When asked how much longer his treatments are The Cowboy’s quick response is ‘2 weeks and a few days’. That’s almost accurate but he’s been telling everyone that for about two weeks now. Hey, if it’s helping him get to the other side of this then ‘Go For It!’
He’s not feeling as good as he was on Tuesday and Wednesday and of course we’ve analyzed the heck out of that as it seemed to be following the same pattern the last couple of weeks. Perhaps it’s the steroids in the anti-nausea that he receives before his chemo or could it be that the effect of the chemo doesn’t kick in until about Thursday? He tends to feel worse on the weekend and by Tuesday he feels better – just in time for the next treatment.
Both the dietician and Dr. P were especially pleased with his appetite and all of the different the foods he’s eating. His mouth is not sore and his taste buds haven’t been affected. They were surprised that he’s able to crunch on fresh vegetables and is able enjoy (acidic) V8 juice.
His throat itself is a lot sorer and he’s been sleeping quite a bit. The fatigue is, of course, a side effect that doesn’t concern us. Something I read quite a while ago “The human body has the inherent ability to heal itself” but it does need the proper nutrition.
Fortunately (for both of us) his attitude remains positive as we are counting down those days.
We’re still feeling somewhat melancholy and missing our families. However, I doubt that we will get much of a sympathetic response from any of you after posting these pictures of our backyard.
Sometime over the weekend we are going to attempt to visit one of the several services at Lakewood Church here in Houston to hear Joel Osteen. I say ‘attempt’ – This church averages 43,500 in weekly attendance and seats 16,800 worshippers.
We hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend.
Special note to our families – Save us some leftovers!
Special Ending Note from The Cowboy . . .
Since it’s Easter Weekend - One of the most important days of our lives it gives me a chance to reflect on the Cowboy's Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie, Texas :
(1) Always remember there ain’t but one God.
(2) Honor yer Ma & yer Pa.
(3) No telling tales or gossipin'.
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
(5) Put nothin' before God.
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal.
(7) No killin'.
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don't take what ain't yers.
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff.
And end each day with the Cowboy’s prayer:
Lord, I ask keep Your arm around my shoulder
and Your hand over my mouth.