Round 2, Day 1

Round two and Bethany came out swinging!! She started labs at 7 am with a smile on her face. Counts were good! She was in the chair with her fluids hung by 8:30. She had a new nurse today and she was awesome as usual. The 4 of us were laughing and joking from the start, it is always great to see the other nurses stop by and check on Bethany and give her hugs. Bethany got a couple of them a little Christmas gift she was excited to give them… but she left them at home. Or so she thought. We found them in the bag once we got home of course.

We had a busy day during chemo! We spoke with one of the radiation residents this morning who did a great job fielding all of our questions. Bethany’s managers continue to impress her- they all wrote her hand written letters to read for this treatment. I could just tell how much it all meant to her as she was reading.  Mary read about Tarek and Christina from Flip or Flop splitting up – real entertaining stuff. The highlight of the day? We broke out a new game called Spot It. Bethany won a few rounds, Mary was struggling a little so she resorted to cheating! This is a common theme in card games (Uno). The ole one-card-for-me, two-for- you trick. I was on to you Mar! Best part is she incriminates herself, she can’t lie. Mary and I grabbed us all lunch at Einstein Bagels in the outpatient center. Had my first bagel-dog, it was delicious. We played some more Spot It and I beat Mary 4 times in a row without cheating. The girls did some coloring in their adult coloring books. Thanks to our great friends David & Noelle Winters, Beef created this masterpiece:

Appropriate message!

We scheduled some post chemo fluids for Friday and Saturday with Kathleen, Bethany’s main nurse. That should help to curb how lousy Bethany feels this time around, at least we are hoping for that. We headed to radiation once we wrapped chemo. Bethany met with Dr. Small after and he answered all of her questions which was great. It always helps to relieve worry. Cancer can be scary when you really dwell on it. On a sidenote to that Bethany is going to get back to work soon, which will be great to curb that worry. Dr. Small also challenged her to try and stay out of urgent care.

Mary and I got to see something pretty cool today. It’s the day we are all looking forward too most for ourselves right now. One of the nurses came out and told a kid in his late teens, maybe early twenties, and his mom that his scans were clear, no signs of cancer. It was really great to see the smiles on their faces. We are getting there, Bethany is fighting this thing every day and now she’s through the 2nd long chemo day. I am impressed everyday by how she has been dealing with / beating this stupid disease. Her positivity is amazing and contagious. I see it everywhere we go, whether we are out running errands, at the hospital, or just at home. She is just kicking ass and taking names. Two more days and we are half way there.

Thanks for putting up with my writing today. I don’t quite have the skills my wife does but I do want to end by sayin again a big thanks for all the support. Thank you all! We appreciate you.

Bethany’s goin to keep kicking ass this week and we will keep you posted.πŸ‘ˆπŸΌ #blogpun


Kevin (and a tired Bethany)


4 thoughts on “Round 2, Day 1

  1. We are so, so happy for you both! Kevin, you are just an awesome, awesome husband. (not to mention an honest card player and guest blogger. Naperville Conrads love the Harts!

    Aunt Jeanne and Crew



  2. πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’–


  3. Today (1-3) is the feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. St Bernadine of Siena wrote this fitting prayer: “Jesus, Name full of glory, grace, love and strength! You are the refuge of those who repent, our banner of warfare in this life, the medicine of souls, the comfort of those who mourn, the delight of those who believe, the light of those who preach the true faith, the wages of those who toil, the healing of the sick.
    To You our devotion aspires; by You our prayers are received; we delight in contemplating You. O Name of Jesus, You are the glory of all the saints for eternity. Amen.

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