Chemo Day — Chemo Brain

(cross posted from Coffee and Chemo)
I would like to say that since I only received a half dose of the Fenurgen (super, duper, antihistamine that completely knocks you out!), I was more alert. But…..
That would not be accurate.
Once the drip started, I fought to stay awake and alert…..
I lost.
Again, I am grateful to the two friends (squarepeg613 and NT) who came and took care of me while I slept!
After chemo, I came home, intending to sleep more, but my kids needed me for all sorts of things, for which I did not have the patience!
I really wanted to go to sleep early.
After spending all evening on my kid’s stuff, I was just finishing up some last minute details when I ERASED HALF OF MY SON’S CLASS LIST!
I had meant to save the file under a different name but… I FORGOT!!
And you can bet your bottom dollar that I am blaming it on “chemo brain” because I would just feel TOO STUPID to admit that I might have done that even without the chemo!!
Especially because…..
I admit it!
I have made this same STUPID MISTAKE before!!
Now, before you suggest something obvious, like getting the list from someone else, I should explain that I am the one who initiated this class list!
I got tired of receiving class lists consisting solely of kids’ names and phone numbers. I mean, how many times can you ask a parent her/his name, before being utterly humiliated by not remembering??
So, I put together a comprehensive, computerized list, consisting of:
Child’s First
Child’s Family Name
Child’s Mother’s Name
Child’s Father’s Name
Child’s Home Phone Number
Child’s Mother’s Mobile Phone Number
Child’s Father’s Mobile Phone Number
Child’s Mother’s email
Child’s Father’s email
Child’s birthday
Not to mention the various and sundry additional information, like who is willing to accompany the class on class trips, who is on the class parent’s council (va’ad horim), etc.
Because we live in Israel, all this information is BOTH in English and Hebrew!!!
(If I was really good, I would also have it in French. But when I was in high school, my dad convinced me to learn Spanish instead of French because it is more practical. Not in Israel!)
Each year, at the beginning of the school year, I spend significant time and energy updating everyone’s information. You might think this would not be so difficult, after all, how many people move each year? But you cannot imagine how many parents keep changing their phone numbers, and mobile phone numbers, and emails, and second emails, and…
You get the picture??
It is so much work, that for several years now, the school distributes MY LIST to the teachers.
Because no one else is crazy enough to put in all that effort!!!
NOW do you understand how stupid I feel??
I had the one and only master copy, with all of this year’s corrections and additions!
Only after I had erased the file, did I discover that I had never sent it out to all the parents!
Apparently, I sent out my daughter’s class list, but not my son’s!
So I spent HOURS, when I should have been fast asleep in my bed, searching through old files and old emails, and doing my best to put together the updated list…. AGAIN!!
And then, when I was finally all done, I emailed the new list, along with a letter requesting that the parents please review their information again and send me, AGAIN, any updates and/or corrections that I might have missed.
So now ALL the parents of the ENTIRE CLASS know just how SCATTERBRAINED I really am!!!
I added two new columns:
Child’s Mobile Phone
Child’s Email
You think the new requests will fool them into thinking that I am just being REALLY THOROUGH?!?!?!

2 Responses to Chemo Day — Chemo Brain

  1. justenjoyhim says:

    Oh honey, don’t they know about Chemo Brain? I tell everyone. It’s my excuse for everything. My co-worker who also has breast cancer said it can last up to ten years so I have a good excuse up until then and by then I’ll probably be getting Alzheimer’s or dementia (I KID, I KID!!).

    It’s O.KAY. We all make mistakes like that. But yes, you are covering it quite well by requesting additional information.

    For what it’s worth — I think it’s phenomenal for you to do all this work while you’re dealing with so much other stuff.

  2. Thanks for the support!

    I didn’t know about chemo brain until I got cancer…. and then only because my “personal guide to the cancer world” (i.e. the friend who adopted me, once I joined “the club”) talked about it ALL the time,

    Seriously, I have no idea what they know. Some of them probably don’t even know that I still have cancer, or that I am still in treatment. People see me, and assume I am fine (obviously…. people with hair don’t have cancer). Unless they ask, I don’t make a point of reminding people. I blog. I am not anonymous. Those who want to know, know. Those who don’t, don’t.

    There are even some new kids/parents in the class. Much to my amazement, nobody is introducing me as “so-and-so’s mother… the one with cancer.”

    So, “scatterbrained” is more likely to be their natural assumption, rather than “chemo brain”…. What a choice! Which “label” would you prefer? It would be funny if it were not so sad!!

    Anyway, it’s a done deal. The letter (which makes no mention of cancer) is out, and I am just going to smile and nod whenever anyone tries to be helpful and suggests that I back up my files!!! Like, DUH!!! 😎

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