Sunday, December 01, 2013
I was really fortunate that my chemo schedule happened to have a break that coincided with Thanksgiving weekend. My youngest son (35 years old now), came down to visit from Illinois and we hosted our family Thanksgiving get together yesterday. While I still had low energy levels compared to normal, I was able to enjoy the visit and all the company. It was so nice to have so many people around.
My entire family gets along very well with each other with a few small exceptions. There is no family drama that some people experience over the holidays. Just lots of laughter, talking and enjoying each other's company.
My husband did almost all the cooking and cleaning in preparation for the gathering. I found it really hard to sit on the sidelines for all that, but I knew if I spent my energy cooking and cleaning, I wouldn't have anything left for when the family actually came. It was a terrific lesson in patience for me, but Jim did a wonderful job and I stayed out of the kitchen.
I loved having my youngest son here for several days. He's very shy so that if anyone else is around, he tends to blend into the woodwork. By having him here by himself, we got to really enjoy his company. We played cards and had a football watching orgy on Thanksgiving Day. We also went and had Thanksgiving lunch with my mom at her assisted living place. That made her day, and we didn't have to cook on Thanksgiving Day itself, so that really worked out.
Tomorrow morning (Monday), we are off bright and early to Nashville for my BRCA testing. We will spend the night in a hotel there because I have my first chemo infusion of a different kind of chemo (AC) first thing Tuesday morning. I'm getting nervous about that one because the side effects are typically a lot harder than the last one I was on. What's left of my hair will fall out in about 14 days after that. I'm sad about my hair, but I'm much more concerned about some of the other side effects. Everyone is different in how they respond, so I will have to just wait and see.
I get this chemo every other week for two months. Most people seem to be down for the count for about a full week after each infusion. That's what makes me nervous. I figure I can do just about anything for two months, but I'd rather not have to deal with too much! You may be hearing a lot of moaning and groaning from me for a while. We will just have to see.
In the meantime, today is an absolutely beautiful December day here in Tennessee, sunny and relatively warm. I love it! This good weather makes me happy!
I hope you each have a good day today. I plan to!