My day started early, but 5am in California was actually sleeping in until 7!! My dad and I enjoyed a cup of coffee and a long conversation. At 8am I got out for a long walk, it was only 40 degrees. I got in 3 1/2 miles and it felt great to start the day knowing I had 10,000 steps in already, especially since I was short yesterday. My mom had to get blood work done and she ordered a wig that was ready to be picked up. I think she looks great bald and with her bandannas and hats, but she felt self conscious of looks of pity. Her hair was growing back unevenly patchy and white. She looks great with "normal" hair again but it's so much grayer than she had before the cancer hit. Because of her low white blood counts, she has to get shots everyday, even Thanksgiving. It makes her cold and she has to be careful not to be around sick people.
Monika got in around 2pm. We visited for a while and then at 4pm left for a bit of shopping and car care. We went to Costco to get the tires rotated--that took an hour-- and then to pick up Jessi from her 7 hour flight in from the east cost. We went to In-N-Out for dinner together and enjoyed a great time catching up. Jessi is suffering from a cold or sinus problem and my mom can't get too close to her. There is so much effort being put into keeping my mom "healthy" and prolonging her life. It's hard to think about not being all together next year. Monika is planning to go abroad. I know it's hard for Erika to get time off and it's a hard for Jessi to travel all the way from east coast for such a short time. So I have to really soak in this Thanksgiving, knowing it might be the last one we are all together for a while.