Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Good days, bad days...

10 days out from the 4th round of chemo now. The post title says it all...sometimes it changes by the hour.  I'm not going to elaborate; I'd rather try not to think about it when I don't have to!

Bill and Laura drove in from Colorado last weekend for the family birthday party for his brother and him-it's gotten so hard to get everyone together that my nephew's birthday has been mixed in as well. It was fun to  watch everyone playing baseball, though I miss being able to take a turn at bat or in the outfield. Maybe next year...

While they were here they told the rest of the family that they're expecting their first child-that definitely put everyone in a happy place, and combined with the first really nice day of spring (78F. and sunny with a light wind) it was just a wonderful day. Dottie grilled chicken (I'm a bit wary of getting too close to an open flame when I'm on bottled oxygen) and the day before she had made two apple pies (Bill's choice for his birthday "cake") and a toll pan cookie (John's choice for his). My sister brought a crock pot full of "cheesy potatoes" and ice cream, and everyone had a great time.

I didn't do much, but I'm at the "low ebb" from my last round of chemo and just being out in the fresh air for 7 or 8 hours was enough to have me exhausted by the time we came home. There are times that "tired" just doesn't cover it...these past few days have been one of them!

May the week be kind to each of you!



Taradharma said...

Alan, what a surprise to see your comment on my blog! A blast from the past. I see you have been laid low by cancer and I'm sorry to hear that. I read a few posts, and some of your experiences sound really painful and scary. Hospitals are the pits, but they do save our hides most times. I have a few PICC line stories I could share with you!

Hang in there, rest up, be good to yourself. It is good to reconnect.

robin andrea said...

So glad to see a post here, alan. I've been wondering how you are. Chemo is so hard on the body, and yet here you are writing posts! Have you noticed any "chemo-brain" side effects? Roger had that in a pretty big way. I'm happy to report that it all does resolve, after a while. You really will get back to your good self again!

Sassy said...

Awww Alan, I had no idea. It's been a long time since I've been here. I am praying for you. Thinking of you, my friend!

Doris said...

It might have been beyond exhausting but what a lovely get together with family. I'm still imagining a crock containing both cheesy potatoes AND ice cream! LOL

The weather has turned here too and it has been so welcome to have the warmer moments.

You reflected on not being able to bat and I think how much I'd hate not to be able to do some cooking on the barbeque.

At least the joy of new life will always trump everything. Congratulations and hugs to you Alan. xxx

Anji Knutsen said...

A new baby coming is always good news. Glad that you had a good (if not tiring) day.

I'm wondering about those cheesy potaoes and ice-cream too!

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