If you are one of those people who abhor roller coasters (like me), you’ll get what I mean. The ups and downs are not that much fun, really. We’ve seen most of the effects predicted for the first chemo treatment now (with some unexpected), and it’s hard not to dread what it will feel like when we get slung around the next blind corner. Note to chemo: you’ve been on all the rides now, so let’s settle down for a nice cold drink and watch the fireworks!
One thing that really seems to help is getting up and out for some fresh air and steady exercise. Not always at the top of your to-do list when you are not feeling good, but in Sherri’s case getting out and walking for a few miles on her favorite trails in the Pennypack Trust seems to get the system charged up for action. We’ve had a few breakthroughs after a long walk, though we’ve found limits on that too (maybe some days are meant just for rest).
Sherri has made an effort, generally with success, to be present for the girls as they prepare for school each morning and often in the evenings too. She’s made breakfast, packed lunches, braided hair, and does their homework when they can pay her (OK, she’s a teacher, so of course the girls get only appropriate guidance…). Sherri gracefully accepts household chores whenever she is able, because they are the great normalizer. Pacing herself is the name of the game.
Next up: Meeting on Wednesday with another oncologist referred by Sherri’s GI specialist at UPenn. Then the next chemo infusion on Thursday.
We’ve appreciated all your hopeful, helpful, tactful, physical, emotional, and spiritual support. Our love to all. Thank you!