Fun and Reflection
I’m absolutely shocked it’s already July. Ana and I went on a short weekend trip to Virginia and Maryland to visit some dear friends (in Virginia) and see a concert with other dear friends (in Maryland). I was worried about Ana’s ability to handle all that travel (we took the train) and also her exposure to so many people on the train and at the concert. She did well until the last day when she was very exhausted and seemed to have caught some kind of stomach bug. She was very nauseous on the train ride home (Monday) and slept a lot. But I’m happy to say that she seemed back to herself yesterday.
I have to say that this past weekend was the first cautiously optimistic dip into “normalcy” that I’ve had since Ana got sick. Aside from going swimming a couple of times, and our many trips to the mall, I’ve kept Ana close to home and sheltered from too much exposure to the outside world since her transplant. So, this was nerve wracking – particularly the concert. The show didn’t start until 8 which meant Ana would need to take her medication while there – of course I forgot to get water and was crushed up near the stage with wall to wall people when I realized this (I frantically asked a body guard for water and he grabbed a bottle by the stage immediately).
It’s worthwhile to share our adventures with you. First, Ana got a new look courtesy of my friend Tanyia who is gifted at many things, including hair and makeup.
The original plan was to just give Ana a few blonde streaks in the front, but that turned into a golden head of hair two hours later. I think she looks fabulous. Her hair is growing in very fast now and it’s also quite a bit curlier than it was before chemo (just look at the picture of her on the home page of this blog – her hair was pin straight). It will be interesting to see if the curl stays.
And here is Ana with Kennedy. The girls had tons of fun shopping and they went to a movie too. We didn’t have much time for anything else since we were just their Friday night to Sunday afternoon.
They were enjoying berry-flavored lemonade from iHop. Then we were onto Maryland to see Darren Criss in concert (he’s the guy who plays “Blaine” on Glee). Ana and her friend Storey are big fans and it was a big deal to see him live (many, many thanks to my friend Liz for the wonderful gift of the concert). They even got to meet him (oh so briefly) after the show:
Ana had labs drawn yesterday and I’m once again hoping her liver enzymes look good. The fact that she was sick the day before she had her labs done (and also exhausted from the trip) could mean not so great numbers. Hopefully we’ll have the results today.
Meanwhile, it’s time to focus on the fourth of July. I’m hoping to see the Kingston fireworks tomorrow (maybe we’ll see some of you there!) The picture on the home page of this blog is from last 4th of July. Maybe it’s time to update that photo!