My mom’s received the results to her recent cancer scans. The cancer has not returned, but some of her thyroid remained despite her surgery and radiation. She will have to undergo more radiation to get rid of the rest of her thyroid (as a precautionary measure). Normally this wouldn’ t be a big deal, but she had a very extreme adverse reaction to the radiation last time, and we worry what an increased dose will do. Thank you to all who prayed for her! I appreciate your support and ask that you continue your prayers for her until she gets through radiation (it’s not scheduled yet, but will probably happen sometime next month.
One of my best friends was diagnosed yesterday with the same thyroid cancer my mom had. Just like my mom, her prognosis is good and she will probably live a long healthy life after she undergoes the same surgery and radiation. But I still can’t help worrying and I know that she is very scared. It is a blessing that she is able to have my mom as support. I’ve been friends with her since childhood and she is very dear to my family as well. It is extremely difficult for me to be so far away from her. She was there for me and my family when my mom was going through treatment, and I wish I could be by her side while she goes through this. I ask for your prayers for her as well.
I promising this is my last depressing medical Quick Take (and it’s not really all that depressing) and then I’ll get on to something more happy. My other best friend is having surgery next month, and I just booked a flight for me and Lucia to be there when she has it. She just moved to Atlanta to start grad school in the fall and I didn’t want her to be without someone she knows intimately to care for her. It was really important for me to be there for her and David was very supportive of me going. He even offered to stay home with Lucia while I was gone, but my best friend is looking forward to seeing her and David will be finishing his dissertation at that time (not to mention that being separated from her makes me very anxious), so it’s just much easier that I take her.
Lucia and I are going to infant massage classes on Mondays. The teacher needs to teach a certain number of class hours before receiving her certification, so it’s free! We went to our first class this week and I’ve been giving her a massage every day. She loves it! Although it doesn’t really calm her down at all, instead she becomes a chatterbox and is all smiles and wiggles. I love it too; it’s some very special skin-to-skin bonding time between the two of us. David’s coming to the class next week because it’s supposed to be great bonding for dad and baby since he doesn’t get skin-to-skin time with her like I do while nursing.
David and I went out to dinner on Monday for Valentine’s Day. Lucia tagged along too of course. We had a couple gift cards for the restaurant from Christmas, so we splurged a little and bought ourselves drinks as well. I had a margarita, the first drink I’ve had since before I was pregnant and it was so delicious!
I bought my bridesmaid dress and shoes. The restaurant we went to dinner at was near a Ross and TJ Maxx, so I went into both just to see what they had and was surprised to find exactly what I was looking for. I got my shoes at one and my dress at the other (still need cowboy boots though). Needless to say, they were at great prices. I was shocked to find a dress that looked nice on me even though I haven’t lost too much of the baby weight yet (and will look even nicer if I do lose some more before the wedding). I found a picture of it online:
Lucia was quite the heartbreaker this week. She got Valentine gifts from two cute little boy babies this week. But she only had eyes for one young man. Here’s a picture of her with her real Valentine:
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