Visitors From N.Y.

January  15

Visitors from N.Y.

My friend Stella and her kids, Elizabeth and Bob came from New York to make me a birthday cake and dinner!  Now that’s what I call service!  We had spaghetti, chicken parmesan, and chocolate cake.  The kids decorated the basement with lots of stuff.  It was fun to see my kids so excited about planning/decorating for  “the Party”.  A most enjoyable day.

January 16

We spent the day watching movies, painting, and Bobo made us a delicious roast beast dinner.


January 17

My Birthday!

Everything is A Okay so far!

Just some sore knees and teeth today.


January 18

Okay, I have a confession to make about yesterday.

I decided it was stupid to stay home on my birthday and sit on the couch and do nothing.

The chemo hasn’t hit me full force yet, so a celebration was in order.

Bobo and I took the kids (Frick, Frack, Elizabeth and Bob) to Funnelz (an indoor playground with slides) in the morning.  Then we went to a nearby Italian Restaurant.  They changed their menu and all the perks to going to this restaurant were now gone (ie:  toys for the kids, Spin the Wheel for a prize on your birthday, make your own pasta selection, etc.).  The salad didn’t taste that great which surprised me because that’s one of the things I used to love about this place, the pasta sauce didn’t taste right, and neither did the bread and butter.  Now that I think about it, maybe it’s the chemo.  However, Bobo didn’t like his pizza either and he didn’t have chemo.  We then took Stella’s kids back to their Grandparent’s apartment.

My children have been bugging us to go see the movie, ”Alvin and the Chipmunks” since we didn’t get to see it at Christmastime due to the swine flu factor; so I gave in and we went to see it.  When it was over, we headed off home.  My older sister, my mom and dad, and Bobo’s parents arrived at our house to share some birthday cake with us, which one of my sisters made.

And that’s pretty much how I spend my birthday.

I think I found the trick to staying on top of Chemo… don’t stop moving.

My younger sister suggested I take some calcium vitamins to combat my sensitive teeth problem and I think she has hit on something there because I haven’t done that in a long time.  Milk makes me asthmatic so I’ve been staying away from it.  I’ve been drinking mainly hot water with lemon because I know it cleans out your liver.

Today, my joints are still sore… mainly my knees and my hands.  And my nose is so dry; it’s been bleeding.  I’m walking around like a chimp again.

I have no interest in washing the dishes because my hands feel so swollen.  If this is what arthritis feels like, I am definitely not looking forward to old age.  And I’m not looking forward to the “electric shocks” going through my body which, if it’s like the last time, should be coming around again soon.  Hmmm…. do ya think.  Will I be lucky and it won’t happen this time?  Man, I hope so.  Chemo is unpredictable.  You don’t really know what is going to happen day by day .

This has been a humbling experience for me who is used to being very independent and doing everything on my own.  This morning I was thinking about my student who passed away of Neuroblastoma and how she underwent Chemo every three weeks for over a year.  I think I would have been very resentful and psychotic if I had to undergo a treatment for that long.  I am so looking forward to my last treatment.  That’s when my oncology nurse said she will take out that bloody Picc. line so I can finally feel what it’s like to have a real shower again.




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