6 Down!

Today, I completed my 6th radiation treatment, and so far so good. I do have a red upper chest, and face, and arms…and legs, for that matter. I can’t say it’s from the radiation.  Although if one more person proclaims, “Wow, look at that sun burn,” I think I’m going to tell them it is from the radiation. (wink, wink)

My radiation girls frowned upon my sun burn from the weekend. Apparently, it’s not so great for my skin to have both sun and radiation beams burning it simultaneously. (The long days spent on the beach this weekend were completely worth it, however, just so they know.)

I’m continuing to drive to Columbia every morning, and I make it there by 9:00 am, only to walk out by about 9:15. I return to work by 11 and work until 3, my usual hours, just opposite of my typical 8-12. It’s working out nicely for me. I actually enjoy my hour drive alone, with my music and my coffee. No Pinkalicious Musical, no Taylor Swift.  No one fighting over which channel or who has the iPad, or iPod or which set of headphones. No spilled drinks. It’s quite a nice drive.

Mel, on the other hand, isn’t a fan of the early mornings. I’m sure he’ll be happy when we get to #33.  I leave around 7:15, just as the girls are awake and starting to dress.  He’s in charge from there.   It is getting better, however. He let me know that he did offer the girls breakfast this morning (without takers), he had them brush their teeth and had their hair brushed.

Dare I wonder what was accomplished on days 1-5 of my treatment? Oh well, at east they were only 10 minutes late today.

We’ve been busy with trips to the zoo, the parks in town and the beach with Nonnie, and the usual dance, school and friends.  McCanless has even been involved in a mini-basketball team at THA.  She had her first game last Wednesday.  She’s a key player on her team.  I’m afraid it’s more about her height than skill at the moment, however.  (She’s the tallest kid in her 2nd grade class and most of the 3rd graders as well.)  If only she could leap and twirl across the court with the ball, she’d take ’em down.  Her team, “The Green Machine” won their first game and  I was so proud of her.  She does very well at acquiring the ball.  We need to work on what she does with it once she has it, though.  (Rather than pass it to the closest person on her team.)

Life is busy.  Life is good.  Radiation will be complete before I know it and we’ll be soaking up more sun on the beach and by the pool.


Nonnie  on March 27th, 2012

The end is in sight-so is the beach!!! Had so much fun with a few of my girls last weekend-spring break here we come!
Just thinking how much has happened since the last time we were all together-last summer. Surgery (Mary Clare), wedding ( Kacy-William), Kerri’s nightmare, the new baby coming and Bubba’s surgery-but thank God we are all here-together whatever comes our way!
Love you, Kerri-mom

Judy Brown  on March 27th, 2012

You are handling this radiation just like you have handled everything else-with so much faith, joy and enthusiasm. What a wonderful world it would be if we could all be more like you. Proud of all of your accomplishments and we are…still praying….!

chaarlow  on March 28th, 2012

Go girl!! Good thing you have a coach in the family. Jeff can give her some pointers this summer and get her ready for a scholarship!!

Carrie Green  on March 29th, 2012

Just don’t think about what the girls and Mel are doing during your drive to Columbia. Seriously! I had the stomach bug this past weekend and was kicked out of the main house into the Florida room. When I was out of “isolation” Monday morning, Holden was still in the same shirt he was wearing Friday night and the house oh boy the house. The little thoughts of “I was gone for 2 months for treatment”, yeah I just don’t think about it. I am so glad you had a good time at the beach! Ya’ll have Mrs. J for coach at school? Taylor loved her as a coach, she made it so much fun! Glad you are doing well and your “tanning” is going smoothly. Hugs!