Written Jul 31, 2011 12:40am
When I was in the hospital on my birthday, Branden was planning a “birthday extravaganza” for me (as he called it!). I have been home over a week now, and am feeling better each day, so we decided to do something fun this weekend for my birthday.
This week I think my body has been in recovery mode. I feel hungry all the time and still tired a lot too. So basically, I eat and sleep a lot!! I have had a few days when I wondered if I was getting sick again. I was tired or dizzy a lot. But then the next day I would feel great. Overall, I am feeling better each day, and am so happy and excited to be feeling well and to be home and enjoying my family and friends.
So yesterday after Branden got off work we left for Park City to begin my “birthday extravaganza”. We went out to eat, and drove around Park City a bit. I was feeling very dizzy and tired, and I was frustrated about that because I wanted to feel good for our fun weekend. So we stayed at a hotel, ate some dessert and watched a movie. It was so fun.
Then we decided that we both had not been getting enough sleep lately, so we each took a sleeping pill. (We don’t normally do this, but felt that we really needed a good night’s sleep.) I guess it really worked, because we slept in until about 10AM!! We got a late start on our day, but then we went to a delicious little restaurant on Main Street in Park City and ate some amazing french toast with carmelized bananas and strawberries on it.
I am telling you, I have become a pig since I left the hospital!! It feels so good to be able to eat, and I feel better when I eat a lot each day. I have probably gained about a pound back each day since I left the hospital! I am still about 5 pounds under my normal weight, but I probably better slow down the pigging out a little!
After our fun brunch, we went to the outlet malls and shopped for hours. We found some great bargains and basically we each got new ward robes!! It was fun, and great weather to be walking around outside. I felt so good today. I was surprised that I was able to walk around for so long and feel good all day. I guess shopping gives me power!!! (Maybe the super long sleep and all those calories from the french toast had something to do with it too.)
We decided to finally come home this evening. My niece was watching our kids, and it was fun to see them after being away overnight.
I should be able to go to church tomorrow for the first time in several weeks. That will be nice, and great to see people. I have loved seeing some friends this week. It is great to see people after living in the hospital so much lately.
I received a beautiful blanket from some church friends in San Diego. It was a quilt that they had made that had some encouraging words on it as well as signatures of many of my friends. I was also sent some nice cards. I almost started to cry when I read the words on the quilt.
I am continually amazed at how many people are willing to serve my family and help us in so many ways during this time. I am just so grateful for all of you. I have received so many cards, little gifts, meals, visits, childcare, and other services since I have begun chemo. Many times I have turned down help that has been offered to me just because we have already had so many other people who were lined up to help us. It is all from friends and family members who just decide to care about me and my family, even though they have plenty of stuff going on in their own lives to keep them busy, I am sure!!
I am thankful that I am feeling so well now. I have a list a mile long of stuff I need to get done after being so sick these last few weeks. I am trying to get stuff done, but I can’t catch up all at once. I am just glad to be home!!!