Grandpa Wayne (Joel's dad) arrived on Tuesday evening. When Ella and I picked him up from the airport, she screamed and screamed. She screamed all the way home. Then, I put her in her highchair and she decided she liked him...a lot!!! Wayne hasn't seen Ella since she was 5 weeks old. He is having so much fun and wearing Ella out! She's sleeping 5 or 6 hours straight at night!!! Thanks Grandpa! I've added a few pictures of the two of them to the flickr site. Click here.
We took Grandpa and Ella to the zoo. The above video is something we thought you might enjoy. It's a little fuzzy but the sound is the best part. She is so much fun! I think she believes that all animals are puppies. Every animal we saw....the zebras, the birds, the turtles, the anaconda all got her little "awww." We are so grateful that Wayne could join us for a few weeks.
This week is the big week. I go to the hospital on Monday afternoon to have a port placed. The port will be the way I will receive chemo. This is used in place of getting IV every time I get chemo. The chemo can really mess your veins up making it very difficult to get an IV in place. The port is an excellent option and will hopefully stay in place until all my chemo is complete.
Then....on Wednesday the chemo begins. I can honestly say that this is the part I'm the most nervous about. As many of you know, I'm not much of a medicine taker and I try to take care of my body because it's the only one I get. So, the thought of receiving such strong medicine really scares me, along with all the possible side effects. I am most nervous about the fatigue and nausea. I still have a little one to take care of. Of course, I was nauseated the first 5 months of my pregnancy and I survived! I've been doing a little research and found out that what may help the fatigue most is exercise. I've trusted God all along but this is the time when my faith has to be strong. I believe that God will give me the strength and perseverance to get through.
Your continued prayers are greatly appreciated. Thanks to all of you who care enough to check our blog to see what's going on and have committed to supporting us and praying for us!