Sunday, August 31, 2012
Sunday was a pretty normal day. Frank was able to go fishing for the first part of the day. I was able to get stuff caught up around the house, we finally got the base board installed after seven years of "forgetting". It was fun for me because I have never used a band saw before, I actually even learned how to cut at a 45 degree angle. My usual great therapy is also to rearrange the living room, so I threw that in for good measure.
Zack has been feeling pretty good today. He worked on his schoolwork most of the day, (or at least that's what it looked like ..smile) The rest has done him good as well. The pattern has been for him to run around non stop on the days he feels well, but then he gets too tired and it's hard to tell him to pace himself when his own mother doesn't do it! The rain has kept him from working on his car, but the rain is a welcome relief for us since the water tables are down so low.
One of my dear friends child is in ICU at the very same hospital where Zack gets his 5 day treatments.. She developed several blot clots in her legs after a biopsy on some polyps. The clots moved up into her lungs and heart. She is 18 years old and an absolute sweetheart. We have been standing near the phone waiting to hear some good news, but her progress is slow. The Doctors say they need to wait for the clots to dissolve before they can see what damage there is to the heart. It is so hard to hear the despair of my friend. She just sits there waiting to see what is next as she watches her daughter'e weak state. I want to be there to take care her, to do whatever I can to make this easier for her and her family, but there isn't anything we can do. We have asked for community prayers, gone online to ask for more prayers. At this point that's all "we" can do.
Trying to continue on with our "normal" day, we three sat down and watched a movie. "The Hunger Games", okay maybe not upbeat and happy happy (DUH), but we like Sci Fi and as far as that goes, it was pretty good. It was nice just to sit and enjoy the simplicity of watching a movie.
Monday, September 1, 2012
Since we didn't make it to see Big John (Frank's Dad) yesterday, Frank and I went today. We had a nice relaxing lunch and as it turns out the server was a man that my family has known for 20+ years. His name is Michael and he remembered back when we had our Antique Shop. He remembered my name as being either Sabrina or Samantha (both of them were witches, was his comment) I get that a lot, so I laughed and told him he wasn't the only one that has said that before. It was so nice to see him, with a high five and big hug.
not to do so. Frank had decided earlier not to tell John about what Zack is going through and everyone was in agreement (we didn't feel he needed to deal with another thing), the problem is, John doesn't drop anything. He kept saying how Zack needed to do this and that, and he just needs to buckle down and commit. I wanted to grab him by the throat and say "you don't know what the Hell you are talking about" "You don't know what the Hell HE is going through right now". I look at Frank who looks so lost and turn to John when a feather falls right in front of our faces, I laugh and show John the feather (which of course makes him forget the conversation).
I almost didn't go today. I have said so many goodbyes to John and each time gets harder and harder. That's why Zack didn't want to go again and we respect that. Now at least I feel that I was able to help someone that needed something more than even John. As we exit the building, I stop at the front desk and tell a nurse about John's habit of "lighting up" while his Oxygen tank is on. The nurse get HIS nurse and as we are leaving, she is telling him the rules.. AGAIN!! .
Being back home, Zack has two of his friends here. He is feeling well enough to go and install the new parts in his car. His hope is that he can drive the car home. (I actually haven't seen it in person yet). Tomorrow is another treatment. We have named them all, this one is the hair removal treatment. Vincristine. It doesn't make him as sick and he doesn't have to return until Friday for labs. While he has his treatment, I will go see my friend and her daughter who are in the Hospital across the street. Zack won't be able to go as protection against getting sick. Even if his numbers are good, there's no reason to take a chance. Next week is the Hospital stay again.
After an emotional day, my plan is to sit and watch TV and just relax. There are so many things going on in our lives that we can't control. Keeping the faith, positive thoughts and friends and family support are key ingredients to surviving! I we are so lucky to have it all!
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