And so today’s moment of happiness despite the news.
In the shower today, I realized that my right armpit appears to be permanently bald.
Not your usual showertime discovery, that’s for sure.
My right lymph nodes were involved in the partial mastectomy and in the subsequent radiation treatments. I admit, I haven’t paid much attention to that area, or the area on the other side. Most of my summer was spent in sleeved shirts due to the surgery and treatment. Shaving was the least of my worries.
Then today…I noticed the difference between left and right armpits.
Well, how bizarre. I haven’t read of this side effect. And I suppose it’s not necessarily a bad one.
I began to think of all the time I could save from now on, with only the left armpit to shave. This past Sunday, in a fit of frustration and too-much-to-do, I yelled at Michael, “I don’t even have time to clip my own toenails! That’s how busy I am!”
Well, now, the gift of time. Armpit-shaving cut in half. So to speak.
Standing under the warm water, I tried to calculate just how much time this would save me over the course of a year. Let’s see…let’s say it takes me 5 seconds to do one armpit, and I do it twice a month. That would be 24 times a year. 5 seconds times 24 times would be 120 seconds. 120 seconds equals two minutes.
This was in my head, mind you. I didn’t have a calculator in the shower.
I could have two extra minutes a year from now on! If I live another 30 years, that’s 60 minutes, which is a whole hour! The year I turn 87, I could have a whole hour of free time, if I stockpiled those minutes, and…
It was round about then that I began to laugh.
Ten seconds a month is not even enough time to get my toenails clipped.
I guess I’ll just have to keep on being busy.
And honestly, except for the days I yell about it, which are infrequent, I’m perfectly fine with that. I yell about it only once in a while. Maybe once a month. And the yelling only lasts about two minutes.
So if I stop yelling about it, that would save me two minutes a month. If I combine that with the ten seconds a month I’m going to save by not shaving my right armpit, then I’ll have two minutes and ten seconds extra each month. If I live for another thirty years…
And I didn’t even figure in how much cash I’m going to save in razor blades! Bonus!
And yes, that helps. Despite. Anyway.