My big sister flew from Oregon to spend a week and and she left yesterday. When she arrived last Saturday I was feeling pretty perky, which is how I like to be when we're together.
Over the years we've united for fun, but also to team up, helping my mom who had Alzheimer's.
We're a good team. We get a lot done and we laugh our way through it. But we weren't a team, this time. She was coming to help me.
But we did have fun for few days when I felt well. And I can say she teamed up with me when we went to chemo. She put on a scarf and some festive beads. We passed time with silly games and talked and gabbed.
And Jenni fattened me with lots of her cooking. Chicken pot pie and stir fry, Tom-Kha-Gai Thai soup, enchiladas and yummy mac-n-cheese from scratch. We were a team again, because she cooked and I ate.
What a treat and so many leftovers!
Before and After
When I felt worse the third day after chemo, we floated in the pool and worked on puzzles.
That was my "worst day" and I expected it. I felt just like I look, in this rocking chair photo... the same rocker that now sits upstairs in our game room.
I wasn't feeling great, but Jenni was leaving the next day and she'd come up with the plan to recreate the old photo pose... even though it was obvious we might have a bit of a problem squeezing in the old chair!
We tried. Don grabbed Jenni's Nikon and we attempted a few shots. I was feeling pretty sluggish, so thank goodness I wasn't having to recreate a leaping pose! But even a resting pose was insanely hard to pull off. It was exhausting... and funny.
The chemo blah in me wanted to say, "Forget it. This won't work." But I wanted to be a good sport. I can't begin to tell you the number of requests I've made of my sister during our child and adult years. Jenni has always gone beyond the call of duty to go along with my fun... as in this list below of 50 things I wanted her to do with me, for my 50th birthday!
I was feeling a little more lively by Saturday. I was well enough to once again push Jenni to do something silly with me. We painted the Styrofoam head that holds my goofy looking half wig. Then we headed to the airport.
Good Times Ahead
And now it's all about the future. I'm looking forward to giddy times ahead, when we are both healthy and game! Thanks Jennifer!
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me. I ranted for a year, until I got my vaccine in March 2021.
Coronary Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was Don who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!