It’s been well over a week since my last blog. It’s not that I’ve been ignoring the blog, it’s just that there’s been nothing to blog about. After the last blogs, Adventures in Chemo etc, life has been pretty quiet. That’s a good thing since there was all kinds of action in the Sousek household over that several day period of time.
There’s only three weeks to go until Patty is done with the chemo! Only two more infusions in the next three weeks! Can you believe it! December 14th can’t come soon enough! We’re both a little nervous about the next two infusions since we’ve really noticed an increase of the intensity in the side effects after the last couple treatments. I told Patty that I’m really going to be strict about what she does, or attempts to do, after the next infusion. Last time she was so weak. I don’t want to be driving her to the emergency room at midnight because she fell or passed out! You know how she can be. She’ll start feeling good, then she’ll do too much! Not this time!
Speaking of the emergency room, yes, Patty had her stitches removed. It actually looks pretty good. Much better than, as she’d call it, the “Frankenstein” look… no hair, missing a boob and stitches across her forehead. It’s a good thing she’s so pretty. Not everyone could pull that look off! She can!
Patty’s taster is back! Yippee! It’s been back a few days! That means we get to eat real food. I grilled a couple of steaks on Friday night. What a treat!
It’s been cold, rainy and crappy here the last couple of days, so yesterday I made some Turkey/Tortilla soup. It was perfect! Today will be more “comfort food.” Just not sure what to do yet. This was kind of funny… I was at the grocery store yesterday to pick up things for dinner. I was in the produce department and looked over and saw a woman from behind whom I thought was Patty. She wasthin and wearing a white hoodie like Patty… jeans… a pink ball cap and it was obvious she was in the throws of chemo. I thought to myself “What the heck is Patty doing here since she just sent me to the store?” I was going to sneak up on her and do something (I didn’t know what, but you know me, it would have been something completely stupid but still would have had a good element of surprise). As I got closer to her I started to think… “what if it’s not her?” I got closer, trying to figure out if it was Patty or not… closer and closer. The woman turned around and looked at me with a disturbed look as if she was thinking “What? Hasn’t this guy ever seen a woman with no hair before?” I quickly realized it wasn’t Patty. The woman turned back and dug around the broccoli. I felt stupid for starring so I approached her and said: “I’m sorry. I thought you were my wife. She’s going through chemo also.” The woman gave me a polite laugh and said: “I get that all the time.” She turned around and went back to her broccoli! I walked off thinking that was a really strange thing to say. She just blew me off thinking I was some pervert! Oh well.. that’s probably not the first person with that thought!
Speaking of weather… like I said, it’s been really cold, crappy and wet here. But, I really feel for our friends up north! We’ve been watching the live “cams” in the Tahoe and Placerville area and wow, this is really early for this strong of a winter storm! I’m sure our house in Pollock Pines has a couple of feet of snow! In a sense, I do somewhat miss it, but one thing that I’ve learned living back in San Diego is that you don’t have to shovel rain!!! The snow is beautiful, and you always look forward to that first snow, but it sure is a lot of work! Plus, I had that horrendous drive to work each day. I don’t miss that in the least!
Here’s a couple pictures of Tahoe’s first snow of the season! Yuck!
Thursday is Thanksgiving! Patty’s next infusion is Tuesday, two days before Thanksgiving. She should be ok on Thursday, but then again, if it’s anything like last treatment, the fatigue kicked in on Thursday night. So, we’ll just have to play it by ear and see how things go. Patty’s son, Nate, and his family are coming out from Arizona on Tuesday to spend the holiday. Patty’s not only excited to see them, but our granddaughter, Mia, will be here! As I said before, I really have to keep an eye on Patty so she doesn’t try to do too much!
You know we’ve been living in that tiny condo the past 10 months. Yep… 708 total square feet! Pretty tight to say the least. We had just started looking for a house when Patty’s diagnosis came up. We decided back then to get through this journey before we started looking again. So, that time has come. Patty has just three weeks to go and we’ve decided to start looking again. We’re prequalified for a loan so here we go! I’ll keep you posted on how the house hunt is going!
Like I said, life has been pretty “normal” these past 10 days or so. We haven’t had to face anymore “Adventures in chemo.” Patty has been doing really well. I wish there was more to report, but as they say: “No news is good news!”