Friday, April 3, 2009

Not much new going on here…..

Happy Friday, dear reader.  I am so happy its Friday…for several reasons.  Reason #1 is that it’s, well…Friday.  By far, it is the best day of the work week.  Reason #2 is that I am one day closer to having Dianne and the kids back home.  They spent the week (spring break) at Dianne’s parents place up in Camp Creek.  From all reports, they have had a really good week.  The kids love being there….it’s an acreage, so they can play outside without any worries, there was still lots of snow on the ground to play in, and they adore their Grandpa and Grandma.  And Uncle John.  Uncle John builds fires, which both kids really really like.

Dianne also had a really good week.  By Monday, she was able to start eating real food again, she was done taking the steroids, and the heartburn issues were not as prevalent as after the first round of chemo.  Of course, she was tired, but that is the new normal…tired is normal.

She is now into the 7 day period where her immune system is shot.  At this point, her white blood count is extremely low, if not non-existent.  This means she is very very susceptible to infection, and we are going to be trying to lessen the risk of infection happening.

So this week I have been a bachelor.  As much as I love seeing the family have a good relaxing time up in Camp Creek, it is not an easy week for me.  All you husbands out there are now thinking ‘What, are you crazy?  No wife.  No kids.  No commitments.  Sounds perfect.’  Well, let me tell you….it’s not.  I look at it this way.  No wife means I have to cook, clean, sleep alone, talk to myself and worst of all, I have to remember that even though she’s not around, I still have to justify all the money I spent when she gets back.  No kids means the house is very very silent.  This is not bad until it’s time to sleep.  The house is just too quiet to sleep.  My kids do a lot of farting and burping and talking in their sleep, and it serves as a lullaby to put me to sleep.  With them gone, the silence is deafening….and un-nerving.  Thus, I don’t sleep well when the house is empty.  Next time I’ll make a recording of all the noises and play them as I try to go to sleep.

When I get home this afternoon, I have to clean the house.  Do the dishes.  Do laundry.  Make the bed.  Dispose of all the empty beer bottles.  And other miscellaneous tasks that need to be done.  And all this has to be done before 8 PM, because that’s when I head over to Mike’s place to play video games.  Yes, my priorities are right.  If the house isn’t perfect, I’m still going to play video games.  Tomorrow the wife and kids are back home, so they can get to work after a week of lounging around.  (Was that my outside voice that said that?  Oh man, I’m up the creek now.)

And that, dear reader, is all I’ve got.  Not bad for a week in which there was not much new going on.



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