And so it begins.
We had planned it before all of the diagnoses and doctor’s appointments. It was a getaway that we timed around Dave’s birthday to just relax. Despite all the appointments, none of them managed to spoil our 2 days. We stayed 2 nights in Animal Kingdom Lodge and were royally treated to some upgraded rooms and a bountiful seafood buffet meal. We watched the animals out of our window, soaked in a jacuzzi tub and took a culinary tour with some scrumptious samples. We deliberately did not plan to do any park visits, and that made for a relaxing, refreshing birthday trip.
Cathy’s lumpectomy surgery was scheduled for February 5th. However, given the family history of breast cancer, the surgeon wanted genetic testing done to ensure the breast cancer genes did not have the abnormalities that would indicate an inherited tendency for breast cancer. If that were the case, a mastectomy would be the safer surgery to perform. The timing was tight. The average turnaround was 7 days, which would be the Friday before the surgery. The results didn’t actually arrive until early Monday morning. To our relief, they were negative. That meant the schedule of appointments on Monday and Tuesday would go as planned, with the surgery on Tuesday afternoon.
It was a long day for both of us, and we were grateful to crawl into bed.
There had been one more test before the surgery that was actually pretty cool. Cathy had an echocardiogram to establish a baseline for her heart's function to compare to later tests during her chemo and Herceptin infusions. This is basically a sophisticated ultrasound of the heart, and, as Dave said, it proved Cathy had one. (Oooh. That was a dangerous thing to say.)
Work continued on readying the apartment for the couple arriving in the Spring before, during and after our trip. There was tile laid in the bathroom. And Cathy worked with Home Depot to finalize a design for kitchen cabinets. A new closet was framed and doors prepped and painted for re-hanging. With only a little more than a week before the next project starts, the drop-ins are trying to make as much progress as we can before our attention turns to the Beyond 90 house.