Today marks 6 weeks – 6 weeks! – since my Stem Cell Transplant. It’s hard to believe all of what has transpired. I spent a few moments reading some of the posts from when I was in the hospital. Wow. I can tell you one thing – I really REALLY never want to do that again, or feel that sort of pain. Don’t even get me started on the fear bit.
Moving forward, I want to continue celebrating, and living life to the fullest. I mean, having struggled with my health for most of my life, I deeply understand the importance of that. This holiday season feels extra special – a gift, if you may. I thank my donor every day, and am just so incredibly grateful. I guess that’s also why Mom ordered a few extra beautiful ornaments for the tree. The front desk guy offered to help, but I just requested to cart to take packages up to our room. I may have used The Power of The Bald.
After we updated the tree, Mom and I headed back to Seneca Creek State Park. Retracing our hike from the other day, we both searched and searched (and searched) – but to no avail. Somewhere at the half-way mark (when we were the furthest away from the car), Mom came up with the brilliant idea of calling the park’s Visitor’s Center and inquiring about Lost and Found. It took 45 minutes to return to the car – sans glasses – but we did just that. Nothing turned in (yet), but the nice attendant took our names and phone number, so we feel better. Mom may want to return, but I kind of think it’s pointless. And chilly. I’ve lost stuff or left stuff on trail while backpacking – finding it (unless you know EXACTLY where you left it) is tricky at best, nearly impossible at worst. I fear this may have been one of those impossible scenarios. But we still had a great hike and I enjoyed some photography with my non iPhone camera.
The drive home wasn’t bad – I’m getting more familiar with The 270 corridor (yes, I lived in California for 7 years, so the interstate will always have a “The” in front of it), and managed to not get too turned around when I switched off my GPS and navigated back through the winding streets of downtown Bethesda. Then it was a hot bath with salts and bubbles, followed by a Zoom date with Andy, Dad and Lucy, and wrapping up Season 5 of Outlander with Mom.
Tomorrow is another day, and I’m hoping to get an early start and explore something new – there are multiple possibilities. So we’ll look at the weather, see how we feel and go from there. Hot damn, I still can’t believe it’s been 6 weeks. Wow, just – wow. Thank you for ALL of your support! I don’t always get a chance to write back or respond – and sometimes it takes way way too long, but I very much appreciate the kind thoughts, texts, messages and notes. It makes me feel like I’m not going through this alone, which in 2020, is pretty remarkable. So thank you ❤ .
Also, thank you to my Anonymous Donor – I am grateful.