Monday, December 01, 2008
Visiting with the kids
My in-laws brought Jack and Jenelle to visit me last Saturday. The photo above is me and Jack in my new home. On Thanksgiving, we paged Jack's child psychologist and asked how to handle telling him the news. He suggested to be simple, and honest and not to dwell. When I saw Jack on Saturday, I told him "Mommy has Cancer, so I need to be in the hospital so they can make me well." I didn't want to overwhelm him with words like Leukemia. I figure with a word as simple as Cancer, he at least knows what to say to his friends. I also told Jack that I will likely lose my hair. When I suggested that he come help me shave my head when it starts to fall out, he really liked that idea. He has been doing well with the news, but has moments where he misses me.
Jenelle has been amazing, so I'm told. We had some issue with her feedings. I usually make Jenelle's pureed food once a week for the week. Obviously, I'm not there to make it and she ran out. There is only so much oatmeal a person can have before getting constipated, and that is what happened to Jenelle. Poor thing. My boss (who is on maternity leave with her one month old) took on the job of making some pureed foods for Jenelle and had them delivered to the house, so now she is back to a better diet. What wonderful support we have around us. One very sweet thing I'm told is that whenever people have been talking about me in front of Jenelle, she says "Mum" a lot. I realize she can't possibly understand why I'm gone, but to know that she is vocalizing my name "mum" really tells me she misses me.
Jenelle's Neurologist Dr. Shields stopped by for a visit yesterday. It was so wonderful to see his warm smiling face. I know I'm in good hands here. I've had a lot of visitors, and I am stocked well with reading material and such. I really haven't had much time to be bored. So far so good with the treatment. Just taking it one day at a time.
Thanks for the prayers - please keep them coming!
Posted by Kelly