So, today is 8 days since Mike got his heavy dose of chemo, and 6 days since his stem cells were transfused back to him. He saw Dr. K. today, back from vacation, and Dr. K. is happy. If he is happy then I am happy, even though there is not much for a little black cat to do up here. Judy came for a long and delightful visit today. Michelle was a little under the weather and stayed home. The other 3 cats, according to Judy, are weirded out by the change in the household routine. Where are Mike and Black Magic, they want to know? Mike is making friends up here, as,of course, am I. Who could resist my charm? Mike and Judy were talking about books with one of the nurses, and Mike told her about my grandfather’s book, “Autobiography of a Georgia Cat.” Judy brought 2 or 3 books up and 2 nurses are reading it now. I hope they enjoy it. One of the nurses says Mike is her favorite patient, and by extension, that means that I am her favorite cat (except for the one she has at home.) Judy also brought the boom box and some CDs (Car Talk classics, and a Bill Bryson book.) This will help fill the idle hours with laughter.
Mike was able to eat yesterday, finally, after no appetite since the chemo. So naturally, he overdid it, with a resultant digestive disturbance that shall go undescribed. But we are not going to dwell on it, nor is he going to overeat again. Mike continues to get calls and texts from good friends who love him. Cousin Barbie called last night just before the transition to 2020. It was great to hear from her and Tony. They have a couple of nice cats. Sister-in-law Amy will come for a visit later. I just love her, she is so nice and cat-friendly. I shouldn’t say this, but she is one of my favorite people. But despair not, I love y’all!
So, the 12-step meeting by remote went very well last night. Good audio, and great vibes from people who are supporting each other in living the best possible life.
And speaking of 12- step programs, Pauline Phillips ran the “Just for Today” daily commitment from Al-Anon in her advice column today. I think she starts every year with this. You might want to check it out. She also ran the Prayer of St. Francis, which we talked about very recently in another blog.
The Bulldogs play Baylor tonight in the Sugar Bowl. We will watch for a while, I suppose. I think a Midsomer Mystery is on also. These take place in this creepy county in the UK where all these people keep getting murdered. Motives are resentment, lust, money, money, jealousy, and did I say money? Some of the murders are quite gruesome. We love the show. In my opinion, what Midsomer County needs is more cats to bring a greater sense of positive energy and love.
So, today was paint your nose day (the inside, not the outside) up on the 9th floor of the Tower. This is done by every patient on Wednesdays to prevent MERSA outbreaks. If Mike didn’t want to paint his nose I would be happy to help. But he just did it all by himself.
We are looking for a happy and healthy 2020 for ourselves and for all of you. Stay tuned for more updates from Happy Meadows. Bye, bye!