Another great day at therapy!!! Today I walked my furthest...140 feet! It gives me such motivation for tomorrow and next week. I absolutely hate needles, so shots & blood work are a big deal when I have to get them done. I get a shot 3 times a day to prevent blood clots; however, when I am continuously walking 150 feet I will not have to receive the shots! My leg exercises are getting better as well, Jon once again did not have to help me complete any of them. I also increased the weight in dumbbells while working my upper body.
The best part of therapy today was getting to play Wii. There is an older gentleman here who was having a bad day and the OT crew wanted to cheer him up. He enjoys bowling so we bowled together. It gave me a lot to think about and appreciate. I was able to stand and practice balance and moving my arms at the same time. Unfortunately, he is in an electric chair, will probably not be able to stand again, and he had a hard time releasing the buttons on the controller. We had fun together though, and said we will be Wii bowling buddies. It's an amazing feeling to help bring smile to someone else who is having a bad day. I may have cancer and it may have altered my life, but there is always someone else out there that is fighting a bigger battle. Even if it was a simple game of bowling we shared together, I am glad he smiled, laughed and cheered when we both got strikes.
Radiation was a breeze today. In order to keep my mind off the headrest & mask, I thought of my in-law's cottage and how I can't wait for this summer to be down there fishing. I will have to let my father in law he needs a bigger boat to accommodate me now ;) . Just the thoughts of being in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere with my family was enough to make me be at ease, forget about the headrest and take a nap! Before I knew it they were waking me up! So far the only side effect I have is dry mouth. Chewing gum has been doing the trick for now. I will not be receiving any radiation over the weekends.
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." -Leo Buscaglia
Jon and I both are deeply moved by all of your love and support. Thank you doesn't even being to describe how we feel.
"Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care."