Early morning Proton (6:00 am) and then to the airport to send John home to Vermont. Oh how we will miss him. Such good company, such a good cook, great walking companion …I loved having him around and he gave Jerry a break from driving to Proton every day besides. I wonder if he’ll ever realize how much this week meant to me. We got home from the airport and (as you can see from the title) I am not taking my weight gain too seriously. John’s apple crisp is delicious…no matter what time of day you have it.
John certainly got a taste of our lives here in Houston…very slow (boring)…trips to MD Anderson to sit around waiting rooms waiting for doctors who are running an hour behind time. We met with Dr. Ho yesterday (so far, so good) and he was late. I honestly don’t mind. I remember how much time he gave me to answer all my questions and how patient he was back in November when I couldn’t make up my mind whether to do the extra chemo or not…If someone else needs that kind of time, I can wait. The doctors here NEVER give you the feeling they are rushed and you are slowing them down with your questions…Another thing I like about this place.
We went to the MFA here in Houston yesterday to see the Impressionist exhibit. So many Renoirs…such incredibly beautiful paintings. The museum is huge. We’ll go back. Yesterday we just did the Clark exhibit and the other paintings on that particular floor. Lots more to see and it’s free admission on Thursdays.
We watched a documentary on Netflix the other night…Black Fish. It’s about Sea World and was so disturbing and thought-provoking. Unfortunately it means we’ll never go back to Sea World. As my dear friend, Sonia, said at my very first class with her at UMass, “Once you know, you can never NOT know again.” It’s worth seeing…but it will probably mean you can’t go back to Sea World.
John asked me about my “church music” that I listen to every day during Proton. It’s a playlist that I downloaded from iTunes…just my favorite songs…Here I am, Lord; Be Not Afraid; How Beautiful; City of God; Blest are They; Sing a New Song; Hosea…a mix of things from the 70s (convent days) and from more recent times. The kind of stuff that gives me peace. (We should play it when we’re in traffic…that’s where the real stress happens.) I have more to load on the computer and move to my iPod from good friends but first I need to finish listening to the books I have on the iPod because when I resynch it the books will disappear.
A weekend ahead. What to do? John’s recommending we see Gravity at an Imax…I’ve been checking. I don’t think it’s at the Imax any more but we can still see it in 3D at the theater. Obviously I’m exposing myself to germs but honestly, I’m not going to stay inside for the next month. I won’t go to “Fluville”…even though I’d really love to be with the Littles this weekend…but we’re not staying home either. I can bring a mask and wear it if it seems wise, I suppose.
I just started reading The Rosie Project (thanks for the recommendation, Carol) I’m loving it. Lots of fun.
So it’s all good. I did FaceTime with the kids yesterday. Lana and Calli are taking after school art classes (part of our Christmas present) and Lana had texted me a photo of her masterpiece from this week..then decided to FaceTime so she could tell me exactly how they went about doing their piece. And Declan jumped in to tell us that he can now float on his back. Thank God for FaceTime …we can stay connected so easily. (especially since I am so not happy we’re not on our way there at this very moment.)
We’re hoping to get up to see the Littles in two weeks for Calli’s birthday…missing Declan’s this week. We’ll see. We just play it all by ear. I got an email from a friend today saying she thinks the reason I’m doing so well is that I have such a good attitude. I told her that the problem with taking credit for how well things are going is that if things go south in the next few weeks, it will be my fault. There are lots of reasons why things are going so well…luck, Proton, prayers and good energy from friends and family, my body chemistry and I think the reason I have a such good attitude is that things are going well. My goal is keep that attitude even if things are NOT going well (which according to the doctors I need to be ready for).
Enjoy the long weekend, everyone..especially my teacher friends in Florida and in Massachusetts!