Almost time for another 5 day round of chemo. We're starting Tuesday this week so I don't miss EB's band concert tomorrow night. And I'm getting admitted to the hospital for this round. Kendall's mom will be here to take care of meals and stuff, so I am going to chill out in the hospital for a week with my laptop, my ipad, and a couple of books. I don't know if it will be easier on my mentally than going in every single day but we've decided its worth a shot. Oh, I'll be doing some knitting too if I can trap Angie into giving me a little help this week! I really enjoy knitting, just not very good at it!
So, I will see Dr Keedy & have my labs done on Tuesday morning followed by admission & round 1 of the Ifosfamide-Etopocide. I'll get it every day this week including Saturday then get out of the hospital on Saturday. If you're bored & want to visit, come on by - email me first so I can tell you what room I'm in.
I read an article in the paper today about a lady my age who had a baby & at the same time discovered she had uterine, ovarian & who knows what other kinds of cancer. She's in the midst of the chemo & has also created a blog. Reading the excerpts from her blog in the paper (she is much more poetic & elegant than I am in terms of writing), I was struck by the similarities in not only our situations, but our approaches to dealing with it. She's attacking it head on much like we are. Although I will likely never meet her, I can't help but feel a deep connection to her & her family. And I hope her outcome is wonderful!
Our garden isn't doing so well & we don't know why. It has plenty of water and plenty of sunshine so we are suspicious of a lack of nutrition in our soil. Our sweet neighbors took a sample to the extension office for us so we should know something this week. It did rain quite a bit this weekend which seems to have helped out some. Remember what Emilia said about cancer being my rain? I was struck by that comment again when she & I were out in the garden today. Why does the rain do the plants so much more good than our expensive & consistent drip irrigation? Same reason why cancer has done our family so much more good than our carefully planned & executed daily lives I suppose. Anyway here are some shots from the garden for your therapy this weekend!
|Love this picture of the pansies with raindrops on them.|
|Emilia in the garden (no its not cold enough for that hat!)|
|Our sweet corn is coming up!|
|A beautiful orange lady bug & a lot of water droplets on our pea vines|
|What is that we see? YES it is a pea pod. I know its nuts to be so|
excited about some dumb pea pods but we really are.
|These are our potatoes.|
|And Eri planted her own row of sunflowers a couple weeks ago.|
She loves to watch them grow!
|We have watermelons & cantaloupes that are|
looking good. Honeydews in the same area are all
but dead. Go figure.
|Our second bluebird family this year! This time there are 5 eggs.|