We had a beautiful six days in Carefree, AZ, with brilliant sunshine and temps in the 70s. Rick's golf buddies flew in on Friday morning and the three of them played golf every day through Monday. They chose courses nowhere near the resort, so they had long days and I had lots of time to enjoy the pool. On Monday I had a hot stone massage, which was heavenly and I won't be waiting years for the next one!
We enjoyed some great dinners and conversation after golf. I must admit I was lucky that the restaurants I picked were pretty good and I think the guys were happy to let me make the dining decisions.
The Carefree resort was nice and a good value, the suite was big and nicely furnished. I wouldn't hesitate to go back. But all good things must come to an end and we flew home on a Jet Blue red eye that arrived at 5:30 or so in Boston. I actually slept on the flight - the beauty of a good sleeping aid - and then took a couple naps during the day.
Today was chemo day so we showed up at 8:30 but the medical team was running behind so despite my efforts to speed up the process by taking my own pre-meds, we still didn't get out of there until 11:15. The chemo is a 30 minute infusion and it amazes me how much time we spend in "wait" mode before it can be started.
After finishing, we picked up my sister and went to lunch at Olive Garden. I haven't eaten there in years but I must admit the soups are good. I had pasta fajioli and caesar salad, Mona and Rick had zuppa toscana and the house salad...and the breadsticks. I ordered the little zeppolis for dessert.
My labs were mostly in the good range...my red blood count and hemoglobin were a litle low but platelets were good and my white blood count is good. It appears the 50% reduction in the chemo is the right balance to keep my counts in the safe range.