Monday, March 01, 2010

Upcoming Appointment

Last Monday I received Leah's appointment notification in the mail. I knew that we would be returning to Iowa City in March, but thought it was going to be towards the end of the month. I was not mentally prepared for seeing the envelope from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and have been toying with the idea of putting off her check-up for a few weeks. Dr. Radhi left it up to me as to whether we should see him every four or six months. I chose four months; six months seems too long in between appointments, but this appointment is not even quite four months from her last. Obviously I need to make a decision within the next day or two. Leah has let it be known that she does NOT want to go to Iowa City this Thursday, either. I emailed Dr. Radhi to get his input, but he was out of the office last week, so I will have to see if he replies today.
Maybe a check-up seems like no big deal - Leah does look good and seems to feel just fine, yet the idea of some unknown lurking in her body is always there. Even driving through the hospital parking lot during Dance Marathon almost made me sick to my stomach. The longer we are away from that life, the less we want to go back. So, these checkups are a big deal to me. Each one buys us X number of days of living in the real world, not the cancer world.
And we have been enjoying the real world. Chris has been helping with the little kids wrestling program and also the high school wrestling program. I have been doing some after school tutoring that has meant extra hours several times a week. Leah has piano lessons and both girls have gymnastics. They also attend midweek at the Baptist church. Reeve is going to story hour at the library on Thursday nights, and getting ready to start gymnastics herself. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring and hoping for no more snow days this year.
Thank you for checking in on us and all of your prayers. I will update later this week about Leahs' appointment -if we have had it, or when we have rescheduled it.


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