Week 3 – Updates and thank you
Sunday, August 4, 2013
THANK YOU to all those who helped this week in all the ways you know you did. From thoughts to emails, text messages to sitting in chemo with me last Tuesday, thank you. I so appreciate the love and support. Thank you to those who donated financially through this blog. I cried as each donation came in and am deeply touched.
MEDICAL: The week was full of both overwhelming fatigue and gratitude for what and whom I have in my life. Today is 5 days since chemo and only now able to finally stay awake and keep some focus. I think there is more that can be done for the nausea. The pain is not bad at all. The real problem is not being able to keep my eyes open.
MORE THANK YOU: Thanks to my mom, Helen, for coming from Milton-Freewater, OR, to stay with me, organize the myriad of medications, cook my food and keep me company through the hard time. Thanks to my birth mother, Pat, and siblings for the visits, food and for installing a new A/C unit in the bedroom as the weather approaches 90 degrees again. My brother, Dean, along with my old friend from my music days, Stacy Hall, who did the work and made it all right. Nice to have more of my music life come back today when Tim Ellis played guitar during a mass held in my honor through my Portland Executives friends, Scott Pillsbury and Sherrill Corbett Madeleine Church. Thanks to all my good PX friends who joined me this morning. Thanks for those who dropped off fresh Sauvie Island peaches, the great soup and salads – You know who you are. I love you dearly.
FOOD: Groceries and some meals seem to be my main need right now. Thank you to Pasha Gross, my friend of over 20 years, for offering to create an online Google calendar where you can schedule to assist with a bag of specific groceries or meals. She will help organize a “soup wheel,” as I don’t feel like cooking and shopping right now. I have such a specialized diet right now, I know it’s hard to know what to bring. I think this will help.