I am absolutely blessed with an amazing family…. Case in point is my sister Sylvia who has stepped in to do another week in Memphis. That is her second week this year. I know vacation time is premium and she has two young sons at home who probably miss her to death…. None of this is unnoticed by me and I am not sure I can ever truly pay her back. Thank you Sly.
While Sylvia has been at St Jude, as in the previous visit, she shares the news of the days. Here are 3 posts from this week.
I am in Memphis this week with Summer and just wanted to give a quick update – there’s really not too much to update. Just a handful of regular appointments, nothing too exciting. All her blood work today came back fine today and the doctors have no concerns right now. We haven’t ventured out much and have just enjoyed some downtime at Target House. I think we are both “indoor cats,” so we have been getting along fine. Tomorrow evening we will head to the hospital, so Summer can be ready to start chemo Thursday morning. Wish me luck sleeping on the crazy couch/bed/chair thing that Eric has spoken so highly of! Hahaha!
These Altoid mints are bomb…. And they are given away by the fun cart that comes through every day. I see Sylvia grabbed some like I did. They make you feel like a million bucks after spending a few nights in the hospital.
And this one is from tonight…. Apparently I am a bed snob, or Sylvia can sleep anywhere. As with anything…. The truth usually lies (pun!!!) somewhere in the middle!
Today was my first day staying with Summer in the hospital and my second night here. Honestly, sleeping the fold out couch/bed contraption wasn’t that bad. I didn’t even need Eric’s blow-up mattress pad (though I am very glad I took Angela’s advice and brought an extra pillow). I must have pretty low standards for beds. 😆 Poor Summer did not have quite as restful of a night, but only because the nurse was training someone new in the ways of St. Jude and it made every vitals check and fluids hook-up take twice as long. She was tired today from the lack of sleep and then had a slough of appointments with speech, PT, the chaplain, and someone from the young adult group stopping by (I can’t remember the name of it off the top of my head – Young Life?). She seemed pretty perky this evening, though, and we watched the original “Spiderman” with Toby Maguire before I was kicked out of her room, so she could call Nate (j/k – she was very polite about it and I got to catch up on my baking show, so it all worked out). Everyone here is super nice and each person always asked if either of us needed anything. Even the nurses, whose top priority is to, you know, keep the patients alive, were offering to bring ME water or coffee. They have bigger fish to fry and I can use an excuse to stretch my legs, so I always fetched my own, but it was a very nice sentiment. Overall, Summer is doing fine, I am doing fine, and Day 1 of her chemo is going as well as chemo can, I think. I was a little nervous about it before I came, but so far so good. ❤️