Mel wanted to make sure that everyone realized how "shithead" (the IV stand) was pronounced. It is shi-/th/ead....... It is something that came about from Greg's mission that has always struck us funny.
Today has been a bit of an emotional day for Mel. She started to lose her hair. She would run her fingers through it and chunks started to come with it. So she decided that it was time to just shave it off. Mel and my mom were pretty emotional about it as you could imagine. My mom could not do it. It was just too much. Her CNA (Melanie) just couldn't do it either. So Natalia, her nurse did it for her. She has a very nicely shaped head I must say. :) We all think that she looks great! I admire her strength so much!
There were a couple other emotional moments in the day as well. Her cousin Julie brought her a "cancer" bear. It comes with a little story of how the bears came to be. It had these words: "give this teddy a squeeze and it'll give you the strength to be brave, the courage to face any challenge and the heart to live each day to the fullest." As Julie read it to Mel there were some tears. It was so sweet of Julie and it is the softest bear.
She also received a scrapbook from her Kindergarten class. It was little book with pictures of her class. It was about feelings. It had things that Melanie can do with the different feelings that she may be having while she is in the hospital. It had pictures of 3-4 students with a different feeling written on it. One side would be the kids making the face of scared or lonely, etc, then on the other side it would have things that she could do to help her not feel that way. Like "hold a doll" or "call someone". Mel's motto to her students is "Do your best. Always do your best!" So they wanted to encourage her like she always encourages them. It was the cutest thing. Melanie was so very touched by it.
So it was an emotional day for Mel. But it was a good day! That is what counts. She is just so strong. She will do her best and she will stay strong! That is just who Melanie is. :) Thanks to everyone for all your support and prayers. It means so much to Mel, Kaden and our family.
I love you Mel! Here is to a good night of napping. ;)