August 10, 2009 For some reason, I am beyond tired today, so lucky for you, I’m writing a quick update tonight! Today was the first of three days of mommy/daughter time. We drove this morning to Nickajack Lake where we met my parents for a picnic and had a Jake handoff. I thought he might cry when he realized I wasn’t coming with him, but when I kissed him goodbye and told him to have a good time, he yelled, “Come on, Gwandad, wet’s go!” I think these couple of days will be good for both kids, although Tanner and I admitted we already miss Jake.
Tanner and I got home around 2:30 and were at the pool by 3 pm. I decided the YMCA pool would be safe for her this week, since school has started and there won’t be many people, especially kids, there. So, for the first time this summer, we were able to go to the Y pool. We swam for 2 straight hours and I mean swam. No sitting on the side, no crawling around in the water; we spent most of the time in water over her head. When we left, I was exhausted and thought she was too. But, after dinner, she decided she wanted us all to go for a bike ride together. John and I usually don’t ride our bikes with the kids, since Jake is so little, so this was a special treat for her. We rode all around the neighborhood, then over to the school and around the parking lot and building several times, then back home. She rode up all the hills and blew both our minds. How is this possible?!!! How can someone taking this much chemo still have so much energy? It is almost bizarre.
While her energy level is good, she is definitely experiencing the side effects of the chemo and had some trouble sleeping last night. I had to give her painkiller last night for the first time in 3 or more weeks.
She wants to go see a movie tomorrow… again, something we haven’t done since she got leukemia. We will go at an odd time and throw a blanket over the seats and relish the moment.
I’m going to sleep now to try to rest up and be able to keep up with her tomorrow.