Posted on February 16th, 2008 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

The last few days I have just been resting. Apart from installing a dishwasher, that is. There are a few things that we are justifying with the preparation for high-dose chemo, and the dishwasher is one of them (sterilising dishes). It is frustrating, I have to say, not being able to do things that I used to do.

We hung a mirror the other day – a simple task of fixing two screws into a wall. It took over an hour and in the end I just couldn’t finish it. Thankfully, Dad rocked up right on time and saved the day, again. I knew the dishwasher was going to take some time. So I decided to take the whole morning to do it. Everything was slow. Sawing a piece of wood, holding a drill, driving in a screw, throwing a hammer across a room – they all took a lot more effort than they ever have.

On Monday we are going to put down a deck out the front. When I say ‘we’, I mean I will be watching Dad put down a deck. I am glad I can be there for him in his retirement. I would hate to think that he had no jobs to do to keep him busy.

The other frustrating thing is my reduced ability to think coherently. I am not quite sure what to put it down to physiologically, but my mind seems to be constantly clouded, reactions are slow and peripheral awareness is limited. I haven’t taken any serious drugs since the middle of last week, so I feel like I should be back into some kind of normality. Maybe it is the absence of the steroids or my body in recovery from the first few days of the cycle. Not sure.

Sister Rach and BIL Michael arrive in Perth tomorrow to live. Michael got offered a position in Perth out of the blue at the end of last year. They decided it was a good time to spend some time in the West, so they are making the big move! They found a house in the area to rent. It is smack-bang in between Carms’n’John (Sis&BIL) and us, so about 250meters away. How good is that?!

So bring on the year I say. I don’t think we could be more ready for it.


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