I'm very tired and sluggish today. The heartburn has subsided...this is good. Today, I feel like I have the flu. Every bone aches and it seems as though every muscle is struggling to survive any movement. Whether I just walk across the room or actually attempt to do something constructive, my muscles spasm and shake which make me feel very unstable. I just need to hang on for a few more days and it will all start to get better.
The kids are home and I'm glad...I missed them. I'm glad my sister-in-law and her family were kind enough to take our kids for the weekend. This really helps me to be able to navigate these first few days of the chemo.
We enjoyed the concert last night. It was in an outdoor amphitheatre and the weather was wonderful. By the time it was over, I was definitely worn out. I slept the whole 40 minute drive home. I had the most wonderful experience as we were walking out! This woman with beautiful short, red hair came up to me and said, "I just have to hug you....I had my final treatment last month and I'm free!! You'll get there too!!!" What a wonderful show of support! I'm not often hugged by strangers but, this was a welcome and joyous encounter. These are surely the moments that I believe God has intended me to cherish forever throughout this journey.
Tonight as we were just settling in, a wonderful neighbor called and it seems that we are next on the list for our traveling Madonna. Our parish has two statues that travel around our parish all year long. We usually sign up for two times a year. I'm so glad she's here with us for the week. This will be a time for special rosaries and special times for the kids! The best part was hearing my little ones say "Mother Mary is here!!" as soon as my husband brought the big box in the house. Perhaps sharing my burden with the Blessed Mother this week is just what the doctor ordered and just what the Master Physician had in mind for all eternity. Maybe tonight I can go to bed dreaming of being wrapped in my Mother's mantle. Sweet dreams everyone.