Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Month FIVE of chemo is done

Five Months of Chemo - DONE!

So my last post was sharing good news of my last MRI.  Still so HAPPY about that.  We got that news on a Thursday and that following Wednesday we were supposed to be flying out to Napa for an early anniversary celebration.  Instead we got the news on Saturday that my dad had a heart attack.  I didn't even need to ask Jamie, I just immediately canceled our airfare and started planning with my sisters to see how quickly we could get up north to be with mom and dad.  They have been there for us through all sorts of stuff and no matter how busy, tired or stressed they are.. they show up immediately willingly to help wherever needed.  It is no different with the roles reversed.  Abi was able to fly in with Piper from Phoenix the very next day Abi, Kim, Piper and I were headed to Marshfield for the week.  

Dad had NO idea we were coming... we texted him this photo saying we were on our way.  He was pretty happy to say the least. 

We ended up staying Sunday through Friday.  Dad was given blood thinner when he first got to the hospital so they weren't able to do the by-pass until that was out of his system.  So he basically had three full days to sit and wait and think about having the surgery.  Not an ideal situation.  Thankfully he had his three daughters to help pass the time.  Other than the whole heart attack/hospital aspect, it felt a little like a family vacation.  Just sitting around talking and laughing about old memories.  If you are ever in the area, I HIGHLY recommend Hotel Marshfield.  We got a suite for the week for like $130 a night!  Had a separate bedroom and family room, kitchenette, great outdoor pool area, nice was a great place.

Thankfully Dad's surgery went well, it was a long day of waiting and we were all nervous because we just haven't had the best medical luck lately but everything went perfectly and if you know my dad, you know he is recovering way faster than expected and is already back up and at it.  It takes a lot to keep us Tuskowski's down.  :)

 Want to give a big thanks to everyone that helped watch the boys while I was gone all week.  We are so thankful for such a strong support system of family and friends.

I got home from up north on a Friday and started my chemo that following Monday.  Not sure if it was the stress of my dad's stuff the week before or what but chemo KICKED my butt this month BUT I made it through.  Got some rest over the weekend and was pretty much back to 100% yesterday.  

So FIVE months of chemo are officially DONE!

Hard to believe that after next month I will be HALF way done, unless we go for the two year chemo game plan. We have another MRI in a month and REALLY hoping that might show the tumor has shrunk even more but as long as it's not growing, I am not complaining.  

Hard to believe that summer is coming to an end.  I was going to post about Owen's kindergarten open house but I may leave that for a post all on it's own next week.  Too much type, I am so proud of that little guy! It's been a long road to get him to where he is and I couldn't be prouder of him.  More to come on that next week. :) 

I had a great summer with the boys.  Had a lot of good days and some really long not so good days.  :)  I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little excited for them to start school.  Owen will be in kindergarten all day and Jacob goes to school/daycare two days a week.  Did you hear that... I have TWO days a week to actually get caught up on photography, clean the house, etc.  Maybe I can actually sit down and enjoy a show at night instead of working every night until midnight.  Gone are the days of lounging in our pjs watching movies until 10am but I am ready for the morning chaos of getting the boys off to school, the repeating over and over to get dressed, brush teeth, find your shoes, eat your breakfast, HURRY UP, WE ARE LATE, LET'S GO!   

I am also excited to get some one on one time with Jacob.  It will be just me and him Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  He has really turned into a little character latel AND a chatter box who repeats EVERYTHING you say.  We are closely monitoring what we say around this little ball of fire.  I am looking forward to trips to the zoo, playing legos (his new favorite thing) and whatever else this crazy guy has in store for me while his big brother is off at school.

 Thanks again to everyone that is following our journey.  Enjoying our last few days of summer and looking forward to the long holiday weekend.  Be back Tuesday with a first day of kindergarten post.


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