Friday, December 4, 2015

Twas the Night Before Chemo

And all through the house, there is the sound of voices as daughter and I stay up talking!  So much to discuss!  Especially as we haven't seen each other since Tuesday morning!  :D  Of course we spent all evening on Wednesday chatting on-line, but that doesn't count! 

Thursday, I went to the office and cleaned up my cubicle.  I don't keep a lot of personal items at my office - just a few drawings and an inspirational saying daughter had done for me, a few souvenirs and gifts various colleagues had given me over the years, and my plant, of course.  But there were old papers to go through and toss to the recycling bin, old notes and memos, etc.  I packed up the few documents that contained personal information, such as my social security number, and brought them home with me.  There are a few more file folders with information I will toss when I am ready to retire, but they can remain in the file cabinet for now. 

Later in the evening, I picked up daughter from the airport and we've spent the entire evening and early part of the night, talking.  There is a lot to talk about, as she has received an unexpected job offer upon graduation!  We had anticipated that she would come home when she graduates (in May) and look for a job close to home.  But, today, she was offered a full-time, permanent job where she did her summer internship and where she is currently working part-time, once she graduates!  Quite unexpected and now we are weighing the pros and cons of the situation!  Does she turn down the offer and come home to be with me and go through the process of looking for a job close to home with no guarantee she will get something in her field?  Or does she accept the offer and continue to live in Berkeley?  She likes the work and the people she's working with.  But she'll be away from home and me.  Such decisions to make!  She said she asked if she could have some time to decide and she was told, of course.  They have also told her that they'll accommodate her if she wants to work from home, occasionally. 

Tomorrow, I will go for my 1st chemo treatment.  I don't know how it will be, but I am hoping and praying that I will be able to get through it without too many severe side effects.  I don't know if I'll be up to posting a blog post, tomorrow.  If not, I'll post as soon as possible.

Today, I am grateful for:

- Having such wonderful friends and family who are keeping me in their thoughts and prayers
- The support that all of you have so generously offered to me and my daughter
- Daughter's safe flight home
- Daughter receiving an unexpected job offer!
- Hugs!

Hope you have all had a blessed day. 


  1. What an exciting offer for your daughter, and what a time for it to arrive - when her heart is so much with you as you go through your treatment! Good that she has some time to think about it. I pray that she will be able to have peace about it now, and later, whatever she decides. So good to know that she is valued, and I know you are very proud of her.

    In the meantime, paint those toenails purple at least once, even if you can't keep it up all the time! I hope that your chemo has not been too taxing.

    1. Bushlady, thank you for your kind comments about daughter's job offer. I, too, am praying that she is guided to make the decision that's right for her.

      Daughter says she took her bottle of purple nail polish up with her (to Berkeley). So, next time she's at the drug store, I'll ask her to pick up a bottle of nail polish! :)

  2. Sending more hugs and prayers - take care!

  3. Thinking of you today Bless. I hope it goes alright.

    How wonderful for daughter. I hope she can come to a decision without too much stress over it. She's a smart girl though.

    1. Thank you, Jess. How is Little Wolf, today?

    2. He's good, thanks for asking. Fever gone, rash gone, all good.

    3. Oh, I'm so glad to hear! Must be such a relief to you, too. Hope you can get some rest now that he's OK. :) Take care.

  4. Bless. I have been thinking about you today..Pray all is going well..
    SO happy to hear about your daughters job offer.. Wonderful news for her. but know, you would love for her to live close to home.. I so understand.. Praying for you, her and the decision , she has to make.
    Take care and know we are all praying for you. hugs.

    1. Thank you, Judy. Yes, eventually, I would like for us to be near each other. But, as I reminded her, I could always retire and move up to be closer to her, than the other way around. It's doable. :)


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