Wednesday, June 06, 2007

News from the Schmitt House

Just a little health update. Rick had a rough night last night. He didn't sleep well and kept belching chemo. I guess the taste of toxins isn't something I want to put in my recipe book. I went to work (a little late) after I got Rick some anti- nausea medicine and some sleeping pills. I called at 2:00 to see how he was feeling and I woke him up. He was feeling a little better but not great. He was glad I called however, because otherwise he wouldn't sleep again tonight. Once he has the chemo pump removed tomorrow, he'll start back on the road to recovery. He only has one more treatment until he takes a little break. I told him yesterday that if he's going to take a break to get more energy, I want him to remember it is not so he can do more work around the property or over at his dad's farm. I want him feeling rested once he starts back with the chemo, not worn out from excess work. It's hard for him to understand that because he is such a hard worker. Feeling sick hasn't been near as painful for Rick as his lack of energy.

Apparently shingle symptoms can reappear at anytime. I think I may have overdone it recently, because I woke up this morning feeling the shingle ache again. When will this madness end? Just kidding. I can deal with a little pain now and then, it reminds me I'm ALIVE.

I've received some of the nicest letters or notes about inspiration, since the Relay. Everyone deals with cancer or other types of life threatening disease a little differently. Apparently, the way I've announced it to the world has inspired others to share their story. I think if you have others to share it with, the burden seems so much lighter. I hope I can continue to inspire others for another 20 years.

I'm attaching a photo of the girls and I that was taken at the Friendship and Chocolate event and a photo of the 3 of our kids this past weekend after the Relay. Gosh, we have beautiful children. (I might be a little biased)

Love you more than strawberries love shortcake.

P.S. Congratulations Carlson family. Karen and Terry are 1st time grandparents. Hey, didn't we graduate with each other? Can you be that old? Enjoy that baby boy. He's a lucky one:)

Dream Big,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Doreen--you are soooo funny!!! Thanks for the congrats--we are very excited to be grandparents. But Caleb is actually our 2nd grandchild. Jaymi & Matt had a son on March 9th, Logan Scott!! So we have two grandsons--we are doubly blessed!! Jacqueline, your new niece is beautiful--Caleb & Logan will be graduating with her!! How fun! We continue to pray for your family! We love you guys! God Bless! Karen Carlson