‘Twas the night before Chemo, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even the dead rat in our walls;

The refrigerator warm and dysfunctional, beyond all repair,

So 3 hours ago we bought a new one that comes on Wednesday;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds;

Well, not really, they’re playing videos upstairs with their dad, all nervous about the changes to come;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

No kerchief here, no cap for him, and a long nap is not looking so good either.

Okay, I can’t say my creativity is flowing to finish the next 48 lines. But yeah, it’s been a day.

I had been sleeping in my recliner for 2 nights because I couldn’t get comfortable in our bed with my port. Except, on Friday night, I started to smell something yucky. It being 2a.m. I decided to try to ignore it. When I woke in the morning, I looked around to see if someone had spilled milk or left some food around my recliner. No trace of anything. I called Jonathan in to see if he could smell what I was smelling. He did. He looked around, but nothing visible. I felt somewhat convinced it was emanating from the wall. We have drawn the conclusion that something died in our wall. My guess is that it’s a rat. So, we have a call out to our rat guy to come see what he can do about it. Safe recliner space: disrupted.

AND, we have been having issues with our refigerator. They started a few weeks ago. I woke up to get the kids ready for school, and the fridge was at 68 degrees! I thought someone left it open overnight. So I made sure it was sealed, and I figured I’d handle it when I got home. By the time I got home, the temperature had climbed not descended. I ended up shuffling things around, turning it off and on, and giving it a little pep talk, then it decided to work again. Within another week or two, Jonathan had the same experience, but he added in the step of turning the breaker on and off. We had a repair person come out, and he said try this, and if it’s anything else, you’ve got a $1000 repair ahead of you. Well, cue this morning, when Jonathan opens the fridge to a cool 65 degrees… we tried the same tricks to no avail. So, off we went to buy a new refigerator. We didn’t love this one and it’s 6yrs old, so we weren’t sinking $1000 into it. We settled on one fairly quickly, and it’s arriving on Wednesday. Good news: pellet ice! Bad news: I won’t be appreciating ice very much during my chemo cycles. More to look forward to in 6months!

As for the nap thing, well, as you can imagine, I’ll count any sleep I get tonight as a success. MANY thoughts and feelings are running through this mind and body.

Let’s see how all of this goes tomorrow, and for the next few days!