today has been an interesting day.
i woke up early to drive awesome husband @_antgas to the airport. he's in florida for a couple of days. my brother and sister-from-another-mister are on a family vacation there (with her family). i had a bucketful of jetblue points and halloween horror nights are going on at universal studios. i hate scary things, but the three of them love shit like that. so being the best wife EVER, i sent him to florida to go to the gym with his friend, smoke a cigar, and spend tomorrow at universal studios. he'll get to go to harry potterville and drink butterbeer (damn him), see the new simpsons area, and spend the night getting scared. the themes this year are 'the walking dead', 'the cabin in the woods', and 'evil dead'.
that's important. 'evil dead' is his like favorite movie. and he loves 'the walking dead'. and he made me watch 'the cabin in the woods' the other night and now i get why he liked it so much. but seriously, 'evil dead'? that's really what it's all about. @_antgas loves it, loves it, loves it.
so after waking at the ass crack of dawn (actually, it was before dawn) and getting my vanilla soy latte on, i dropped @_antgas at the airport and turned around. i also made my best time yet from queens county to my house waaay out in suffolk county. i spent the morning cleaning at a leisurely pace. i dusted the bedroom and living room. i vacuumed the carpets and the couch and the cat beds. i washed the kitchen and bathroom, including floors. i cleaned the litter boxes and changed the towels.
i also made my first bottle of homemade all-purpose cleaner. i used an empty spray bottle and filled it half with white vinegar and half water. then i added like 40 drops of tea tree essential oil. the vinegar smell fades and the tea tree is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and all around cleansing.
what did i not do today? shave.
i'm married (read: have no one to impress) so i really only shave my legs once a week. my hair is very fine, so even my stubble isn't like, really stubbly. but i shave every friday or saturday (underarms are shaved as-needed). the other day, i checked my under arms and they didn't look like the needed to be shaved. i thought that was strange but whatever.
so yesterday i went to the city to work with dad and showered at like 5fuckingAM. so no shaving done then. but i realized that my leg hair was not growing. i even had @_antgas feel my leg for stubble - nothing there. which means that in eight days, i haven't grown any leg hair. and i checked my under arms again, really checked.... nothing there, either.
i started researching why chemo drugs (like the methotrexate i'm on) make you lose your hair. it's not that they make you lose your hair - your hair stops growing. methotrexate stops certain types of cells from splitting and regenerating and whatnot (like ho cancer grows). hair also grows like that. so methotrexate stops your hair cells from splitting and growing. when a strand of hair falls out of your head, it's falling out of the hair follicle. methotrexate stops a new hair from forming and growing in that follicle.
so your hair doesn't fall out from chemo. your hair falls out naturally (we all lose like a thousand hairs a day). on chemo drugs, your hair doesn't grow and replace those fallen-out-hairs.
if my leg hair isn't growing, and my armpit hair isn't growing, doesn't it follow that the hair on my head is not/will not be growing?
in addition to spending some time researching that kind of shit, i spent some time freaking out and worrying and wondering and wishing that this didn't happen to me. RA is a lot bigger than i thought it would be, and it's affecting me in more ways than i anticipated. especially emotionally.
on top of that, i'm breaking out and nauseous more often than i care to admit. and i'm not really hungry very often. on one hand, that's good because maybe i'll lose some weight. on the other hand, it's not that good because eating is important to staying healthy.
fuck. times like this i wish i still drank.
instead, i'll take another pill or two like a good girl and go to bed to let my body rest. tomorrow will be better.