Last night, I signed off on an email as the “Executive Directory” of an organization. That extra “y” laughed at me after I pressed the send button.
Today, while supervising a game between four kindergarten students I kept losing track of whose turn it was. While it was frustrating to fail at something as simple as overseeing a game between four children, I was thankful to be there. I know that if my immune system becomes depleted those visits will have to come to a halt. (Sales pitch for reading to elementary school students: It’s an excellent way to connect with children, takes very little time, and it’s fun!)
As to other side effects, I continue to fare pretty well. This past Friday marked the end of my first two-week round of chemo pills; side effects were kicking in by Thursday afternoon. The best way to describe it is that I felt “unplugged.” No energy at all. That only lasted through the weekend, though. Now that I’m off the pills I’m starting to feel more like myself. My feet still feel like they’re burned on the bottom and my voice tends to come and go, but overall things are not too bad at all.
I’ll enjoy a pill-free week before having another infusion on Friday. Then I take pills for two weeks and get another week off before doing it all again. If the side effects continue to remain mostly under control I’ll be extremely grateful. More than that, I want the chemo to work! In the words of Lady MacBeth, “Out damned spot!”
I can’t close without saying again how grateful I am for your prayers, kind words and support. We’re not meant to travel through this world alone, and I am proof that being surrounded by a loving and praying community can make all the difference when life takes us on rocky paths.
With love and appreciation,