Random thoughts: It still kinda surprises me how nice people are once they learn you have cancer. I know it sounds a little cynical, but I've found that people are so willing to do really anything I ask of them :) It's not like I try to take advantage of it or anything though. I just think it's kinda funny. I honestly honestly honestly am extremely appreciative and I know people just want to do whatever they can to help.
None the less, here are some examples of what I call 'perks of cancer'
- People bring you candy
- People bring you magazines/books/entertainment/other presents
- People (mostly mom) prepares and brings food to me (sometimes even in bed)
- People don't call you lazy for staying in bed and watching movies all day
- People are much more understanding when you tell them that you're too tired to do something
- Volunteers at the hospital walk around all day with free food and sometimes tickets to free events (They're sending me, my mom and my sister on a spa day on Sunday :)
- People always ask how you are and seem to genuinely care
- People are just SUPER NICE
Ok, now some examples of why cancer sucks (haha you knew they had to be coming)
- There a million things I'm not allowed to eat including; fresh fruits and veggies, sushi, even just slightly undercooked meat, anything that's been sitting out for too long (especially dairy products), leftovers that have been in the fridge for more than 24 hours
- I'm also not allowed to eat restaurant food unless I see my food go from being made, to the oven, to the plate (aka I need to know that it was freshly made (not sitting around waiting to be re-heated) and that no bacteria touched it).
- I can't have deli meats or baked goods from bakeries because I don't know how long they've been sitting out.
- I pretty much also avoid restaurants because I'm not allowed to be around that many people and because the bacteria risk is too great when I don't know where my food is coming from
- We already know I can't go to school because of all the bacteria risk but I also can't go to the movies or really any crowded, confined places in general. (Technically, I'm not really supposed to be in a room with more than 3 or 4 people at a time)
- Note: these are all things that I'm not allowed to do when I'm what's called neutropenic which means my white blood cells are down and my body isn't strong enough to fight off normal, every day infections. You guessed it! I am neutropenic and the doctors say I should stay that way for a good month or two. It's been about 2 and a half weeks, so I've got a little ways to go.
Anywho, tomorrow should be a pretty chill day as well. Two of my friends are coming to mi casa later on in the day to make (and eat) dinner with me seeing as I obviously can't go out :). I'm super duper excited because if there's nothing these steroids make me love more than food it's human interaction :D hahaha!!
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