I love December. I don't love the cold, but I love an occasional snow storm, fires, hoodies, herbal tea and blankets. But most of all my favorite thing about Christmas and December is the music. I don't think there is anything that invites the Christmas spirit than music. I've been listening to Christmas music for months and I'm not one bit ashamed of it.
After having chemo on 11/30 I spent a few days on the couch enjoying all of the above mentioned. And then mom, dad and I got in the car and headed to Salt Lake City. SLC has to have the most beautiful lights of any city. That evening, even though I wasn't feeling 100%, we met the kids at the Cheesecake Factory. While waiting for our table in walked a guy I was friends with on FB but hadn't met in person. This guy was the one who made the incredible piano cd for me that I listened to nearly every night when I was diagnosed with OVC 2 years ago. What I didn't know was that my sister had invited him to have dinner with us. What he didn't know is that he was going with us to the Jim Brickman concert. These were great surprises for both of us. I was even more surprised when he handed me a cd that he had made for me with some of my favorite songs which my sisters had informed him of. I love this cd just as must as I love the other one. What an amazing pianist he is. I'd even say he is just as good as Jim or better. The concert was an early Christmas present from mom and dad. We all enjoyed it so much.
Saturday morning I flew to Charlotte for a week. I love my friends there and tried to see as many of them as I could. Nick picked me up from the airport and we headed downtown where we met Rachel and her aunt for dinner at LaPiano's. We later attended the Charlotte Symphony's Christmas Concert, which is a tradition that Nick and I have. It didn't disappoint as usual.
Monday my friend Michael stopped by for a time and then we met another of my friends from work at Amelies. Later that night I had dinner with other's that I use to work with. I love these friends of mine. We have spent many days, nights, weekends and holidays together.
Tuesday Lauren and went to see Emma's new house. I love it! She has totally remodeled her new (older) home. It is so cute and she is so talented. We also did a little Costco shopping.
Tuesday I took my recertification boards and was for sure that I bombed them, but yesterday I got my results that I passed. Thank you to prayer and define intervention. I actually did the best I ever have on them. I don't have to take them now for 10 years.
Tuesday I also spent time with Alisha and had my hair cut. It is really cute and finally feels like a real style after 2 years. I was getting tired of the mullet so I cut it off.
Wednesday I had chemo. My CA-125 was down from 37 to 32. Only 5 points and kind of disappointing, but I'm hoping that next week when I have it again that it will be in the teens so that I will only have 4 more treatments left. I'm not sure why but the last few treatments I haven't had any energy and have been so crazy tired. I'm tired of all this chemo and cancer.
I did ask Dr. Dan if I could go back to work in January. He told me no and that he didn't want me going back until the second week in March because of flu season. I'm going to try to convince him otherwise. I'm hoping he will let me work a few hours a week and only see trauma patients. I have an email into him, we will see. For my mental sanity I need to go back to work. I miss it and the incredible people I work with.
And this week, well It's going to be a great week when everyone finally gets here.