Hey everybody! As many of you know, this last week was a little……intense, for me and my family. Consequently, I don’t really have all that much to talk about, other than to let everyone know that my mom’s surgery on Wednesday went very well. Frankly, that was probably the toughest 12 hours of my life to-date, so I can’t even imagine what it was like for my mom. But she made it through the operation like a total champ, and I’m so happy to report that the biopsy of her lymph nodes was negative. We heard from the doctor yesterday that her cancer was officially diagnosed as stage 1, which is great. And now we’re just waiting on some final test to determine, for sure, that she won’t need further treatment. So the waiting continues, but so far, so good.
Having to leave my mom in the hospital Wednesday night was a strange thing. But she was in great spirits when we came back on Thursday, and more than ready to get the F out of there. She’s spent the past few days sort of resting, but mostly micromanaging everything I do in the kitchen in between phone calls to friends and family where she recounts every detail of her hospital stay and every side effect of every medication that she’s on. (It’s abundantly clear that I am my mother’s daughter when she says things like, “the doctor told me I can’t lift over 10 lbs, so I can’t pick up the cats.”) I’m taking care of whatever I can and making my parents strange things they’ve never heard of, like……risotto (really, mom and dad?). And frantically scrambling to get my camera so I can take a million shots of every amazing sunrise and sunset. The only exception to being helpful may have been last night, when my dad and I drank most of a celebratory bottle of wine and then fell asleep around 9:00pm while watching tv, and my mom had to get up and take the remote away from my dad after yelling at both of us proved ineffective.
So, in short, things are good. (Also, I stopped at the liquor store in Oneonta with the intention of picking up some delicious small batch Harvest Spirits applejack, and wound up leaving with applejack AND peach jack. Peach jack, you guys!!)