Sunday, June 7, 2009
Mike thoroughly enjoyed the golf outing yesterday. He said it was the perfect day to spend with Andy and Andy's friends. He took a nap through about 5 holes and then was ready to play again.
Tyler, Will and Maggie came to visit yesterday afternoon. We had such a great time watching the kids play. Mike and Will started out on the bed in the guest room. They were watching Toy Story until Will decided he wanted to play with toys. Mike told him to go get whatever he wanted. Unable to get the closet door opened (where the toys are stored,) Will returned to Poppy and said: "Door locked, Poppy, door locked." Poppy helped with the door and the toys were brought out. I took a picture when Mike had drifted off but the playing was still going on!
Mike and I went to church at one of the branches of our church in Winchester today. It is always so nice to see our friends there. It was a great service and we feel better for having gone. Mike spoke for a few minutes and everyone was greatly touched.
Mike was instructed on Friday that he really needs to start trying to avoid large crowds of people and also "warm greetings", i.e. hugs and handshakes. You all know that Mike is a hugger and has a good strong handshake. Hopefully you will all be okay for the time being with a fist bump, (that is surely "Obamaesque") an elbow bump, or probably just a warm smile. Mike is still able to give us all that great ear to ear smile!
The chemo starts tomorrow. Mike will take a pill before he goes to bed. He will take an anti nausea medication (with a mild sedative) one half hour before the chemo. The oncology nurse said if there are side effects such as nausea, Mike will probably be able to sleep through them. How great is that? It feels good to finally be getting the treatments started. It makes us feel a little more in control again.
Mike is maintaining his weight quite nicely. He did find out that I have been putting yogurt in his milk shakes and agreed that he couldn't even taste it. He thinks it might be the yogurt that makes the shakes smooth... What a difference a month makes! Mike wouldn't have touched yogurt with a ten foot pole. I have hit on two bread recipes that are really good. And yes, Anita, all good Mormon women have a Bosch! I don't have a wheat grinder on mine, but I mix the bread with it nonetheless. I can make 3 loaves at a time... I hope Mike doesn't come out of this process looking like a bald dough boy!!
I seem to be very, very slow getting thank you notes to everyone. Please know just how special each of you are to us and how much we appreciate your goodness and service. Hannah created some note cards for me and I hope to get some written today. You will be impressed with them. (The card design, not necessarily the message, though I will try hard with that too. :)