Friday, April 10, 2020
Hello all you wonderful Spark Friends. I hope you are managing in these very uncertain times. I have to admit, my very favorite day is a day that I don't have to go anywhere so this whole idea of sheltering-at-home is not too difficult for me. Although I do miss my children. I have yet to meet little Samuel Sebastian who is about 4 hours away from us and I've only seen little Roman Anthony when he was 4 days old. But it's important that we all stay safe and I'm okay with that.
Our weather has been quite nice for April - no snow..... yet. So Daisy and I have been able to get out pretty much every day for our walk. I'm anxious to start going early in the morning though because there are so many people out walking now. Daisy likes to meander along, smelling here and smelling there. It's hard to let her do that with people coming up from behind and people passing us on the other side. But she does seem to like that I am not running off to the gym every other day. As soon as she saw me pull out the gym clothes she would go into her kennel to sulk!
I am keeping myself busy by cooking more and trying new things. Who knows, by the time this is all over I may actually enjoy cooking. I've baked bread - something I used to do all the time when I was first married. It didn't rise as much as I would have liked but it sure tasted great. I also made hamburger buns - they rose too much. But I'm learning!
I talked with my niece yesterday who lives in Massachusetts. The doctors discovered breast cancer last fall and for months now she has gone through chemotherapy, had a double mastectomy, and currently was undergoing radiation which was suppose to be the last stage of healing. Then she started having pain around her hip. The doctors first thought it was muscular because she had been sitting so much, so they advised more activity. Nope, that made it worse. Then another doctor suggested a pulled hamstring. Nope to that one either. She finally went to her Oncologist and Yep - cancer. She has a lesion on her hip. But what's even scarier than that - she has something in her brain as well, which accounts for the headaches.
They will treat both areas with radiation to start. Apparently that is all they can do for the brain. The radiation will likely cause some memory loss and she probably not be able to knit for awhile which is something she so enjoys. Once they know more about what is going on in her brain, they will start more chemotherapy.
And the saddest thing I think is that the hospital and doctor's offices won't let her husband be with her anymore. He has been the greatest at taking her to her appointments, staying with her through her chemotherapy, and just the best support system anyone could ask for. And between us, I am rather surprised because at the beginning of their marriage he was somewhat of a I'm-in-charge kind of guy. The last appointment she had she face timed him in so he could hear everything the doctor said.
I have to admit, I am quite worried about her. She is so positive and has such a great attitude which I know is a positive on her side. This has been on my mind pretty much all day today so thank you all for letting me get it out!
I wish you all a wonderful, safe, stay-at-home kind of weekend. I'm thinking about signing up for the Disney app. I feel like it might be time for some wonderful Disney stories of hope and promise. Take care, everyone.