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The weekend that wasn’t

I wish I could tell you we had a fun-packed weekend, but while it didn’t stink, it sure wasn’t anything to get excited about.

Do we look like 4 cancer moms? Well, these are 3 very special friends (from left, Annike, me, Nicole and Tracey) who’ve seen my through some rough days and our friendship is a blessing. (And disgustingly, half of me is hidden behind Nicole..but only half of me would fit *sigh*)

We went to a beach party hosted by the Children’s Cancer Center on Thursday night and as we were getting ready to load up into the car and head home, Peyton started to complain that she didn’t feel good. Her tummy hurt, her head hurt, her legs hurt.  As she got her heavy duty dose of chemo and started her steroids on Wednesday, that wasn’t a complete surprise.  What did surprise me was that when I picked her up to put her in the carseat, she felt warm.

I’m sure normal moms don’t keep thermometers in their purse, but just as I always have my keys (*snort!), some chapstick and my cell phone, I also always carry a thermometer, EMLA (numbing cream for her port) and some Press ‘n Seal (which stands in for tape, because it sticks to the skin but comes off easily, we LUVs us some Press ‘n Seal).

I got out my handy dandy thermometer and she was running a low-grade temp, just high 99’s.  As we have to head to the hospital anytime she spikes over 101, I was concerned and watched her carefully over the night.  I was supposed to drive over to Daytona to help my mom take care of my dad who is recovering from hip surgery.  As each day of the weekend went by with the same low-grade fever, I had to finally tell them that I couldn’t come.  I was disappointed that I couldn’t be there to help out my parents, but I have to always take the risk of taking Peyton anywhere, especially if I know she’s already at risk for a full blown fever.  Can I tell you how much that sucks?

So, the rest of the weekend has been just watching her and monitoring her. She’s felt pretty cruddy. Nothing outright wrong, but just not herself. She’s been lethargic and her color has been off, her sweet little eyes just show the wear and tear of the chemo on her system.  She hasn’t even been all that hungry this month, which is unusual because last month she was like a bear storing up for hibernation.

Sunday night we went to see Wall-E….a post for another time there…and she crawled up into my lap and had trouble staying awake.  She just wanted to snuggle and when I’d move my arm from around her, she’d grab it and pull it back to hold her. By the end of the movie my arm was cramped and my leg was asleep, but if that’s what she needs to get through the movie, no problem.

I just ask for prayers for Peyton as her body works to recoup this week. Her body is aching and I can tell she’s uncomfortable, but she doesn’t want me to give her anything for pain so she just fights through it.  She needs good rest and time to get back up to her normal blurring speed.

Please keep the prayers going for Peyton and her many friends battling this miserable monster of a disease.

This is also our last week before school starts on the 18th, as it is for many families. So let’s make sure to keep all the kids, the parents and teachers in our prayers as well.

**more pictures of the beach fun available by clicking on Flickr.

13 Comments on “The weekend that wasn’t”

  1. #1 Christi
    on Aug 10th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Praying for her this week, and for you!

    Christis last blog post..Itch and rash update!

  2. #2 Izzy
    on Aug 10th, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Sorry about your weekend. I hope Peyton is feeling better really soon. Like yesterday soon 🙂

    Izzys last blog post..Yeah, well YOUR mom is a lunch box sniffer…

  3. #3 To Think Is To Create
    on Aug 10th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    I totally understand the not going places, can’t take them places thing. All of it. Totally sucks.

    I looked through the Flickr pics, what gorgeous kids. You looked beautiful, too, so stop being so hard on yourself!

    To Think Is To Creates last blog post..Weekly Twitterings: My Favorite Tweets

  4. #4 Double Agent Girl
    on Aug 11th, 2008 at 5:55 am

    Fear not my friend. You are almost to the end of her terrible storm. The horizon is in view and she’ll make it there. She just might have to walk instead of run.

    Double Agent Girls last blog post..Life in the Aftermath

  5. #5 Elinor
    on Aug 11th, 2008 at 9:02 am

    So sorry that your sweetie (and you) had a poor weekend. Peyton is so much like you, she fights (both mentally and physically) through all of it. Next year, I am sure, this will all be a memory and you all will be playing in the sand in good health.

  6. #6 Stacey
    on Aug 11th, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Hi Anissa!

    Peyton, you and all the Mayhews are in our prayers. God made Peyton a fighter- just like He made her mommy! Keep up your positive outlook- NO ROOM FOR NEGATIVITY- always remembering what’s important…

    You go girlz!!

  7. #7 arachesostufo italy
    on Aug 11th, 2008 at 11:50 am

    ciao da venezia

  8. #8 Tropic of Mom
    on Aug 11th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Sending prayers…

    Tropic of Moms last blog post..Just say no to Future Ant Farmers of America

  9. #9 Karalyn
    on Aug 11th, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Hugs for Peyton. I hope she feels better soon.

  10. #10 Evon Mease
    on Aug 11th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Oh poor sweet Peyton! What a trooper not wanting pain meds 🙂 I am praying Anissa and I took parts of this to post in my children’s email to the prayer warriors! I only took parts as my email unfortunately gets long anymore….so many kids! I hope you don’t mind.

    Give her a big hug for me!!!!


  11. #11 Jennifer
    on Aug 11th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Praying for you guys…wish I was closer to help.

    Jennifers last blog post..FFF; Having a Ball On Our California Vaca!

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