Patience, please

    I know one of the keys to a good blog is to post entries frequently. I also know that I have failed at that too often. Despite my best intentions, I sometimes don’t post every day or even every other day.

     Now, for the excuse. I have to miss work at least one day a month for my daughter, Ellen’s, chemo treatments and sometimes more than that if she gets sick in in the interim. While the chemo is killing her leukemia, it also lowers her resistance which makes her vulnerable to infections.

     Yesterday, for example, my husband, Brian, and I took her to her treatment in Fargo in the early morning and she received a blood draw, chemo and spinal tap. We got home about 3 p.m. and Ellen went to lay down on the couch. Brian noticed she was warm when he sat own beside her and took her temperature. It was 102 so we called MeritCare (where we had just been) and the doctor said to take her to Altru for antibiotics and a blood culture. We gathered up Ellen and her blankie and headed to Grand Forks at 4 p.m. She had her blood draw and antibiotic drip and we got home about 6 p.m.

   Today I stayed home with her and will take her in to Altru for another antibiotic drip and to, hopefully, find out the results of her blood draw yesterday.

     The upshot of this is that I ended up not working two days, instead of one this week. I’m writing this quick update from my home computer while Ellen is resting. When I get back to work, I’ll be trying to catch up with my stories and editing duties I missed when I was gone.

     I’m not looking for sympathy, but for patience from anyone checking in on my blog. I’ll try to update as often as possible, but if I haven’t please don’t give up. I’ll do my best to make it worth waiting for.