this weekend, mom’s spirits were up for the most part. we met with her oncologist for the first time last week – his name is sohail syed and he’s pakistani. he’s the right kind of doctor for mom. he just tells her what to do – as in, let’s start chemo this week. i think she likes her doctors clear and confident in their recommendations. it makes her have to think less. she’s rather not be empowered with the decision, but put her trust in the doctors she aligns with.
so…chemo starts this thursday and goes every three weeks for a total of 4, 3-hour treatments. dad and i will be with her at the sessions playing electronic sudoko and whatever else to distract her from the taxotere and
cycholophosphamide surging through her.
ahila and i took mom to naimies in the valley to find a wig for her. we found her one. she will end up having better hair than me or ahila. she
will have luscious 25-year old hair. we might have to thin it down just a little to keep our jealousies from taking over!
i also got a book called "what to eat if you have cancer." i figure i could pack lunches for all of us for these thursdays since kaiser has posted signs saying that they have stopped their lunch service for chemo patients. they
recommend we bring a packed lunch. easy enough. apparently nutrition can be the difference between low energy and energy enough for a toddler during chemo. i’m aiming for the energy of a insolent teenager. that would
suffice and be funny.
okay…here are the dates so you can light a candle or say a prayer extra:
thursday, may 10
thursday, may 31
thursday, june 21
thursday, july 12 (we’re done!!!!)
sohail the pakistani gave us the go ahead for the wedding and mexico and thought it would be lovely for mom to get to travel. he said if her immune system is a bit knocked down, then they’d give her a shot of neupogen to jump start her white blood cells enough to make the trip.
by god’s grace, we are getting through the days just fine.
thank you for all of your love.