I didn't do anything more than anyone else would be doing during this time of year...shopping, wrapping, cleaning, baking, etc. We were hosting Christmas for Hubby's side of the family tonight so I did a little cleaning (bathrooms, floors, vacuum, etc) and just did some general preparations around the house. I made brownies (from scratch and the young Burleson men - including my son - absolutely LOVE these brownies), as well as a baked potato casserole. Luckily I didn't have to cook the whole meal because I put Hubby in charge and he picked up BBQ. I tried to do some Christmas shopping with K earlier in the day but went to three stores and had no luck. I managed to wrap some of the gifts Hubby bought and then I was done. After the clean-up was finished, so was my energy. I crashed on the couch around 9pm. I'd be in bed right now if my restless legs syndrome hadn't kicked in.
I guess the lesson I need to learn is that just because I'm finished with chemo, chemo is not finished with me. It continues to sap my strength and energy and shows me that my stamina is nonexistent. My surgery is scheduled for next Friday (January 3rd) and I know I will be weaker than a newborn kitten after that. At least I will have a few weeks to do nothing but rest, as that's all I'll be allowed to do.
The hustle and bustle of the holidays can get the best of any of us. Thanks to chemo, it may take me longer and I may huff & puff my way through, but I'm getting my stuff done and we will have our usual merry little Christmas.