After each major hurdle has been passed in JJ’s battle with cancer, I always think, “Ahhh! When this particular thing is over, we can REST!” But that is not really so. Or, at least, it hasn’t been so thus far. We still have busy days ahead.
I had trouble sleeping last night so I woke feeling exhausted. Wouldn’t you know that this would be the morning that the oncologist’s nurse called me back? Yesterday I was prepared for her call, but today I was groggy and I think I sounded sort of stupid. Oh, well. I asked my questions and either Friday or Monday JJ will have lab tests, Tuesday he gets his staples removed by our family doctor’s nurse, and Wednesday he has a follow-up appointment with the oncologist. At the appointment, I hope to learn when JJ’s port needs to be flushed and when we need to plan CT Scans.
I was going to call the surgeon’s office today to ask if JJ needed to have a follow-up appointment with him in Indianapolis–hopefully not because that’s a long trip!–but I decided that I would wait until tomorrow when I’ve had enough sleep (I hope) and can sound more intelligent.
EJ arranged to take the car into the repair shop tomorrow. He has to get up early in the morning, but he plans to sleep while waiting for the car to be worked on. Hopefully the repairs won’t be too expensive. I will stay home with JJ.
Our TV is indeed sick. Getting it fixed is farther down the list behind medical bills and car repairs. It’s kind of a bummer because we don’t need any more bills. Plus, we love watching movies…but at least we still have our computers.
The weather was very nice today so I ended up doing quite a bit of walking. I walked to the bank and post office with EJ this morning. After he left for work, I walked back to the post office to buy stamps so I could mail some bill payments today. Then I took Danny for his daily walk, which he loves. Later, I cajoled JJ to take his daily walk. He went a little further today than yesterday. Then when I got him settled back in the house, I walked to the little gas station store and bought milk.
I had intended to paint my bird houses with varnish this afternoon, but I was so tired that I decided to take a nap instead. I dozed for less than a half hour and then I woke. I really wanted to sleep longer but, oh, well, it is what it is. I decided to paint the bird houses after all. I am hoping to put another coat of varnish on them later today. Tomorrow I want to paint the bottoms. Maybe we can get them up soon. Already sparrows are building a nest in the bird house we put up last year.
The young woman who stayed at our house and cared for our pets while we were in Indianapolis wrote a daily journal for me. EJ, JJ, and I enjoyed it so much that I asked her if I could share it with you all. She said that I could. Here it is:
The humans are all still alive and doing well. The canine lives a very sedative lifestyle, but is otherwise doing well. The felines are very emotionally needy, but are doing good 🙂 The cactuses are thriving, but two of the other plants have died.
The human is trying
The cats are obnoxious.
The dog needs a bath.
The plants are over watered 😦
The human has many chores left to do.
The indoor cats have a new hobby of puking in the back room where I walk.
The dog likes to go in and out many times but otherwise has angelic behavior.
The plants are all still alive except one that is dying.
The human has done a great deal of laundry.
Timmy is much more trusting of me. Luke acts sad and like he doesn’t feel good. He was doing great the last couple of days.
Danny sleeps by the door only about 20 – 30% of the time. He loves to be outside in the yard.
The plants are all healthy but sunlight deprived.
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This was our friend’s first time being on her own. She did a good job taking care of everything while we were gone. She said she had a lot of fun.