I have been a busy girl this week – using the most of the ‘good’ times that I’ve had this week to get myself pretty well set up for Christmas – nearly finished the Christmas present buying just need to pick a couple of things closer to the time, have picked up the turkey and will pick up ham this coming week. I feel relatively realxed and with a collabrative effort from myself, OH and the girls I think this Chrismas is going to turn out pretty well.
It’s also going to be an exciting Christmas due to the fact that we have our French daughter and one of our Paraguayan daughters arriving on the 20th. C from France we hosted for a short stay in 2006 and she is coming back to live with us for 6 months and do a semester at University of Auckland towards her degree. N from Paraguay we were liaison family for the same year (2006) – she was hosted by another family for her year stay but we had a lot to do with her and she stayed with us occasionally over that time – she is coming back for a 2 month holiday and will be staying with us for some of the time as well. All our exchange students though AFS (a voluntary student exchange programme) are very much our daughters – part of our family, and I can’t wait to see them again.
Having had my third weekly Adriamycin on Thursday I can feel the toxicity levels have built up – I am having to take a few more anti nausea pills etc to keep the side effects at bay but so far so good. My hair should start falling out this week and I have booked to get it shaved on the 13th.
I managed to go to my ‘Cancer Wellfit’ programme on Tuesday and Thursday last week and I am amazed and my trainer is pretty impressed as well how much my fitness has picked up in the 3 and half weeks I have been going. I am pretty proud of myself.
I have had evenings out on Sunday and Tuesday since my last blog post and find I am managing the Christmas socialising by pacing myself and having afternoon naps if I need them. The socialising is tiring but enjoyable and people understand if I am not too energetic. I have a 40th birthday party tonight and OH’s Birthday BBQ and tree decorating with YD tomorrow so will have a nap this afternoon and a quiet day on Monday to recoup energy.
I will just share with you a surprise christmas gift that just got dropped off into our letter box by Accent Photography , Katrina that did our family portrait photos earlier this year. she has taken some of our favourite photos from the shoot and presented them as a 2012 calendar in a CD case – the case then becomes the stand – what a cute gift idea!!