An unprecedented 5th good day in a row!! Although Kim did not get a chance to walk today (she wanted to use her walker our front), she ate well, still no oxygen and, since it was another incredible day here in Tucson, we put Betsey's recliner on our front porch, where Kim sat for several hours and enjoyed the birds, trees, blue sky (no clouds!) and watched the bambini's play in the park across the street. By the time we brought her in, she had developed a nagging cough, but ate well - Betsey made us tortellini soup!
Kim has been so strong during this 'journey', but today had two small 'bumps in the road'. She cried this morning when she found she still could not walk, despite her legs coming down to near normal, she just does not have the strength or air capacity. I held her and she said 'there, that's my 5 minute pity party'. Later, we were going through pictures to print for Autumn's class Christmas project and Kim broke down again saying 'what a wonderful life we've had...'. I told her we were just waiting to see what wonderful things we would do next! I can still count on one hand how many times she has cried since this has happened, she stays bright, always illuminating those around her.
The bambini's made the most of this beautiful Sunday. After breakfast, the kids and I took Bella for a walk out in the desert. It was an amazing morning and the sun popped off of the surrounding mountain ranges. When we got back, Andrea picked up Autumn and took her along with Breanna and Lexy to a party at Peter Piper Pizza. Then, they went shopping at Target, Famous Footwear and Fry's. They had a lot of fun. Meanwhile, the boys played ping pong in the garage and then played out front with their friends Alex, Mitch and Hadley. I took Cody and Alex on a bike ride through the desert - those guys wiped me out! I could have used some of Kim's oxygen that we still have at the house when we got home!! The boys had fun doing jumps and riding wheelies.
After dinner, we watched Elf with Breanna, Lexy and Andrea. The kids love that one, a Will Ferrell classic.
Now Kim is resting in bed...her main concern tomorrow is having the right snacks and lunch! She has told me that, after I drop off the kids at school, I should swing by Bruegger's, get a couple of breakfast sandwhiches and also a couple of their turkey sandwhiches...on rosemary/olive oil bagels, her favorite! I know she must be nervous about her chemo tomorrow, but, all that shows is excitement to get going on the fight she has ahead of her - let this be the first punch she throws!
Today is the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the appearance of the Blessed Mother to Juan Diego in Mexico. We take strength in this story and pray to Mary to watch over Kimmy and help her get well...an Advent miracle..