Doctor Visit – Monday Dec. 8

winter-leavesWell, I made the trek to see the doc today because I feared I had an infection going on at the lymph node biopsy incision site, but luckily, all is okay and it’s just taking unusually long to heal.  So…..he ordered blood work to check white cell count and also see how this long term anti-biotic is affecting me…6 weeks is a long time to be on it since it’s the heavy duty type.  He said he will leave the other decision (of when to remove my final drain) up to the plastic surgeon whom I go back to see Wednesday this week.  The drain and the wound all have to be cleared up before chemo starts (right now scheduled to start Dec. 17 – next week) so that may get delayed until after Christmas, but before New Years.  We’ll find that out soon.  Being flexible is a must with this cancer stuff!  I am learning to roll woth the punches!  Good news is that I get free valet parking at the hospital parking garage!   The guy who brought my car to me today loved the music I happened to have in my CD player, which I apparently had on pretty loud cuz he came out of my car jammin’ and dancing and wished he could keep riding to the tunes!  Thanks for the CD, Sara!  What was the song you ask?  It has to do with our social obsession with hair, and with mine coming out soon, I love this ong! Pay close attention to the words at 2 minutes and 40 seconds into the song/video…Click HERE to listen!  Enjoy! (Printed version of words below)

Is that India.Arie? What happened to her hair?

Little girl with the press and curl
Age eight I got a “Jheri curl”
Thirteen I got a relaxer
I was a source of so much laughter
At fifteen when it all broke off
Eighteen and went all natural
February two thousand and two
I went and did
What I had to do
Because it was time to change my life
To become the women that I am inside
Ninety-seven dreadlock all gone
I looked in the mirror
For the first time and saw that HEY….

I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am not your expectations no no
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am a soul that lives within

What’d she do to her hair? I don’t know it look crazy
I like it. I might do that.
Umm I wouldn’t go that far. I know

Good hair means curls and waves
Bad hair means you look like a slave
At the turn of the century
It’s time for us to redefine who we be
You can shave it off
Like a South African beauty
Or get in on lock
Like Bob Marley
You can rock it straight
Like Oprah Winfrey
If its not what’s on your head
Its what’s underneath and say HEY….

Does the way I wear my hair make me a better person?

Does the way I wear my hair make me a better friend? Oooh

Does the way I wear my hair determine my integrity?

I am expressing my creativity..

Breast Cancer and Chemotherapy
Took away her crown and glory
She promised God if she was to survive
She would enjoy everyday of her life ooh
On national television
Her diamond eyes are sparkling
Bald headed like a full moon shining
Singing out to the whole wide world like HEY…

If I wanna shave it close
Or if I wanna rock locks
That don’t take a bit away
From the soul that I got

If I wanna where it braided
All down my back
I don’t see what wrong with that

Is that India.Arie?
Ooh look she cut her hair!
I like that, its kinda PHAT
I don’t know if I could do it.
But it looks sharp, it looks nice on her
She got a nice shaped head
She got an apple head
I know right?
It’s perfect.

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