Posted by: davidalemmink | July 14, 2008

Monday, July 14

The first week has passed. David is doing OK, but is experiencing some of the classic symptoms of chemo.

Friday, he woke up and got up to get ready for work. He began experiencing one particular symptom, and decided it would be too difficult to be at work, so he decided to stay home. Good choice. He spent much of the day sleeping. Sleep seems to be a good place to be.

Throughout the day, Friday, being in contact with David’s mom, Carol, she asked if we would like to go out to dinner. Grandma Betty is up from Florida and that would be a nice way to see her and spend some time. He wanted to go, but wasn’t sure if it would be do-able. Following his nap, we made the decision to go and decided to meet them at the restaurant. We had a nice dinner, Carol, Grandma, Ellen, David, John and me. Following, we came right home, and it’s amazing how something so simple, easy and normal, can be so exhausting. That was it for the day.

Saturday was uneventful. I went to knitting, and David & John stayed home, not doing too much. GOOD. If that’s the way it is for a while, so be it.

Sunday, we had a quiet morning. I got ready for Christine’s baby shower, and Elisabeth and I headed out around 1:45. David and John left for Diane’s around 2:30 or so. Elisabeth and I went to Diane’s following the shower. Diane and Jeff had the family over to spend some time with Grandma while she is here. It was nice to see everyone, and it was a fun day. We came home around 7:00 and David crashed on the sofa. He really needs that nap in the afternoon if he is going to make it through a whole day.

Today he’s at work. It is hard, being tired and having to go through your day like everything is normal. It’s NOT normal, and it will be an adjustment. Adjusting your day and your thinking. Thinking normal, feeling abnormal.

Also, we learned last week that Gary and Burt’s dad is ill. Last week Sunday they were all up at their cottage, and Jerry fainted. The ambulance came and took him to Blodgett. Blodgett sent him to Butterworth as he had an aneurysm. Surgery was performed and he was placed in a drug-induced coma. That is the last we have heard. Please pray for Jerry.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Love, Connie



  1. Sleep is not a bad thing! I can’t imagine a more comfortable place to be. I appreciate the update but I am sorry you don’t feel well Dave. Just keep a bathroom close!
    You are in my prayers every day.
    Love and peace, Lexie

  2. Just got off the road from my every-six-week trip to Iowa to see my Mom, and wanted to check this out right away. I know fatigue is something that cannot be ignored, and you’re very wise to grab as much sleep as you can. It’s good that you trust how you feel to guide what you are up to each day. Staying rested is really important!
    Prayers and love always,

  3. Thanks for the update. Keep your spirits up. We are praying for all of you.

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