8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Tomorrow I have chemotherapy. I have a very common problem among oncology infusion patients – PTSD – which in our case stands for PRE traumatic stress disorder. Just the anticipation of chemotherapy creates some of the same symptoms and side effects that the actual drugs do. I get the worst anxiety, I think because the steroids that go with chemo give me anxiety, and also because even though the actual infusion time isn’t all that bad, I know that once those drugs are in my body, there is no avoiding the next few days of ick. Pure ick.
So I try to think about good things. Like my friends. My sweet sock-sister Ann reminds me that I am always in her prayers by posting photos of my socks on her blog…..
Tomorrow, if you have socks I’ve knit for you, can you send me a picture? To firstname.lastname@example.org ? or post it on your blog and send me a link? I’d love to make a post of the collection…. THAT would certainly be a lovely thing to think about rather than being anxious.
And the cranes… those are lovely, too, and make me happy every time I see them. Here is the website about their story – and take the time to click around and see her other art, too.
And when I was clicking around thinking about art instead of anxiety, I found that Karen had also written the COOLEST book which came today…..
Amazon Prime is a good thing, too 🙂
Oh, and ANOTHER true, noble, right and praiseworthy thing. We talked about George and his experience with inclusion in his public school Montessori school. I almost hesitate to share this, because I know that the vast majority of families suffer and struggle with their school choices (or lack of choices) and special education situations, while we are obviously in such an amazing school and class… but this is just too good not to show you. George missed school Friday because of a doctor’s appointment, and this is the email I got from the PRINCIPAL of his school today. (and this is a BIG school, pre-K through 6th grade, HUGE campus…) Here’s a screenshot of an email that I will carry in my heart to chemo tomorrow to think about when I get anxious:
How blessed WE are, to have a school lead by a principal who truly believes that inclusion benefits everyone. And don’t even get me started about Miss Sherry….
Time to get everyone to bed so I can
have my pre-chemo panic attack get some sleep before our big day tomorrow. Oh, wait, I forgot, lots of emails asking “who’s Maggie???”
Maggie is Sam’s girlfriend, for about a year and a half, I think…. she goes to NCSSM with him. Keeping with our theme for today, she is definitely lovely 🙂 And really, really smart. Her mom, my friend Teresa, has – oops, HAD – breast cancer, but is ALL DONE with surgery, chemo, radiation. She says she is no longer a cancer patient, she is a cancer survivor. AND Sam is coming home on Thursday through next Wednesday, to take care of things while Dixon finishes his work week. That’s another good thing to think about.
So send me your sock pictures. That would be excellent!