It’s Christmas Eve, and the Clot is up at the Huntsman Institute while Dennis gets infused with Gemcytobene. Four more days, and Phase one of “Operation Bugger Obliteration” is done. Come Thursday, the FuFu bag will be forgotten, the PICC line will be PICC’ed.
Weight 124. (121 without the bowling balls in his pockets. Talk about cajones).
Clothing: Orange shirt/green vest gone.
Nausea: present and accounted for.
Strength: too weak to stop the clot from blogging, and using words like “cajones”.
White Count: 7.1 and good to go.
Friday, Dennis got roasted and toasted, cooked and unhooked, drugged and unplugged. You can see what unremitting chemo and radiation have done to our brains. We’re able to condense our whole life to rhymed couplets.
Friday was also the winter solstice. It is the time of the longest night and the shortest day. Thank goodness it is not a perpetual state of being, but rather a corner to be turned. From now on the darkness will be dispelled by ever-lengthening light. This is a good thing and this is a good day.
The clot had a consultation, and we have decided that the wasted emaciated look is sooo ’07. So, we’re exchanging “svelte” for a bigger belt, and Dennis will soon be a “Chunka Chunka burning love.” Our goal: a pound a day, that’s all we ask. Stay tuned for pictures of Dennis with greater body mass!
DOORSTEP THERAPY UPDATE:
The kids from the primary brought a wreath with their pictures on the front and what means the most to them written on the back. They have been taught well. And then they caroled to us. We now understand why the music of Angels was chosen to herald the birth of the Savior. It was absolutely beautiful.
In addition, every day there has been an anonymous gift on our doorstep. We do not have a clue who has taken the time to bring such joy to us. However, this morning we received a note whose poetic sincerity Keats and Shelley would envy.
CHRISTMAS CARD FROM DENNIS:
A Christmas wish to our dear friends and family:
We’ve come to the point when we realize it will be impossible to send out the many Christmas greeting cards and many delinquent thank-you notes that we owe so many who have given so much support and love to us at this time.
This obviously has been a most unique holiday season for us, mainly because of the vastly increased significance of family, friends, and the holiness of the season. Expressions of love and support have come from so many people, in so many ways, and in so many packages. We have been fed, gifted, sung to, snowblowed, entertained, reassured, fasted for, prayed over, and blessed in so many ways. Truly the spirit of Christmas has been manifested, and the importance of relationships, love and concern for others, and the healing process given freely by the Savior have come forth.
Certainly each of us has challenges and difficulties that we must face, and will need to call upon physical, mental and spiritual strength in order to cope. Love and support from family and friends is an important additional source of strength.
Thus, after being given so much this season, we can only express heartfelt thanks to all of you, and take this moment to wish you a most meaningful Christmas season. Your expressions of love and support mean more to us than you will even know.
Love to all,
Dennis, Joan and the Clot
May you all be blessed with the “comfort and joy” you have brought to our family,