Samantha and I survived “Setting Sail” at CNU. The parents learned a ton, mingled and sought out glimpses of their children. The kids socialized, played games, ate in the dining halls and slept in the dorms. Samantha stayed on three more days for summer leadership. Surprisingly, she texted me daily and even called a few times. It was definitely a period of adjustment as she looked for kindred spirits and joined in “bonding activities” that weren’t necessarily her cup of tea. Luckily I was armed with all the right phrases to encourage and support her, and by the end of the week, she was very tired but happy to have found the right school and made new friends. I think August will be a much easier transition for HER. (I’ll be crying like a baby……)
Dave is scheduled to have his “mapping” procedure done next Tuesday, July 16th. Assuming that all goes as planned his first dose of SirSpheres will be August 1st. We had hoped he could do both sides of the liver at once and take advantage of the summer lull to recover. Unfortunately the interventional radiologist says this isn’t a good option for Dave which is a change-up from when we met with him a few weeks ago. So the second procedure is currently scheduled for August 27th, but we are trying to get it changed to a week earlier if possible. Dave has travel plans over the Labor Day weekend and the school year is just starting to get going at that time. That timing would be tough since Dave can expect “5-7 days of flu-like symptoms”.
We got a sad email today. One of the people we attended the retreat (https://embracingtherollercoaster.wordpress.com/category/couples-retreat) with last October passed away yesterday. J was the only female patient and had been struggling with poor scans and treatments that weren’t working. She leaves behind a kind, loving husband and a smart, energetic preteen daughter. My heart is feeling very heavy.
We are back in the swing of things here at home. Lots of swimming, guests coming into town, lunch/dinner dates, oboe lessons, tennis camps. And a consult with an orthopedic surgeon. Did I mention that Sam has been told she needs surgery? This upcoming year is shaping up to be a busy one too. Stay tuned.