These past two weeks have been the most trying in my life. Nora has been a champ and continues to amaze us but the physical toll it is taking on her is breaking my heart. She underwent 11 treatments of radiation, two treatments of electron therapy, and two days of cyclophosphamide (chemo). She has spent her days with diarrhea and has been vomiting around the clock. She has lost 2 lbs already and still only eats a spoonful of broth a day before she throws it up.
The physical pain is nothing to the emotional. She is sad and homesick. She misses everything about her “old life” and has been marking all the days she will miss with tears in her eyes; Halloween at Grandmas Club, baking pumpkin and apple pies for Thanksgiving, Santa at the Property Owners, Christmas dinner with Barbara, watching the leaves change and chasing them around the yard as they fall… All the things I took for granted as a child she aches for, she is mourning her lost childhood.
She especially misses her dog Nugget who she hasn’t seen since July 4th. He is a German Shepherd, Husky, Golden retriever mix who is 12 years old and has been with us longer than she has been alive. He has cataracts and bad hips but he is her friend, dress up model, shadow, snuggle puppy and he is who she cries for all night. I hope he recognizes her when she comes home. Last year he didn’t and she was very unhappy.
Transplant is Thursday, October 3rd and we pray for her new, and well as her old, donors. We hope these wonderful men understand how precious they are to us. How much we love them. Without them we would not have our little girl and because of them, she has hope.
We are so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family who have been helping in so many ways. We are truly blessed. We wait patiently for Thursday and pray for grafting.
Love the Getchell’s