Thursday, May 22, 2008

Today's News

Today, the doctor called and said the pathology on my lymph nodes came back...ALL CLEAR! Yay! That means I'm still at stage I. On the one hand, I am very happy and relieved, on the other hand, I wish I had been more stubborn with my opinion not to remove the nodes. It turns out I was right. However, hindsight being 20/20, I'm going to take the good news and try not to focus on the cynical spin my mind wants to put on it.

Today is The Rationalist's birthday. We celebrated this past weekend because I knew I wouldn't be able to do much this week. Even so, the day is still special. The Rationalist and Intuitive Monkey have been saving up their allowance, birthday money, Christmas money, and any small change they've found on the sidewalk for a very long time. They finally had enough combined money to buy a Wii.

This has been the Holy Grail of their existence. They have been keeping track of every cent for many months. They currently use the computer to play games, but haven't had any game system in the house. Every time in the last two years that we've been in Target or Wal-Mart, they would stare longingly at the game display cases, making plans for the future.

Today, DH happened to get his hands on a Wii. He brought it home, set it up, and after testing it out for over an hour, came into the bedroom to tell me that it was DH tested and approved. He was actually sweaty from the boxing game.

The kids came home, immediately saw the empty box, and began shouting,"We have a Wii! We have a Wii! We have a Wii!"

After a few quick pointers, and after their homework was done, they were up and playing--bowling, tennis, boxing, baseball. I think they hit every one of the sports games.

I sat on the couch, slightly jealous, but excited for them. It looks like a lot of fun, but I can't use it until I heal up some more.

The Rationalist positively glowed with glee.

DH has taken The Rationalist and his brother out for a birthday dinner. I'm still too sore for a night out, so I'm holding down the fort.

It's OK though.

I'm grateful for a good weekend with my family. I am grateful for the good pathology report. I am grateful that the unknown scariness of my surgery has come and gone. I am grateful that DH is a good father who can fill the gaps left by my recuperation. I am grateful that, despite my diagnosis and going through all of this, I have a family that loves me and each other.

I have much to be thankful for in the midst of everything.

The good more than makes up for the bad.


Assistant Village Idiot said...

Yes, hindsight is 20/20. Your attitude is correct, though you may need to reassert your will over your emotions many times.

As to the Wii, welcome to the future. This mode of entertainment will become second nature to your little ones, and they will barely remember a time without it. You can start rehearsing what you will tell your grandchildren about what "games" were like when you were a little girl.

We're going to a graduation party where several of my other commenters will be present. I'll tell them you're okay.

terri said...

Thanks, though I do find it strange to consider that I will be discussed, in real life, with actual people.

The wonders of the internets! :-)

Yes...the kids already think our childhood was a strange, bizarre time in history.

To counteract the Wii gift, their grandmother gave them a package with props for "old-time" playgroumd games, complete with a can for "kick the can".

retro is in.