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April 8, 2012…Easter!

Happy Easter everyone.  I’ll be the first to admit that, though while an imperfect, professing Christian, it’s not always easy to see Christ throughout this process.  Besides being incredibly painful, it’s emotionally taxing as well.  The obvious counterpoint is that I am going through NOTHING to the extent that Christ did on His way to the cross for us.  For that, I am thank ful…His birth, His life, His death and ultimately, His resurrection.  Thank you Jesus!

This morning was NOT a good start!  I awoke at 10:27 a.m. with another MASSIVE migraine.  I had never had a migraine prior to the cancer, and let me just say I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.  At least I now have more sympathy for my wife who gets them semi-regularly.  Having had 5-6 now, all I can say is WOW!  Normally she just goes & rests for several hours & hers goes away…however, I awoke to it, so that in & of itslelf is a bit unusual as far as I’m concerned.  I’m sure just like anything else, that they affect everyone differently.

I quickly remembered that Crystal was visiting with us, so I gathered myself together as quickly as possible & went downstairs.  She & Dawnette were chatting quietly, so I made my way to the kitchen & said good morning, grabbed an ice pack from the freezer & then hit the couch.

I could smell Dawnette had made some banana bread (normally I do all the cooking in the house, but Dawnette has attempted to pick up my slack throughout some of this).  For someone not normally being hungry throughout this process, it was making me hungry!

Crystal made some steak & eggs from the left-overs we had from Texas Land & Cattle the previous night.  Not too big on steak & eggs, but it wasn’t bad.  We had breakfast & chatted for a bit & then Crystal had to get going to head back to Amarillo, so we said our good-byes.

I continued to rest/ice down/relax, etc.  Dawnette & I watched a movie or two in the afternoon, did some work around the house & just really kinda had a lazy day.

Pain: 5

BM x 3

First Day after treatements…

OK, so I got some good sleep AGAIN last night.  After getting to sleep around midnight, I did wake up oncew about 5 a.m. or so to go to the bathroom & get another ice pack.  But I fell back asleep fairly quickly & didn’t wake up again until nearly 10 a.m.!  Plenty of rest, though I still felt “tired”.

After I got up, Dawnette & I went downstairs & had some breakfast (the donuts I had gotten yesterday on the way back from radiation) & watched a bit of TV.  We chatted a bit, talked about groceries, etc. & then I got dressed.

I went outside & got the mower started & mowed a portion of the back lawn.  After that, I took a look at the gate to see why there wasn’t any power.  After taking the silly thing apart, I found that a breaker had actually been tripped in the garage (wasn’t notice upon visual inspection, had to “touch” each one).  Anyhow, Dawnette put &  it back together for me & I finished up the remaining bit of the back yard.

As I did, it was about 2:30 p.m. or so & a friend came over to visit us from near Amarillo, TX.  She had left early in the morning to drive from there, to us.  We chatted for a bit & then I took a shower, followed by Dawnette.  We continued to chat some more & then Crystal did Dawnette’s hair in preparation for us going out to dinner to Texas Land & Cattle with some co-workers (David Urig & Greg Harden) & their spouses.  We got there just before 6 p.m., and though I had made a reservation, TXLC didn’t even seat us till 6:15 p.m. (argh!)

Gotta be honest, it was a great time of chatting & catching up!  Greg is coming back to our account after spreading his wings a bit on a different account & I haven’t seen Greg or David in months.  Matt Bernet was supposed to join us, but he wasn’t able to make it.  Perhaps next time!

A bit after 7:30 p.m., we left & headed home.  We had hoped to have a “Game Night” at our house, but got a lot of last-minute cancellations.  Seemed like some schmuck (me) didn’t put 2+2 together that it was Easter weekend!  Anyhow, the Giger family did join us & we chatted for a bit & we broke break together.  They brought a ” ” dish & I had made some seafood spinach dip along with a pumpkin pie, NY Cheesecake & berry pie.  We chatted for a bit afterwards before they had to leave as Gavin came down with an allergic reaction (to Jaz?).

Dawnette, Crystal & I played some bones afterwards for a couple of hours while we had some wine…Dawnette & I had some Sweet-Walter White Wine while Crystal had something that she had picked up previously.  During that time unfortunately, I had repeated, multiple bowel movements.  I didn’t keep track, but I would “guestimate” at least 6…

Because of it, we called it an early night around 11:30 p.m..  I went upstairs while Dawnette & Crystal picked up for us.  Before Dawnette had made it up, I had another 2 bowel movements.  By then, they were getting increasinly more painful.  I took my meds for the evening (a bit late), and laid down with an ice pack that Dawnette had brought up for me.

That’s about it…

Pain: 6

BM x (too many to count!)