Sunday, September 26, 2010

My brother didn't have as exciting of a game this week as he did last week, but his team did win, so they are 3-1 for the season!

I'm feeling better today. I had a bit of a chance to rest, and my crazy chemo brain has finally finished. Chemo brain is an unfortunate side effect for many patients that makes it difficult to concentrate, analyze, remember things... I've had some not-so-major memory problems from chemo before but the crazy chemo brain I get when I have IT chemo and Vidaza in the same week is insane. I feel like I am completely ADHD, unable to concentrate on anything, unfit for anything besides curling up in a ball on the couch to watch TV. Glad that's over!! Hopefully I won't have those scheduled on the same week again. The results of my lumbar puncture on Monday came back leukemia-free so I'll be able to taper off the IT chemo.

Another busy week ahead! I'll be starting training to be a one on one literacy or ESL tutor with a local nonprofit. I haven't decided yet if I want to tutor for literacy or ESL. I have a lot of experience with ESL from when I was in France, and I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure if changing to literacy might be a nice change of pace and also more useful in the future.

Sorry for the boring, business-y update. I'll try to be more interesting later this week!


Zhu said...

Literacy and ESL both sound great! Must be super interesting and I'm sure the organization will appreciate your help. Plus, you will get to meet new people!

Gwan said...

I've always wanted to volunteer as a literacy tutor, but never quite found the time. It would be so rewarding to teach someone to read!

getyourselfconnected said...

Good luck with the training!

Best wishes for the tackling machine that is your brother.

au soleil levant said...

Zhu - yes, I'm really excited to start working with them!

Gwan - that's a really good thought, I hadn't thought about how rewarding the experience would be, it was more what I would prefer doing. Will think about that!

GYSC - thanks!

Emily said...

This is all such good news. I'm anxious to hear about your experiences with the literacy or ESL program-keep us updated, I'm sure you'll have interesting stories!

au soleil levant said...

I'm interested to see what the training will be like, since I already have some experience teaching. I wonder if it'll be a lot of new stuff or a lot of repeat information?