2nd Cycle Begins
We arrived at University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz Cancer Pavilion at 11:00am. We are navigating the system pretty well I’d say as we took it upon ourselves to carry our luggage up to the 11th floor to “Check In” prior to getting his PICC Line in. This accomplished two things – tricking our brains that we were at a hotel by “checking in” and we didn’t look like idiots hauling my Creative Memories bag and our suitcase through the hospital.
Michael endured the PICC Line so much easier this time. It was also so much faster – a mere 10 minutes to put the line in. He was a champ!
We casually made our way up to our room- I think any spouse/care giver of a Cancer patient would agree it’s a joint fight where WE is the only way to go about daily business at this point.
I must say as a care giver, taking care of yourself is equally important as taking care of the patient and yet as the caregiver I admit it’s not so easy to do….. but today I was determined and so we made a few adjustments in our room. I had a table brought in for my scrapbooking essentials and a reclining chair for comfort. I’m writing in the reclining chair and I’ve scrapbooked 4 pages of our European Trip we took the kids on in May. Both are putting smiles on my face.
Michael is fighting the fight. I wish I could say something more uplifting but I can’t properly convey how horrific a treatment BioChemo truly is. There just aren’t words to describe how hard his body must work to get through BioChemo and how difficult the mental aspect of this treatment is on a human being.
Did you know that Sloan Kettering doesn’t even administer BioChemo? For a champion hospital of Sloan Kettering to not take on this beast, is enough for me to know I don’t wish this upon anyone and enough for me to know that Michael is a Champion in his own right!
Speaking of Champions – our 3 Foonberg children are the biggest CHAMPIONS of all!
They are handling their daddy’s condition like true Olympians! Madilynne is spending a lot of time with our summer sitter, Katie and relishing in the freedom. Today she had 2 Red Streaks placed in her mermaid length hair and looks more beautiful than ever – look out Avril Lavine! Madi has even become an Entrepreneur like both Michael and me and started her own Summer Camp for young kids – both her sessions are FULL! Asher is enjoying spending time with Michael and me often working with some construction crew that have been at our home which is his favorite past time and this week he’s learning to Kayak thanks to Avid 4 Adventure. Asher is also “needing” to see daddy during this Cycle so he’s already on his way to the hospital to give dad a hug! Gavin is a sport, just like he truly is and yet he is craving time with his friends – spending many nights at his cousins or friends homes. Although we miss him, we are happy to give him what he needs too!
Tears often fill my eyes when I think about how hard times have been this summer but quickly those tears are replaced with a big smile ( and if you know me and my lips it’s a big smile) when I think about truly lucky we are – 3 fantastic children, great family and friends, the ability for Michael to not work until he wants to…if ever and so much more!
Although this Spring threw us some horrific surprises and this summer is not how we imagined it, at all – we are tackling this disease head on and simply being able to sit with Michael at the hospital for whatever he needs and knowing our children are happy and being taken care of is enough for me!
My Ology of the Day
Don’t wait until tomorrow to be thankful