We left Flower Mound before 9:00 this morning. The forecast was just too scary to wait around. Freezing rain, sleet, snow, icy roads..yuk..And getting worse as the day progressed. Better to head out and head south to Houston. As a result, we had clear sailing all the way to Houston (some nasty rain but not freezing rain), made it home in record time..enough time for a nap and I still could get things done that were on my “to do” list. Quiet house…Kim flew out this morning. Anne and Clark are away on business until Tuesday night.
We had such a good time last night at dinner at Macaroni Grill. Calli picked it. She loves their mac and cheese and loves being able to draw on the table (paper table cloth, lots of crayons for the kids) The waitress was one of the sweetest, loveliest young women I have met in a long time. She made a fuss over Calli, took such good care of all of us and sang “Happy Birthday” in Italian to her when she brought her little cake at the end. Calli was enchanted. We all were.
So we’re back for the final two chemos, final nine Protons. We met with Dr. Ho’s PA on Friday…great guy who could answer my long list of questions about the next steps. Lots of things on the calendar already…everything, really, except the surgery…the CT and PET scans, the echocardiogram, ECT, endoscopy, meetings with doctors, bloodwork…We have a full calendar beginning on March 20 (although I think we might make a quick trip to Flower Mound for the weekend during that time) The only reason, it seems, that they would NOT do surgery is if the CT or PET scans showed that the cancer had really spread to multiple sites and it wasn’t worth it…Then we’d so back to more chemo first. They would postpone surgery, however, if I wasn’t strong enough. Kevin, the PA, emphasized that I need to “get ready” for this with a high protein diet, plenty of rest and exercise. It sounded like I was getting ready for a marathon…the way he described it. I guess in a way it is.
So I’m going to be pretty obsessive, I guess, about protein smoothies and becoming even more self absorbed than I am already. Lord, I can be tiresome.
I’m “wiped out” tonight…probably from the trip. It takes major energy to climb the stairs tonight. Time to curl up on the couch and watch some of the Super Bowl until Downton Abbey is on!
I did some reading about the surgery and recovery last night. I guess I was ready to take a look at what’ s ahead. It isn’t pretty but lots of people have gone before me and come out the other end and I will too. This is such a good place to be. They’ve done so many of these. I know they’ll take good care of me and all will be well. What’s the saying “All will be fine in the end. If things are not fine, it isn’t the end.”
A few good quotes. Erin had them on her Pinterest site. Thanks, Erin. So much continues to “go right” in our live…most recently the trip back to Houston from Flower Mound. Life is not perfect, but, oh yes, life is wonderful.