A Surprise, A Trip, A Respite

It’s been a busy week! A great week, but very busy.

First, early in the week (Tuesday, March 3rd) I got a really nice surprise. Chris brought the mail in and there was a box for me. I opened it up and this is what was inside.

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I got a bright, pretty new chemo bag from my niece Katie! It was filled with all kinds of goodies. I had so much fun checking everything out. The bag has lots of pockets and each pocket had a treat in it. I have already put several of the items to good use! I can’t wait to take it with me to my next chemo appointment!

**THANK YOU KATIE! Love and hugs!**

Second, I got to go to Lake Tahoe! Wednesday, March 4th, Chris and I got up early and headed out to Lake Tahoe for a few days. This trip really meant a lot to me as it was the first time in almost a year that Chris and I got see our youngest son and it was fantastic! Here are some pictures from our trip with a brief description of each one.

On our way down the west side of the lake we stopped at the Vikingsholm Trailhead at Emerald Bay to take a few pictures. This one below shows just how stunning Lake Tahoe is.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Next we headed to see our son Joe. We got into Tahoe a little earlier than we expected so we decided to surprise him by stopping by to see him at work. His manager was kind enough to let him take his break while we were there so we could spend a little time with him.


Next we had a little time to waste before we could check into our room at the Fireside Lodge so we did a little sightseeing. We stopped at a little park and we were going to spend some time sitting on a bench near the lake and enjoy the view but in the shade it was COLD!! BURRRRR…. I guess I should say I was cold, Chris was in shorts and a short sleeved shirt.


So we drove around a little bit and found another park that was in the sunshine and much warmer!

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Soon it was check in time at the Fireside Lodge. We were in the Moose Suite. This place is really fun. Each room has a different theme and is decorated accordingly. From the outside it looks like a cabin motel but it really is more like a bed and breakfast. If you ever are in South Lake Tahoe they are definitely worth checking out.

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The next day (Thursday, March 5th) we got to spend the day with our son as he had the day off. We decided a little day trip was in order and headed off to Virginia City in Nevada on the advice of Christine (she and her husband are the owners of the Fireside Lodge). Virginia City is a neat little old western gold mining town. The terrain was not wheelchair friendly so we didn’t spend as much time there as we would have liked, but it was still fun to get a glimpse of the old west.


The next picture was taken at a little rest area on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. It was surrounded by some trails and Chris was able to get a really good picture of just how clear the lake is.


Here is Joe pushing his mama near the Lake Tahoe Dam in Tahoe City back on the California side of Lake Tahoe. The second picture was also taken at the dam and shows just how low the lake level is due to the ongoing drought that California has been experiencing.

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This next picture I took while Chris was driving. This is one of the spots on route 89 that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It is a STEEP drop on each side side of the road and there is no shoulder, no guardrails, just a steep cliff on each side. *shudder*


After we got back into South Lake Tahoe we enjoyed a nice dinner with Joe at a place called Sonney’s BBQ Shack. I have to say that this was without a doubt, the best meal of the trip. The first picture is of Chris’s burger, second is of Joe’s pulled pork sandwich and the third is of my rib platter. Needless to say, I couldn’t finish my plate and more than half got boxed up and went home with Joe. (I also paid dearly for it later but it tasted so good it was worth it.)

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By this time we were all exhausted from a long, but fun day. Since Joe had to work the next day we called it a night and said our goodbyes. Chris and I headed back to the room to relax for a bit before we took advantage of a little perk at the Lodge. Every night from 7pm to 9pm you can roast marshmallows and make s’mores by the fireside. (Joe was with us the previous night to enjoy the fire.)

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Friday morning Chris and I packed up and headed home. It was a fantastic trip, but I couldn’t stop the tears as we headed down the road and I watched Lake Tahoe fade in the mirror behind us.

We arrived home safe and sound with a couple of hours to spare before we had to head off to have my blood work done for the week. It only takes a few hours to get the results in every week and every week I cross my fingers and hope it’s as close to normal as you can get being on chemo. This weeks blood work was a little off. The white cells that they keep an eye on are low this week. That is to be expected and just means that I have to take extra care to stay away from anyone who is sick. So I’m staying at home and avoiding going out for a bit. Not to mention keeping my fingers crossed I didn’t pick up anything while I was in Tahoe. But since I know I can get sick easily I am always careful to take extra precautions anyway. Hand washing and hand sanitizer are my friends!

Something else happened this week. My hair started falling out. Yep, as soon as I start seeing bald patches I’m heading to the hair dresser and getting is shaved off. I will up date you when the time comes.

Finally, a respite. This is my “no chemo week”. And quite frankly, I’m glad. It’s been such a full, busy week I need some time to just rest and recuperate to get ready for my next 3 weeks of chemo.

Well I think that about covers it for this time. Thanks for following along.

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About Wendy Jo Savage

Wife. Mother. Maker. Lover of Nature.
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