Day two of being tethered to the portable 5-FU infusion pump. I've found it's easier for me to wear it like a handbag across my chest than around my waist. The strap rubbed across my collar bone, though, making it sore, so Mr. G cut a foam strip and taped it to the strap which takes the pressure off. I haven't felt as much fatigue today, but did take a nap this afternoon and have been pacing myself.
The one really uncomfortable thing has been heat building up in my face-I had forgotten that from last time. It felt as though I was running a fever and slowly heating from the inside out, although the temperature reading I took was perfectly normal, maybe even a little low. The heat finally manifested itself this afternoon just before supper when my face and neck turned bright red as though I'd been out in the sun too long. It felt like I had just opened the door to a very hot oven and stuck my face inside! Maybe this is how chemo brain happens- so much heat builds up inside your head that your brain cells begin to boil! I kid you not- it got THAT hot! Needless to say, I decided NOT to cook anything for supper that required heating in the oven! Besides, I needed something that could be put together quickly so there would be plenty of time to eat and then watch the Democratic debate tonight.
I opted to do a redux of a Pollan cookbook recipe from a couple of weeks ago: Creamy spinach pasta alfredo with crispy pancetta. I had bought diced pancetta so didn't need to cut that, but I was able to use my brand new chef's knife to chop the spinach and mince the garlic- worked like a charm, and was very comfortable to use, just as the description said.
The pasta turned out very nicely, was a one-dish meal (except for the extra pot to cook the pasta, as Mr. G pointed out to me after he'd washed the dishes). I also used a spoon form the new utensil set I bought with the chef's knife. The long handle on the spoons allows you to stir without getting steam burns, an important consideration for clumsy cooks, and unlike my long handled spoon with the metal handle, the handle stays cool to the touch. Here's a pic of the new utensil set- $4.95 for the set- a bargain , I thought.
And here's a pic of the pasta, ready to serve. It went together quite quickly and we had time to eat in a leisurely fashion before time for the debate.