Our crazy week is now over. Greg and Lindsay headed back to Seattle and Caitlyn is off to San Francisco to run a half-marathon. My Mom and brother Jim are still in town for a few days, and Ross and Maruja are here for another few weeks. George and I are feeling bad that we didn't get our Crested Butte vacation in with the kids, but we are realizing that when a person is getting chemo you should always get travel insurance because you just don't know what is going to happen.
It is so great to have George home from the hospital. When he was gone the energy of the house was just all wrong. He is doing better - breathing better every day and talking normally (which, for George, is quite an accomplishment because he talks a LOT and very FAST). He is realizing that he needs to schedule in some downtime in order to keep from feeling really bad again, so we are going to plan in some "couch time" for him.
This reminds me of being a little kid in Mayfield Heights, Ohio - my mom made us take naps every day after lunch. Even then I was not a good napper and had to be coerced to ever sit still. Mom would say, "You don't have to go to sleep - just sit on the couch and do something quiet for an hour!" I would usually read a book for an hour while my younger siblings napped. I realized later that the time was mainly for Mom - so SHE could get a much-needed rest during the day!
Anyhow, that is what we are doing with George - he doesn't have to nap, but he has to have time where he is not working on projects or running around at least once a day. We will see how this goes.
With good home cooking he has already gained back the weight he lost in the hospital. He was getting so skinny that I was worried that his butt was going to completely disappear!
Today the weather is so beautiful here in Louisville - mid 70's and sunny - I think we are going to take some nice walks and eat some healthy food and breathe deeply.
George is scheduled to get his chemo on Monday, minus the Bleomycin. Only three more sessions to go - 30 more days. As George said, this is the last big hill where you really want to quit, but you have to keep going because the end is in sight. We just have to get him through this and then he can focus on complete recovery and getting his strength back.