Saturday, January 30, 2010

Almost Halfway

Thursday was the 2nd of 4 appointments in 4 out of a total of 8 cycles, which means we are almost at the halfway point in Clay's chemo.  We have 18 appointments left.  The first one in this cycle was a difficult one, as seems to be the pattern, and Clay had a lot of aches and pains. This week they cut out the vencristin, and already we see a big difference in how he is feeling.

If you sent us a gift certificate to the Lebanese Market over the holidays, thank you!  It came with no identifying information.  Since it is Clay and my favorite place to eat lunch, we have enjoyed it thoroughly.  Please identify yourself!

Blogging is very much a one-way street.  When I started writing, it was the easiest way to reach out with news about Clay during a very difficult time.  Now that our lives have settled into a "new normal" I am not sure what to do.  Could you let me know if you would like to continue reading the blog --  by commenting, or by signing in?   I know in the past it was difficult to leave comments, but I think I have fixed that so it should be easier.   

What does all of this have to do with Elmo?  Well Grace and I enjoyed a mother-daughter weekend in NYC recently, visiting our friend and Grace's godmother, Caroline.  We packed a lot of NY experiences into 24 hours.  Did you know that taxis now have tv playing in the back seat?  I had to keep saying "Grace, look OUTSIDE the taxi!"  But we did not expect to see Elmo and Cookie Monster hanging out in Rockefeller Center.

Finally, something to be thinking about as the snow continues to fall in Washington... JD and I are going to be recruiting a team for a 5K "Race for Hope" in May.  Here is the link.

Please consider joining our team -- more information to come after the snow has melted and we can find our running shoes.


  1. Please don't stop blogging, Mary! Patrick and I check in every week to see photos of his buddy and for me to read the updates. I know it is time-consuming for you - but, it is a non-intrusive way for us to keep informed of Clay's progress.

    and, count me in for the race! I'd love to join your team!

  2. Keep blogging! I check every week or so to see how Clay and the family are doing! xoxo, Erin

  3. Please keep writing Mary! I definitely check in every couple weeks to see how you all are doing. Miss you!

  4. We are here! We are here! We are here!

  5. Thanks for blogging, we love Clay and it helps us know how he is doing. Count me in for the race!

  6. I completely agree with Alicia. I love to know how Clay and your entire family are doing and how I can pray for you. Reading the blog keeps me updated without feeling that I am bugging you all with phone calls. Thank you for the time you take to do this.