Well……I’m happy to report that I have felt much better since Tuesday! Praise the Lord! Still snotty and sneezing like crazy and some body aches here and there (I’m assuming that’s from the Lunesta injection I get each time after a chemo treatment)…..but overall, much better than earlier this week.
And today has been a really good day (seems to be the case each time before the next treatment)! It’s like it’s timed just perfectly to psyche you out – to have you feeling pretty “normal” only to go in tomorrow for chemo round #3. But……I’m learning to make the most of the days I feel “normal”…… and just try to do very little and take care of myself on the not so good days. I always have a book (or three) handy – and there’s always thank you cards to write…..so those are good options for the yucky days…..along with Hallmark movies (much to everyone else’s dismay). And if laying around and sleeping is all I feel like doing – well, by golly, I’ve given myself permission to do just that!
My “normal” days this week allowed me to feel good enough to take Hunter to the orthodontist in Durham……..two days in a row! This kid has held on to his baby teeth FOREVER and we couldn’t get his braces til they were all gone. He had one tooth hanging on by a thread – so the orthodontist was able to pull it easily on Tuesday. After that – he said “we’re ready for his braces now”. Well, given the fact that he will start school next Thursday and my current health situation – I asked if there was any way we could get them put on before school started. Surprisingly, they said “sure, can you be here in the morning”? How could I refuse? I’m very thankful that I was able to accompany him to those appointments.
I’m glad I’m feeling good today……physically anyway……mentally, I’m having to wrap my brain around the fact that I will be attending HIGH SCHOOL Open House with my son tonight. HOW CAN THAT BE? It seems like only a few months ago that I walked him into school for kindergarten!! Time surely flies. He’s grown into a wonderful young man right before my eyes. I have a feeling the next 4 years are going to go by even faster than the last 14.
Well….my two boys (the one I birthed AND the one I married) were pretty big Spongebob fans. It seemed appropriate that I use a clip from Spongebob to seque into the rest of my blog entry (since I didn’t finish this BEFORE open house tonight).
We survived open house – I’m still in denial that my child is now a high schooler! But I learned tonight that I have lots of other folks in denial with me! Overall, I’m thankful for the great group of friends Hunter has……and one in particular……crazy Gavin. These two hit it off in 1st grade and have been thick as thieves since then. I love it also because it’s not just a friendship between these two boys – but between both of our families. There is NEVER a dull moment with these two and you NEVER know what you will learn when you spend an hour or so with these cuties!
And can I just say a big “thank you” to all of you who have provided food for our family over the last several months. We have been so blessed to have so many delicious meals brought to us. Whether you cooked or brought take out or treated us out to dinner…..or secretly left tomatoes on the porch for us to make tomato sandwiches – we are eternally grateful. It’s been great to be able to pull things out of the freezer on nights I didn’t feel like cooking! Someone gave us a gift certificate to the new Rising Son Bakery here in town. We were able to use the gift certificate to purchase anything from either Rising Son or the Farm to Home Market……they had some frozen chicken pot pies and I got one of those to have on hand for a quick meal sometimes. I was happy to know that they offer gift certificates. I’m definitely going to remember that the next time I need to do something for someone who is sick.
I must say that I continue to be amazed at the feedback I’ve received after starting this blog. While it’s therapy for me – just tonight I had someone approach me at school to say they enjoyed the blog and that I had no idea how many people were being touched by it. I can’t take credit for that – I have to give all the glory to God. This blog is therapy for me. I’m a words girl – and putting this experience down “on paper” (ha) is good for me. I’ve warned several of my former teachers not to redline it and check for grammar and punctuation errors – I know it’s full of them……but I asked them to show me some grace and just read it for content!
Sending prayers also for the family of a classmate of mine who passed away last night from a heart attack. Awfully young…….life is precious. Every day is a gift. Rest in peace Gary.
So tomorrow I hope to knock out treatment #3 of the scheduled 4 I’m to take of this particular regimen. Treatment days are always full days……..blood work followed by doctors visit and typically a little time to grab lunch and fuel up before the 3 hour chemo session……then the ride back home. The day can be long and exhausting – but any way you look at it – tomorrow gets me one day closer to the finish line and one step closer to being cancer free!
Jeremiah 17:14 New International Version (NIV)
14 Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;
save me and I will be saved,
for you are the one I praise.