Sleeping 'til Saturday and Mom's Birthday

April 12th, 2007 - 9:39pm by Mom
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I called Kevin's nurse today to see how he was doing. He has wrapped himself up in a sleep cocoon and probably won't emerge until Saturday morning--his coping mechanism for the chemo rounds. He usually doesn't remember anything much about the 5 days--just one fuzzy haze involving nausea, utter fatigue, muscle spasms, and the mind blocking sleep. The excessive sleepiness also comes from the tons of anti-nausea drugs that are pumping in conjunction with the toxic waste which also cause sedation.

Damn, the years go by too fast!! Another birthday! But I keep telling myself, I'm not getting older, just better! Since Dick and I have different work schedules, our contact Monday through Thursday is blowing kisses over the phone lines and sharing the bed between 3 am and 6 am. That is why we treasure our weekends. There are often little surprises left for me when I come home from work--but today my curly headed bunny left something special. The counter was covered with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and CARAMELS--8 different decadent varieties!

But the very best thing was so special--my very own rock cairn! For those of you who don't know how special that is--here is an explanation. One of our favorite things to do when we travel out west is to hike and climb around in the beautiful rock formations--especially in Utah. Since you are walking on rock, the trails are marked with small piles of stones that are layered on top of each other (called rock cairns) and spaced strategically to help you stay on course. Believe me; it is very easy to get lost out there when no building is in site for miles.

I have fallen in love with these rock cairns--I can't really tell you what makes them so special for me, but they are dear to my heart. I have no idea where Dick found this rock cairn, but it is beautiful! Now I realize that there are many of you out there who would not view a pile of rocks as a very romantic or awesome gift--but for me, there isn't anything else I could have received that would have been as meaningful and special as this. Okay, I know some of you will now think I have officially "lost", but let me assure you, I am as sane as the rest of the clan (which probably isn't too reassuring).