Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bits and Pieces

~I have had a great coffee week! First this...

and then I discovered this:

~The calendar says we are just days away from the official start of fall, but you wouldn't know it if you came to Dallas. Any day that has a heat index of less than 100 degrees is a good day. Come on, autumn!
~Fall may not quite be in the air yet, but change certainly is. My Hubby took a leap of faith and a good opportunity and began a new job this past week. He resigned from his position of five years and went to work for a Fortune 300 company that specializes in metal products as a senior network engineer. The biggest change? He is going to an office every day as a regular 8-to-5er. The best part is that the new job requires only about 10% travel...significantly less than what he has been doing. I am so proud of him, and so very thankful for God's provision.
~This is my bye week for chemotherapy. I was very much looking forward to a "normal" week with nothing medical going on, but it was not to be. The instant I woke up on Tuesday I knew that something wasn't right. I was dizzy and lightheaded, and my heart was beating fast and hard. My amazing friends stepped up to help with the boys, and I laid low most of the day. When it wasn't better on Wednesday, my chemo nurse helped me make an appointment with a general practitioner that Dr. M trusts. Turns out that what I was experiencing were anxiety attacks. Although I don't necessarily feel anxious (or any more so than usual), the GP explained it like this: You can only stretch a rubber band so far, or put so much tension on it before it snaps. Thanks to cancer and chemo, my body can't handle life as well as it used to. The anxiety attacks are my body's way of saying, "Whoa--this is too much!" I am trying to listen and take it easy, and with the help of a new medication, I have felt better the last few days. Still, I am a little bitter that there is another medical thing to worry about. Sigh.
~I keep finding the little cowboys perched here:
and Gus hanging out here:

~Two dear friends had to say goodbye to their beloved pets this week. My heart aches for them in their losses, and I have snuggled my Abby dog just a little tighter in the last few days.
~Baby and I baked chocolate chip cookies together as an after-school treat for his brothers. As we put them in the oven, he said to me, "Mommy, this has been a good cookie experience."
~One of the most bothersome side effects of my chemo is peripheral neuropathy. I have it in my feet, and I want it to GO AWAY.
~I bought razors this week for the first time in six months. It has become necessary to shave my legs every few days.
~My brother is getting married this afternoon. There will be a whole other post about that later, but for now...I see his joy and it fills my heart.
~My family drank 4 1/2 gallons of milk last week. I think it would be cheaper and more efficient for us to have a cow in our backyard.
~I have really, really amazing and caring friends.
~My sister was in a car accident this week. She was hit by an ice cream truck. She is completely fine, but her husband's Mercedes Benz is definitely NOT. I'm not a bad sister, but I giggle every time I think about that ice cream truck. And they didn't even offer her a fudgesicle!


Amy said...

I will gratefully shave my legs tonight in your honor! lol :) The little (and sometimes bothersome) things we take for granted....

Shellie said...

Yay for less travel for Hubby!

wilsonfamily said...

YEA for Clint's new job! I'm so happy to hear that. It's so great to see how God is answering our prayers. I'm also very happy to hear that you bought razors, that Jenny is okay and that you have Abby girl to love on right now. I will continue to pray that the neuropathy goes away and that your anxiety level will decrease. As always, loved your post.

Amanda said...

Great news about the job! Sorry to hear about the anxiety attacks. I had similar experience a couple of years ago. I didn't feel stressed, and it was explained to me like this. "You don't feel stress because your body is absorbing all the stress." Hence, the rapid heart beat and high blood pressure. Our bodies are wonderous things!

That Guy said...

4 1/2 Gallons of milk in a week?!

Just wait until they hit puberty. I was knocking down 2 gallons myself around Jr High through High School. The best thing that ever happened to my Mom was me getting the job at Randalls...

...she never bought another gallon of milk.

..or Peanut Butter & Jelly.

...Ice Cream.



Pretty much anything I would decimate upon immediate arrival into the house.

CRIM said...

the whole Randalls thing back fired on me - that just meant I had to purchase it and bring it home - on my moped!!:-) love Gus!!! and love you:-)