I took my last final this morning and now I am officially done with school until the fall. This also happens to be the last week of school for the kids that I babysit, so my schedule is about to get all shuffled around as it morphs to accomodate full-day childcare needs, summer vacations, and of course B’s chemo treatments.
I’ve been looking forward to summer since Thanksgiving, so I intend to make the most of this brief season of sunshine. After many long months of cold, rainy, dreary weather and the last several busy weeks of school and cancer stuff and out-of-town guests, I am in the mood for a little self-indulgence. I’ve been remembering last summer rather wistfully lately, thinking of the freedom of the road and the adventure of exploration with a feeling that is the opposite of homesickness. It’s been six months since I last got out of the Pacific NW, and I’m definitely feeling antsy. But since B isn’t in any condition to do any serious traveling, I guess I’ll have to find creative ways to satisfy the urge to roam without actually getting too far from home. Maybe if I travel on foot/ bike I can create the illusion of going further as it will take so much more time and effort to get anywhere. This might also add an interesting element of adventure/ intrigue to an otherwise not-so-adventurous local trip. Hm… It might also be fun to visit the areas of Canada that are relatively closeby, since I’ve never actually been to Canada before. Even though it’s not that far away, at least it’s a different country!
B continues to do generally quite well. It seems like the side effects of the chemo, especially the fatigue, are hanging on a little longer this time around. I suppose that is probably going to continue to be the trend throughout the duration of his treatment. But he is a trooper and he has felt well enough to enjoy spending time with his brother, who is visiting us from Texas one last time before heading overseas in July. B is also starting to lose his hair, although it isn’t exactly falling out in earnest yet. That is, it’s coming out in drifts, but not in clumps yet. He went ahead and buzzed his hair really short to help control the trail of fuzz that he was leaving everywhere, but he doesn’t have that bald cancer look yet.