Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Anatomy of a Haircut

Nurses are wonderful creatures (for the most part).

But they are not perfect either.


Unfortunately, I recently went under the knife TWICE in the month of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen.

Wasn't too pleasant on my part.

The first operation was the result of me falling down several times in one week's time. When my oncologist learned of this new "symptom" didn't he send me to directly to the hospital! The nerve of that man. I didn't even get to pass Go or collect any amount of dollars. 

I went DIRECTLY to the hospital (aka Jail).

It was decided after many scans and such that I needed some major fusing in my lumbar vertebrae. 


But lo! I recovered well from the operation and was up and walking  (with a walker) in no time. And the cancer pain that was excruciating and also making me fall down?


Yessirree! That hardware stuck in my lower back done did the trick!

Happy happy.

They released me four days after the big operation. 

Happy, happy, joy, joy.

But, something was still amiss because I couldn't function. Oh, I had no more pain, but I was so extremely lethargic and woozy. I couldn't even form sentences without dozing off after the fourth or fifth word. Witnesses claim that my eyes kept rolling into the back of my head and that all I did was sleep. I didn't eat, I pooped a couple of times IN BED, but that was about all I did.

Note to YOU: pooping in bed is NOT highly recommended. EVER.


So my husband knew something was very, very wrong and he called 911.

And then my room was crowded with all these men! Ugh. And they rough-handled me. They put an i.v. in my arm that HURT! And then they shuffled me onto a gurney and into a truck that I don't believe had any shock absorbers. I felt every single bump and bounced along my way back to the hospital, just three measly days since I had been released.

*double sigh*

Now I was so out of it that I truly do not know what all the tests they did this time around, all I knew was that I was out of it.


Anyhoo, apparently in the middle of all my cancer drama another body organ decided she was being ignored and was not going to stand for it anymore.


I had my gall-bladder removed.

Yep. The gall-bladder wench was angry, so she went bah-bye.

I was mad.

No other body parts have my blessing to fall apart on me. I already have metastatic breast cancer. That's enough folks. More than enough. Body? You'd better be listening to me, cuz I mean it dog-gone-it!

Well that was pretty much my month of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen.

Thank heavens that is over.

But now I'm doing something even scarier (for me).


Yep, the oncologist decided that because the cancer had basically crushed my vertebrae: L3 and L4, which resulted in me needing a back fusion, that we also needed to do something "more."

More equals chemo.

So I've got two doses of chemo under my belt and I'm not too sick! Which is very good news. Which also means I think I just jinxed myself.


No this poison should not make me lose my hair nor toss my cookies.

I've only thrown up once.

Yay me!

But the hair.

Oh yeah, back to the hair.

The reason for this long rambling post.

Well. The "second" hospital visit, or as I call it, the gall bladder eviction visit had another serious and horrifying consequence.

Like I said nurses are not perfect.

They do have a lot to do, and a lot to remember to do for a goodly number of patients.

I get it.

I do.

But when a patient is sooo out of it that she (or he) cannot think for herself (or himself)? Then sometimes the nurse needs to THINK for the patient.

And mine didn't.

And I had plenty of nurses coming and going as I spent day after day after day there.


I went into the hospital with long, slightly grey-highlighted, black hair.

I came home with long, slightly grey-highlighted, black, matted hair like a dog.

I kid you not.

I had no clue and I wish that at least a nurse had reminded me: "Oh, have a friend or your husband comb your hair, if you haven't been doing it on your own."

Because I hadn't been doing it on my own.

Not even.

And it was disgusting. I could not believe the number and how huge my matted knots were. How did this happen? How could this have happened?

How could I have let this happen?

I'll tell you how.

I was fuzzy minded to the nth degree. I had a terrible time even forming thoughts during that second visit. The fuzzy just wouldn't go away! Maybe having gone under general anaesthesia THREE times in two weeks time? Maybe that had something to do with it.


My second day home from my final hospital visit, I went to a hair salon and the only solution?

Chop it all off.

And now I am sporting an incredibly short hair style. I haven't had hair this short since I was a young girl!

Oh well.

I'm not angry at the nurses, but so very saddened that this happen.

So that's how Quirky got her hair cut.

The future holds many unexpected things.



And evolution? Not all that it's cracked up to be.

I never imagined myself "evolutionizing" into such a short do!

But I do now.
Before Hospitalization

After Hospitalization


  1. So you're no longer biodegradable, huh? Me either. Titanium between C-4 and C-6. What a shit pile of a month you had. I'm so sorry. I don't think I would have managed quite the humor about it that you have. Kudos to you! Hey, the hairstyle is cute. All the glamour gals are sporting the short cut now. You're a ringer for Ann Hathaway. Much love to you, my friend.

  2. C-4 through C-6? Yikes what a pain in the neck! (mwa mwa mwaaaa) Sorry I shouldn't jest about vertebrae pain, but I sure hope yours doesn't give you neck or shoulder aches! Thanks for the kind words.

    I'll be glad when 2014 is over.

    Yes, I know we haven't hit August yet, but hey, 2014 not so kind, 2015 has got to be better.

    Did I just jinx myself again?



  3. You know I've been wondering where you went. I missed you, Quirks. Lord oh Lord have you been through a lot. I really, really feel for you my friend. But I guess when one considers the alternative, going trough all this crap pales by comparison. At least that's how I try to look at things but, as you well know, it can be very, very trying at times. Keep your sense of humour, my friend. And keep in touch.

  4. Ah, but you are rocking those eyebrows and you are still adorable.

    Ugh on all that hospital crap (oops). I hope you there is no more anesthesia in your future. Sigh.

    I've been thinking about you and have missed you.

  5. Aw thanks Reffers! Yes, I too, PRAY, that there is no more anesthesia in my future. In fact, I'd better die in a blaze of glory cuz I refuse to wither away at the hospital. Oh how I loathe hospitals.

  6. Very trying times indeed! Thank you for your kind words Sir! I hope you are faring well. And yes, might as well laugh, I prefer it over weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. *smile*

  7. Well, I'd say your June definitely sucked! The DUDE has a lot to answer for, eating up your back like that. And damn those nurses for not attending to your lovely locks. You still look gorgeous, though! <3 <3 <3

  8. First, I am tremendously glad to have found you again. Second... no, make this first and that second... I'm glad you have survived the hideous things you've been through (and come through them with your wonderful sense of humor intact.) Third, you are pretty with long hair or short hair. I would choose the long, but that's because I'm bald and Iike my women to make up for my own lack. But, fourth, you're not MY woman, so why should you listen to me? Fifth, good night and God bless you.

  9. Just dropping by to say "Hi". I hope all is well. Let us know, one way or the other? We love you.

  10. How are you doing? Hope you are well and have a Merry Christmas!

  11. For anyone who might come here at this point, OUR SANDIE was on life support Sunday, and passed away on Wednesday, February 11.