Holiday Hump Day Treatment

Beeeeeeeeeeep. Beeeeeeeeeeep.Beeeeeeeeeeeeep.

THIS IS A TEST FROM YOUR EMERGENCY BROADCASTING SYSTEM.

THIS IS ONLY A TEST:

We are testing to see how Christi’s brain is doing during Holiday Humpday Treatment.

Observations: Christi is chatty and happy to tell stories.  She seems to get stuck during stories.  She pauses for seconds at a time and often asks “what was I talking about?”, or what was I going to say?”, or “how does this story connect to the point I was trying to make?”. She apologizes and says her synapses aren’t firing right and then continues to tell a story full of pauses and apologies.  She also states that her stories run together and she cant tell whether she dreamed or lived a certain story.  She states that her brain feels like it has “static television”.

Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.
But that doesn’t seem to stop her at all.  It seems another chemo patient of same age and treatment experiences the same things. Patient is a good listener.  Christi states that patient has positive outlook on being bald that Christi needs to adopt — cancer awareness can save lives. Patient’s husband is louder than Christi.  Christi exchanges phone numbers with said patient and husband.

Results and Analysis:
If Christi finds someone fun to talk to, especially as a group discussion, she really does not care whether her stories are interrupted, have a point, ever happened, or even make sense.  The “static TV” feeling she has and the pauses she makes could be from one of her chemo meds.  There is one that causes temporary nerve damage (only while taking it and its reversible) that could be the cause of her synapses firing incorrectly or not at all in this case. Christi is helping herself by reaching out and surrounding herself with positive people and positive messages.

Beeeeeeeeeeep. Beeeeeeeeeeep.Beeeeeeeeeeeeep.

DO NOT ADJUST YOUR RADIO DIAL, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG.
THIS IS A TEST.
THIS IS ONLY A TEST.

We are testing to see how Christi’s brain reacts to high doses of steroids both during and after Holiday Hump Day treament.

Observations:
Christi received steroids thru an IV at around 9:30 am. Christi is showing a sudden burst of energy. She is talking quickly.  At around 1:00 she is done with treatment and randomly decides she wants to go ‘check out’ the new Health Food Store in The Village.  She makes her sister drive there.  After an hour and the purchase of a “very delicious” Vivaloe water, they go home.

She then decides she feels the need to sit down.  She recruits her sister and mom-in-law to join her.  She is currently discussing holiday meal plans, while at the same time is opening up cookbooks and reading aloud various non-holiday quiche, brunch casserole and brownie recipes.  She hands out pre-printed recipe cards to sister and mom-in-law.  She recruits the ladies to all get up, so she can show her the giant freezer and proceeds to take out and discuss all contents inside.

She decides to bake Trader Joes caramelized onion tarts and turn on the oven.  Christi then dwells on the fact that she gained four pounds in a week’s time. She is worried about extra fat cells enouraging extra cancer cells (with estrogen receptors) to grow in them.  Sister and Mom-In-Law also point out the fact that it could be PMS and she agrees not to worry. Christi puts away the tarts and turns off the oven.

Christi doesn’t show signs of slowing down until 7:30 pm. Her eyes become droopy and she is finally laying down on the couch, playing “challenging” 2nd grade word games with her family.

Results and Analysis:

Steroids are causing Christi to gain weight. Christi tweeks out on steroids and is a total spaz.

THIS CONCLUDES THE TEST OF THE HOLIDAY HUMPDAY TREATMENT AND THE EMERGENCY BROADCAST SYSTEM.

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