I want to share a couple of pictures I took yesterday during my visit. Melanie doesn't want her picture taken right now which I totally understand. She got a haircut a couple of days ago and she hasn't had the tools to style it and it really bothers her. She will warm up to the idea of her picture being taken sometime. Her friend Suzanne took some pictures the night she cut Mel's hair, I will try to get them posted so you can see her new do.
This Melanie's new friend "Charlie" it is her shadow, lifeline and pain in the butt:
It goes with her everywhere! It delivers saline, antibiotics, anti-nausea medicine and calories. She also gets lots of medicine injected into her central line several times a day not including the chemo. Chemo is so toxic! It kills good and bad cells. She is given medicine to protect her bladder...I happen to know because I asked the nurse what she was giving her...in a nice way...just wanting to be informed. Melanie also takes an anti-fungal medicine after using some medical mouthwash to prevent thrush, and an orange pill to prevent kidney stones. I'm sure there are lots of other meds that I know nothing about. Let's just say that she lots of stuff coursing through her veins. Bless whoever invented anti-nausea medicine, I can't imagine how Mel would be without it. It is no wonder Mel is so tired, I think it goes beyond tired into the completely sleep deprived and exhausted spectrum.
This last picture is of a cute banner her friend Suzanne made which people sign when they come to visit (such a cute idea). I'm not sure why I took it from this angle. It says,"We love you!"
I will post an update from today sometime. All of us will be contributing to this blog. All of us as in me (Cami), Angie, Mike, Greg, Kim and hopefully Mel at some point. We will just leave our name at the bottom of the post.
Lots of love to you Mel!!