He did mention that Tanner's platelet count has been coming down for the last three weeks and that if it continues on a downward spiral, they would need to change his treatment by either lowering the dosage of Velcade and Revlimid - or possibly doing chemo every two weeks instead of every week. Tanner told him he liked the idea of going to treatment every two weeks.
Think about it, Tanner has been having chemo since August, 2009! For six months he had it daily (except for a couple of two week breaks) and then every week for the last two years. How long can you pump poison into someone's body and they not have a reaction? He's done unbelievably well - which is why the doctors say the don't know how long he will be on chemo... Being so young, he's in "uncharted territory".
He started a "job" selling air purification systems and did his first presentation with me so that he could practice. I guess I was a little "negative" when he first told me about it because I told him that it was going to be almost impossible to make such a job work out... that many people try and fail at these sorts of things. I had to call him later and tell him that I was sorry for not being more positive, and that I just knew it was something I, personally, could never do because of my shyness and fear of speaking in front of others.
He came over Saturday afternoon and did the presentation and he was pretty rough - but I was so proud of him. He's almost fearless. He'll get out there and try anything - and he sold a system over the weekend!! If nothing else, it will be a good learning experience for him and will be a job he can list on his resume.
I had a rough time this last weekend. Sometimes I can't control how emotional I become and Saturday I was a basket case. I texted Trevor and Tanner and let them know, and then I just turned off my phones and shut down my computer - and "unplugged" for a while. I slept on the couch and watched the Food Network and read and was just on my own and out of touch for a while. I needed some ALONE time with no beeps or rings... some time to think and reflect - and rest.
Today was a better day, and that's a good thing. I'm tired, deep down to my soul, and ready for better days.
We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action...Ralph Waldo Emerson