We just returned home from another wonderful weekend at home in Florida. This trip was much different from our last visit a few weeks ago. A huge blessing, Dad has had a burst of improvement, which I’ve been told is not uncommon for cancer patients once the chemo leaves their body. As a result he was able to spend more time in his wheelchair and less time laying down resting. In fact, he is sitting on the couch now, sleeping in bed with mom and is no longer attached to any medical equipment (which made getting him out and about so much easier). He also looks more like himself and has gained some strength in his arms and legs. Although we know this burst is temporary, we are all just so blessed by these tiny miracles that have allowed Dad to be more comfortable and present!
After a very long drive, we arrived home Wednesday evening to Ian’s 30th birthday dinner. Mom always makes a delicious crab dinner for birthdays and Ian was sweet to request that she wait to make his until we got home a few days later.
On Thursday we took dad to New Smyrna Beach. The first time
we took him to the beach a few weeks ago Hospice threatened to release
him from their care. However, I think we’ve broken enough rules now that
they have let the beach trips slide under the radar — hallelujah.
The kids couldn’t have had more fun. The trip to the beach was an absolute blast.
When we arrived home from the beach my girlfriend Mel surprised my family by sending dinner to our house. It was such a nice treat to have more time together and less time cooking and cleaning!
Friday we spent most of the day in the pool until the kids were completely waterlogged.
That night Mom invited family and friends over for a large spaghetti dinner — her specialty. My bestie Shannon never misses a spaghetti dinner and stayed late catching up with me over lots of wine and ice cream cake.
Saturday we spent more time by the pool, watched a marathon of Disney movies & football (sad, sad game for the Gators), and of course, we had steak for dinner.
On Sunday we said our tough goodbyes and made our long drive back to Charlotte. I already can’t wait to return…