Saturday, September 17, 2011

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off to Work I Go

It has been a busy, fun-filled but overwhelming week! Cancer side-effects tagged along the entire time but I am trying my best to not let them get in the way of my everyday activities. 

We had our first weekend getaway without Evan and the boys. My dear friend Katie had a beautiful wedding up in Elk Rapids. She looked stunning, the weather was magnificent and Brian and I had a wonderful time hanging out with our closest friends. Katie had a quaint beach wedding and the reception was held under beautiful white Christmas lights right on the water. I wore my long hair since I was trying to "fancy" it up.

Brian and I decided to take advantage of our weekend away and stay up north on Saturday night too. We started our morning by taking a day trip over to Sleeping Bear Dunes. It was the first time I had ever been over there. I was especially interested since Sleeping Bear was voted the Most Beautiful Place in America recently. Brian and I took the driving tour, until we saw a chance to get out and climb the dunes down to Lake Michigan. The walk/run down was so fun - big flying leaps while you effortlessly make it to the bottom. The climb up looked steep but it didn't look impossible. And that is a lie. It is impossible. It was probably one of the physically hardest things I have ever done. Since I had chemo on Monday, I was still dealing with the muscle aches and joint pain, as well as my nose bleeding. Therefore, keeping my head straight down and crawling on all fours was not the best idea. But, step by step and inch by inch, I made it up the dune. There was a lot of symbolism in making that climb for me. It was a beautiful view and worth it to go to the bottom and see it, but I wasn't sure I would be able to make it up on my own. Brian stayed with me, by my side, during each sweaty step. We took a lot of breaks, and it certainly wasn't pretty, but I made it. And believe it or not, I even passed a few people (like one really old person, but it was a pass).

Brian and I finished our Saturday with some great massages at the Grand Traverse Spa and then headed to Leland to watch the sunset and visit the fishing shacks. We found a cute little restaurant called The Cove and enjoyed some fantastic whitefish. I really missed Evan during our weekend away and we called Nana Moni at least twice a day to see how he was doing, but it was a great weekend for Brian and me.

It certainly was a good way to spend time before I headed back to work on Monday. I was very nervous to be away from Evan, manage my work life with my home responsibilities and be an effective team member. I am happy to say that my first week back was pretty great. It was nice to see my colleagues and get caught up on all of the changes that have occurred in the past four months. I also had a chance to spend an entire day with my teammate Laura, who was my "other half" at work for two years! It was great to spend the day laughing, learning and brainstorming just the way we used to. We topped our day off with our old teammates, Courtney and Stacey for a laughter-filled dinner at Ukai Steakhouse.

The Herceptin has been pretty tolerable, especially compared to the Taxotere. I have had a few days of extreme fatigue and am still having joint pain and nosebleeds, but it's not nearly as severe as before. What would help, is if my baby would start sleeping through the night so that didn't add in to the exhaustion. I feel like Evan may be punishing me for going back to work - we have not had a day of 9:00 pm - 6:30 am in a few weeks and in fact went back to waking up twice a night last week. He knows that I am leaving during the day and I think he is punishing me a little bit.  Silly baby.

Even sillier - this is what Evan is sitting in while I am finishing my blog.  Silly Wolverines.  At 3:00, he will be changing into his Spartan onesie.

Lastly, Evan went on a date last night with Gracie.  Even though they are only 4 weeks apart, Evan is about 6 inches longer than Gracie!  They played under the jungle gym for a good half hour and made me laugh so hard!

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