We all regularly wonder “what did we do before _____ (cell phones, computers, the Internet, fill in the blank)”, and my breast cancer journey is no exception. I thank God every day for my electronics. These wonderful gadgets have kept me sane and connected:
- When I packed for my hospital stay, I took the usual jammies, toothbrush and slippers. But I also packed my iPhone (and charger), my Zune and my Kindle. I almost charged up the netbook but decided that was probably overkill for a day or two in the hospital.
- This blog has been a great way to keep so many people informed. My average daily hit is 185 (very exciting!). Just imagine trying to keep that many people updated otherwise!
- My iPhone has really been my lifeline. First, it has allowed me to blog from anywhere. Wordpress.com has an app that makes the process super easy from my phone. This enabled me to provide real-time updates on the day of my surgery (a nice distraction, even if it did shock some of you!)! I was able to blog from the pre-op area, the hallway where I waited for nuclear medicine, my CT machine and my hospital room. I can manage content, comments and watch my stats, all in the palm of my hand.
- The iPhone also allowed me to text and check emails during those days, as well as to take an occasional call from family and friends. Using the land line in the hospital room seemed so… archaic!
- Now that I’m home, my laptop is pretty much an extra appendage, for doing most of what I did on my iPhone. When the power went out for a few hours on Saturday, I almost panicked, but then I remembered my iPhone. With that I was able to check with PPL on the status of our power outage, as well as check with others on Facebook. Of course, when the iPhone battery dropped to about 30%, I started considering sitting out in the car to charge it! Luckily, the power came back on, just in time.
- Netflix streaming… I’ve been able to watch several of the movies I’ve been wanting to see, without ever leaving my couch! Streaming is, of course, connected to my Wii.
- Google, my beloved Google. No other search engines compare, in my humble opinion. Where else can I learn about sentinel node biopsies, the definition of “pescatarian” and “micrometastasis”, conversion of centimeters to inches, and 37 ways to tie a scarf, or get help with movie names for my cleverly titled blogs. 🙂 (In case you haven’t noticed, all my titles are either movie names, terms or quotes. It goes with the “lights, cancer, action” theme…) I have been able to Google information on everything from staging to drains, wigs to camisoles, and vegetarian recipes to inspirational quotes.
- Facebook. Say what you want, but I love Facebook. It’s been especially helpful this past week or so, pretty much acting as my social life. I have been able to stay connected to so many people, enjoying everyone’s updates and photos.
- Amazon.com: my favorite shopping place! I’ve ordered school clothes for Ethan, vegetarian recipe books, and even some Christmas gifts!
Thanks to all of you for being on the other end of my technology!