Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Day 74 of 100 Days of Good Karma.
I went for a run after I dropped the kids off at school.
It was the first nice day of fall in Houston. A beautiful 69 degrees outside. No way was I wasting this workout on a treadmill.
I have time, I thought. Plenty of time.
It was so nice outside I couldn’t resist the three mile loop around my neighborhood.
I wished every day in Houston could be as perfect. The shaded path was cool and refreshing, the sunny spots warm, but not hot.
I didn’t look a the time. I didn’t want to look at the time.
Forty minutes later I arrived back on my doorstep sweaty and pleasantly tired. I lazily picked through a pile of clean laundry for some jeans and a shirt and then jumped in the shower.
No sooner had I stepped out of the shower when my chemo date for the day, Veronica, texted me from my driveway: “I’m here.”
Wait… what? What time was it?!
I grabbed my phone. Sure enough, she was on time.
I hastily texted back: “Oh shit. I just got out of the shower. Give me a minute.”
She texted me again: “No problem! Can I come in and make coffee?”
This would normally not be a problem. Veronica is over at my house frequently enough that I’d turn her loose in the kitchen any time.
But I was less than prepared to walk out to the kitchen.
I texted back, hedging for time.
“I think the door is locked. Let me put some pants on.”
Have you ever tried to put jeans on quickly when your legs are wet? Denim is less than cooperative under those circumstances.
I hopped around the bathroom floor trying to force my legs into the pants, but they kept twisting and dragging over wet skin.
By the time I let Veronica in the house I didn’t care about putting on battle gear.
I was just grateful to be clothed.
We arrived late to the appointment because I enjoyed myself a little too long outside and should have done the shorter route.
But finally they hooked me up to a machine and I got going. I also got my flu shot which is right up there with driving a nail into my upper arm.
I shared a joint room this time.
Veronica and I talked about everything from kids to scary movies while the man on the other side of the curtain snored through his chemo treatment.
Another round done, and…
Today’s silver lining: No reactions at all today!
The only thing I felt during chemo was hungry so after the appointment we stuffed our faces with too much Greek food before heading home.
Houston summer months are so long and brutal that I hope everyone living and working in the Houston area got to go outside yesterday.
These are the days we live for around here.
What’s your silver lining today? I love comments!