Dear Friends and Family,
I'm sorry it took me so long to update you about the latest with us. I have to admit I've been a total "blob" today (Tuesday - 3/18) trying to get over the 3 weeks gone plus the amazingly long day yesterday trying to get home to Clinton, TN. But, yes, we are, in fact, HOME!!!!
Our weekend was pleasant with our family in for a visit. We ate out at the Japanese restaurant again (at Matthew's request), looked around in some beautiful stores, and saw their oldest daughter's apartment that lives in Chelsea in Manhattan. They joined us at the hospital on Monday during Matthew's treatment which was very cool since we're used to it being "just us"!
After the treatment on Monday, we returned to Ronald Mc House and rested for awhile. Matthew and I neither one rested very well in NY so we always needed a little rest to get through the day. Sure glad we got it because we would need it later on.
We had to vacuum, clean the bedroom and bathroom, and wash & fold linens before we could be inspected to leave Ronald McD House. We already have a room reserved there for the weeks we will return for Matthew's future treatments. They are SO great there.
We packed and decided to go ahead and get a cab and wait to eat at the airport so we wouldn't rush. As soon as we sat down to eat at the airport, we found out that our flight was delayed an hour, from 9:30 to 10:30 pm. It was 7:45 p.m. at the time. Yes, we had PLENTY of time!!
We finally boarded at 10:45 p.m. on a through flight which put us in Knoxville at 1 am and home at 2 am. We drug in the suitcases, brushed our teeth and went to bed! Ahhhhhh! In our OWN beds!
The good news is that Matthew made it through the evening just fine and has felt well today. He's played his video games, talked with his friends and had a buddy over for a while. It was good to hear him laughing with his friends. That's always a good sound!
We found out from Corporate Angels today that they will not be an option for us because there is no one they work with that flies out of Knoxville because the airport is so small. We thankfully have precious friends at church who have made our next few trips available through their sky miles.
Greg is planning to go with Matthew for his next treatment. They will leave Sunday evening (Easter) and return on Monday evening after Matthew's treatment that day.
I will continue to keep everyone updated on Matthew but possibly not quite as often. Let me express my deepest gratitude for the calls, cards, gifts, and e-mails we have received over the past 3 weeks while in NYC. We have received so much encouragement and strength from them. I still love to get up each morning and the check the computer to see what "mail" I have.
Many of you I look forward to "hugging" in person in the next few days!!
God bless each of you.