In no particular order:
1. I am done dripping taxotere and carboplatin into my bloodstream!!!!!!!! No-mo-hard-chemo!!!
2. I won the fight with benadryl and stayed awake the whole treatment. This enabled numbers 3 and 4 below.
3. I finished Holly's wedding blanket today. I finished the knitting part over the weekend, but I still had to secure all loose threads, and that is the part that I finished today. It's a pain-in-the-butt task, but overall it has been a fun project and the product is beautiful. I will post a picture as soon as we install the software for our new camera.
4. It was a lovely chemo date with Ian. He drank a BIG cup of coffee from the hospital coffee shop and was downright bubbly and highly entertaining. He walked home, midstream, and returned with hot homemade split pea soup for my lunch (thank you Lori or possibly Louise!!! It was amazing.) He rubbed my ankles. Right now I can hear him serenading the girls with Golden Slumbers as they fall asleep. He is amazing.
5. We scheduled the PET and MRI scans for the end of next week. I have my first surgery consult with a breast specialist in Iowa City on the 22nd. These things make it onto my greatness list because it was such a relief to be healthy enough for the hard chemo today (but only barely...my platelets are 96 and she usually requires them to be 100. A platelet transfusion is on the table when they hit 10), followed by relief to have the next steps in motion. No plan for the second quarter yet, and no surgery date, but we're getting there. Relief.
6. The sun was out in spite of the ridiculous cold.
7. I just read in Elisabeth's comment that the crocuses are emerging in NC. I am so inspired by this news; crocuses are my favorite flower to have in the yard (lilacs are my favorite flower to smell, and carnations and daisies are my favorite cut flowers). Dar Williams has this beautiful song called February, and although I've always appreciated it as a metaphor for a settled relationship, I just discovered that it works as a metaphor for what Ian and I have gone through this winter with my cancer. I am thankful for the crocuses, and for Ian. I'll let you know when the crocuses pop up in our yard.
8. I am so distracted and moved by that song that I forgot what the other great things are. Blasted hormones! Oh yes, Brussels sprouts. Ian peeled, halved, and washed some Brussels sprouts, then roasted them in the oven with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Thankfully my appetite has not yet departed, leaving me free to discover the splendors of this much feared vegetable. It was so delicious: not at all bitter, mildly sweet, marvelous texture. We have been roasting many vegetables lately, our favorites being broccoli and cauliflower. I will never steam again.
9. I took a bath and read more of my awesome book. I rarely take baths (which is not to say that I rarely bathe) because I am so long that a seemingly insignificant portion of my body is actually IN the bath. But today, it was a good choice. So relaxing, and I am reading the best book I've read in at least a year: "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese. Frank, you especially would enjoy it, I think.
10. Ian and the girls went to the Co-op and brought me back some Newman O's with chocolate filling. Got milk? Yes I do.