.  back in the day i would have just had a bunch of half completed projects.

i still think i need to come up with better ways to energize myself.  i used to be very active, then i had kids... don't get me wrong, they keep me busy, i just don't feel as active as i used to.  i haven't been hiking, or bike riding in years... the kids are still a little too young to ride bikes on the san diego streets.  i have a link to laughter yoga i am planning to check out, but not sure if it is for me.  i am looking for something to do that i feel productive for having done, as well as, increasing my activity level... any ideas?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Cancelled...

power went out all over southern california yesterday... didn't come back on til somewhere around 3:30 am... so it was out for roughly 12 hrs.  normally that wouldn't bother me a bit... it was a long time ago, but i am from CT where weather causes power outages frequently... but today was supposed to be my surgery.  it was cancelled.  that bothers the f*** outta me... i can't say i was ready for it, but i was as ready as i will probably ever be.  keep in mind that a few weeks ago i went for this second opinion thinking i was just going to blow this off.  then he said he saw "satellite" growth... and they were going to rush me in for surgery before my son started school (which happened tuesday of this week)... they tried to schedule for the day of his kindergarten orientation, i didn't let them... i've been double guessing myself for that decision since... saving questions to ask, waiting for today... now it's just more uncertainty...

more waiting... i'm not so good with waiting... trying to be... not very succesful at it tho.  my positive lining for this is that school was cancelled... so no morning assembly to learn the school song missed!!! for today, anyway... but little man does have a rash, no good... it could be just the heat with no power combined with the chlorine from the few minutes we sat with our feet in the pool (of our apt complex) when he would not stop splashing... just checked on him soaking in tub and it seems to be going away... good news! probably was just the heat...

surgery being cancelled sucks major @$$ tho. i was ready just to get this over with.  i have been so anxious since this all started in MAY... finally started to get distracted by life... was not expecting second opinion was going to happen with my insurance... definetely wasn't expecting to hear anything about satellite growth... and who expects a 12 hr power outtage that blankets southern california? seriously... i will have the pre-surgery anxiety until i get a new surgery date scheduled... or until it's done.  i hope it's only until it's scheduled.  time will tell...

and my questions... 1) mole was biopsied, pa said complex nevi not atypical... now it's very DARK... after it had healed pale... 2) satellite- can only be confirmed via pathology, right? might not even be more melanoma... 3) when can i start taking vitamins? my nails are getting ridges in them... they haven't done that since i got sober, think i am lacking serious nutrients for this to be happening.... and i know i have more questions i can't remember right now... i know, i should have a medical notebook for these questions, but i don't yet...

i got into a fight with almost everyone this morning... i am NOT a morning person... and i have been dealing with some major anxiety over all this, especially surgery... i was lashing out... oops.  but, at the same time, i think that should have been understood... everyone around me knows of my recent anxieties... it's hard to miss... and they also know i am NOT a morning person... so it goes with the pattern to guess the morning of surgery i might be in rare form... i am scared to death... not thinking straight... don't know if the others involved will realize that... i can hope...

back to the waiting... i will write again when i know more... or if i need to vent again... (coming soon: rant about my son have slight sunburn... then rash...???)

Blackout...

today is my surgery date... i hope... but all of southern california was without power yesterday... it went off around 3:30 pm... and was supposedly restored around 3:30 am... they cancelled all the schools and colleges.  so there is a positive... i wont miss assembly at little man's school.  and i should be there when they learn the school song. 

without power in the whole county i am only assuming my surgery is really happening.  but they haven't called to say otherwise... was kinda cool that my last post i asked yall to keep fingers crossed i could do both assembly and surgery... power outtage wasn't exactly what i had in mind, but ok...

since the power is back on i need to go get ready to get to hospital... will try to post soon to let you know how it went...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fingers Crossed...

tomorrow is my surgery date... so i am not sure when my next entry in here will be.  i was hoping to have written a few more entries by now, but oh well.  with my little man starting school this week we have been very busy.  i am not a morning person, so my hubby has been helping get little man ready for class.  they are both enjoying their time to bond.  i am feeling a little left out, but so grateful... i went on the first day to get pics... but since then daddy has taken him. 

on fridays at little man's school they do a morning assembly... this week they invited the parents to learn the school song.  i called the office of the school to ask how long the assembly would last... they can't really say because it depends on how quick the kids cooperate and learn the song.  they told me that it would definetly be over by 8:30am... i thought that was fantastic because the hospital wants me there for 9am and its about 1/2 hr away.  until yesterday... i got a hold of the pre-op nurse to get my questions answered.

they had me go in yesterday for pre-op bloodwork.  and told me that 9am is supposed to be the time of dye injection, they want me there for 8:30 am.  grrr... i don't wanna do this anymore... but its not something i can just forget about.  i have to do this.  i also found out that dr b is prepared to take sentinel nodes from left underarm or neck if needed.  i guess i knew that already... but somehow i was only prepared for underarm surgery.  so the thought of looking more like frankenstein with scars visible on my neck, and missing the school song sent me into tears again... my amazing hubby just grabbed me and held me tight.  he let me cry, all the while telling me he understood and it was gonna be ok... fast forward a little bit and thats when he decided we will be able to go to morning assembly, might be late to the hospital... but thats what they get for not giving us the right time in the first place...

it's not like i am not going all together.  i am just not gypping my son either.... or myself for that matter.  if all the stars line up then i could do both without being late, but wont know about that until tomorrow.  wish me luck it all works out for the greatest possible good... and that they dont actually find anything more, its just precautionary...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Little People...

today was my son's first day of kindergarten.  it was great! it started with me waking him up... he told me "there is NO excuse!" so i asked "no excuse for what, baby?" and he responded "there is NO excuse for waking me up while its still dark out!"  i was so proud... i know it sounds odd.  but my son is a mini clone of his daddy, both in looks and attitude most times.... this morning was all me tho.  i am the one who can hibernate, and surely do not like waking up early... once i told him it was his first day of school he reluctantly rolled out of bed.

it was sprinkling, or as i like to call it california raining, this morning... we left early to make sure we would be on time.  we did, in fact we were really early... i guess everyone else slept in because of the holiday yesterday.  i know that before i got sober you shouldnt expect to see me before 9am the day after a holiday unless you were my roomate or i had to work... and even 9am was early most times back then...  i had planned to play at the park next to the school if we were early... i didnt take into account it might rain... so we had a few issues because we got stuck waiting in the car until the sprinkles let up and it got closer to time to say goodbye.

when it was time to line up for him to go into class he was ready!!! made sure his sister wished him a good first day, flashed an "i love you!" to daddy and i... then he was off into the classroom.  i thought i would cry watching my oldest embark on such a big step, but i didnt.  at first i thought i was kinda out of tears recently because this melasuckanoma crap... then i decided to be more optimistic... mother nature was shedding enough tears for all of us parents saying goodbye to our little people as they took this HUGE step...

my daughter, who is 3yrs old, missed her brother alot.  she enjoyed the time we had alone at first because it almost never happens.  but by mid-day she was ready to go get her brother... was very upset with me for not just going to get him.  she finally fell asleep while i was on the phone with surgical nurse for my pre-op call.  of course, that was only about 20 mins before we needed to leave to grab her brother...

the nurse who called took all my info... but was unable to answer my questions because she didn't have the orders.  makes me nervous... but at the same time i feel like ive been living in a consistent state of nervousness since may.  she asked if i had any anxiety, or depression... umm, yeah... being told you have cancer growing on you doesnt exactly inspire a party attitude... or at least it didnt for me.  i had spent so much time partying when i was younger that i burnt out on that too.  i guess if i didnt have good reason to remain sober (like my gorgeous family) i might have gone back to being a lush (or whatever other phases i went through).  but now i have every reason to fight... and like my husband says "remember you are a strong woman, and a fighter... even if only by marriage."  when he and i first met i was a weak, defeated version of myself... he hasnt let a day go by without doing his best to help me change that.  and if i do say so myself, he's done a pretty good job... i now can see my own strengths after some patient reminders they were still there.

all in all it was a fantastic day!!! i just wish the nurse would call back to answer my questions since i already answered all of hers... but i am trying to be patient... and tomorrow is another school day for my little man... another day for my princess to get used to mama time... again, should be another good day...

Friday, September 2, 2011

School...

my son starts school on tuesday! we went to his kindergarten orientation this morning... i was very pleased he got the teacher i was hoping for.  he is my oldest, so i based that hope on the school's website... his teacher was the first to update her page for this upcoming school year, as well as having a few quotes and proverbs about patience and teaching.  my son was extremely nervous... but i think he will be right at home after he gets used to it.

during the orientation we were informed that next friday's assembly was open to the parents so we can ALL learn the school song for school spirit... i began to cry.  next friday is my surgery date.  originally they wanted to do it today, but i said no because of orientation.  i didnt expect activities so soon... it broke my heart to think i might not be able to go learn the school song.  my hubby was very understanding, and tried to reassure me that if i wasn't able to be there he would.  and that is fantastic for my son... so why am i so bummed out about it?

i suppose thats the part of me that wants to be there for everything... i dont wanna miss a thing.  but it looks like i am going to have to... and i am going to have to accept that sooner than expected.  plus, i tried to ask his teacher if i left sunscreen could she help make sure it is used before lunch.  i mentioned that i understand it can't be applied every time they go out... i was just hoping that before lunch (and the mid-day sun) it could be done.  the teacher asked "can't you just sunscreen him in the morning?" i gently explained i will, but by lunch it will no longer be effective.  her solution was to leave the sunscreen at the office and teach my son to go get it applied after lunch.  she completely missed my concerns - they eat lunch outside!!! then have maybe 15 mins of recess before returning to class... i am NOT worried about that 15 mins, i am worried about the total 45 mins of outside time in the mid-day sun.  besides, i am teaching both of my kids to sunscreen themselves... i just don't want a bottle of sunscreen exploding in my son's backpack.  and i made that clear, but it didn't seem to matter to anyone but me.  i am very frustrated right now...

i am hoping that his teacher was just extremely busy meeting her new students and their families.  and maybe next week she will realize how important this is.  and if she doesn't, then what? am i being unreasonable and paranoid?  both my kids glow... and since my diagnosis even more so because of the sunscreen we use before going out during peak sun hours (10am - 4pm).  i nearly had a panic attack on my parents for my daughter getting slightly sunburnt while they babysat her... it seriously is very upsetting to me.  my mom was first diagnosed in her late 30's, early 40's... and my diagnosis was less than 3 weeks prior to my 32nd birthday.  i don't want my kids dealing with this in their 20's or EVER for that matter...

i suppose all i can do is see how things go once school actually starts.  and make sure my son is a sunscreen expert by then.  he is only 5 yrs old, so wish me luck... he does a decent job, but is easily distracted so sometimes the sunscreen ends up everywhere.

i just finished school last year in late october.  my husband and i both did (well, he finished in december).  the plan was to return home, he would find work, then i would.  we thought it was going to be easier than it was.  we had gone to school for motorcycle mechanics... even tho the school warned it would be difficult to find work in the "off season" we thought we knew better.  we live in san diego, there is no real winter.  so no real riding season, people ride their bikes all year long.  but that is not true of hiring... so it took awhile for my hubby to find work in the industry.  then my daughter turned 3 yrs old (the magic age for head start programs).  so i was getting set to look for work also... but then i was diagnosed with melanoma.  and now i have these procedures scheduled... so i will need recovery time.  but i had specialized in harley davidson at school... and had done their phd program... but those phds only remain valid if you began working in a dealership within one year of school.  doesn't look like i will be keeping my phds.  and i worked my butt off for those...  i had never done anything mechanical before school, and i worked very hard to do well there... and to not give up on it just because it wasn't easy.  and now i am feeling like that hard work isn't going to benefit us like we planned.

i am not an extremely religous person, but i would consider myself spiritual.  so i included the serenity prayer because it has helped me in many instances... and i am hoping this is one of them...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Another Call...

i am begining to not like my phone anymore... i keep getting these calls that make me be responsible.  today it was from the hospital.  they are having the surgical nurses call for a phone consult next tuesday.  then they can go over everything with me.  but i did find out that i will be asleep according to the woman who called today. 

i guess i will know more after tuesday...

but now that i know i will be asleep i am no where near as nervous as i was.  i had wanted my hubby to go with me because i thought i was going to be awake like i was last time... and no one can make me laugh or feel better the way he does.  granted, my mom is also willing to go with me, can make me laugh and has always been there, but its not the same...  i had made a stance, demanding my hubby by my side... then the call came letting me know i was being put to sleep and i tried to let him off the hook.  i thought he would be pleased, but i think it was actually frustration.  i made him deal with this with me... and then like someone flipped a switch i am letting him off the hook.  we have talked alot about this... he is as scared as i am.

but we know we are doing everything we can.  so that helps some.  and i hope he realizes why i seem even more bi-polar than normal.  i know he does... just with everything going on i lose sight of that sometimes.  i am truly blessed to have him by my side. 

and my parents are also awesome to have... they have been helping with babysitting whenever they can.  and they have always been there.  just waiting for me to wake up and become the responsible "young" (even if i don't feel young) woman they raised me to be.  over the last 6yrs i have definetly made some improvments... i thought sobriety matured me, but in reality - not really.  but i certainly feel this has... i can't be selfish, even tho i may wanna be at times.  i can't pretend none of this is really happening.  i have to deal with it.  i have to think of everyone else involved in my life. 

i think that is my silver lining out of this awful experience... i am finally learning to deal with the bad, as well as the good.  i even called a bill collector to explain why i couldn't pay them... before i would have just dodged their phone calls.  ignored thier letters.  and when they started calling my parents house looking for me i would tell mom to tell them "she is an adult, and does NOT live here."  partially true, i don't live there... but the whole "adult" part i wasn't so sure of.  but now i know i am working on it... calling bill collectors, trying to not be so judgemental, and talking instead of yelling. 

so remaining optimistic... maybe melanoma will help me to become a more mature and responsible member of society.  i guess that only time will tell...