My sister in law got here last Saturday. She has been on the East Coast for 2 1/2 years, far too long to be away from our colorful Mexican culture, close family and friends and ¡nuestra comida sabrosa! (Our savory food!).
As soon as she landed, we kicked it off with our beloved Chico's Tacos! It was a food feast! Sunday morning was the best menudo in town! Then a small get together with KFC filling in for my pork roast. It didn't cook in time, so everyone got to take it home instead. Monday was delicious Vietnamese food. Tuesday was my first chemo (more on that later) BUT I was able to enjoy a last bite of one of the best gorditas in town. Yesterday my wonderful family enjoyed tamales! Today the feast contined with my son's delicious cooking - burritos! I've even had a few bites! Here's a picture:
He's become quite the chef! He made me these fajitas a bit ago!
Tuesday was my first chemo treatment and I wish I could say I was brave and full of God's grace. Well, I wasn't a whimpering lion, but I did cry. It was unbelievably difficult to sign the consent form to allow the toxins into my body. But, as one friend pointed out to a magazine cover subtitle to me: "I pictured the cancer leaving my body!" So I focused on that image. But it was hard, really hard. My respect has grown by leaps and bounds for those who have gone before me. You're amazing!
I got a Nuelasta shot Wednesday afternoon. The side affects didn't really hit until Wednesday night. Thank God it's only been severe nausea and fatigue. I slept 24 hours straight.
My daughter and I have been apart for awhile - separated by my kriptonite: Germs. She snuck around the back yard and brought me a care package - which she hung on my bedroom French door handles. My brave poodle guard dogs who haven't left my side didn't hear her. But then she decided she just HAD to see me so she came back to get a better look - and that's when all hell broke looses! Barking poodles! Screaming chemo patient! Laughing chemo patient! My sister in law running in to see what the commotion was about! Daughter fleeing the scene! True comedy! Hilarious!
We finished 1/16 treatments. This is going to be a long tough journey. But we're gonna make it. We really are.
For today that is my truth.