I just wanted to give you a quick update on Team Fouch. We have conquered another week, tackling our opponent, day by day, play by play! Matt started feeling like himself by Monday morning. The last infusion of chemo was a bit more intense when it came to side effects. We were prepared with the right attitude, support and leadership from our head coach. The rash came, as they predicted, but we had the tools to help ease the pain. The mouth-sores came, but we were armed with "Magic Mouthwash" and a full bottle of mouth rinse. The nausea came, but we were able to keep it under control. The fatigue hit, but Matt was able to sleep as needed without feeling like he had to do something.
He made it to Jake's game! He sat for a little over a quarter, watching our other favorite team, The Pioneers, battle against Forest Hills Northern. We were so incredibly touched by FHN's support. They also wore "Team Fouch" stickers on the back of their helmets. Jake gave him his routine thumb's up while running on the field, which gave Matt peace knowing that any amount of time he stayed and watched would be okay! Jake has always had this habit of looking for Matt during games. This has gone on in every sport he has played on since he was very young. When he couldn't find Matt during the second quarter, it was Zac that told him that "Dad will be listening to the game, and cheering really loud!" Sometimes I think that kid is an old soul buried in an eleven year old's body. Maddie and I cheered from the stands with Bumpa, Hamma and Grandpa Fouch! The win was fantastic by The Pioneers!
So I titled this update as "Water Bottle Half-Full" because that is how we are looking at life. Yes, Matt would have loved to stay for the whole game, but, he was lucky enough to see what he did just a day after a chemo infusion. When we were at the Cancer Center Friday to have his pump disconnected we both noticed a few things. The office waiting room was filled with people, all with different stories. Some were wheeled in by staff from the nursing home they resided in. Some were young and others were elderly. Some people had family members with them, some had friends and some were alone. Some looked very ill, others looked like they could run a marathon. Some patients were business executives and others had different abilities that made them special and unique. As I continued to observe what was happening around the waiting room, it hit me! We indeed have a glass (water bottle) that is at least half full. And guess what?! When our glass starts to run low, we can refill it in so many ways! For this we are grateful! Thank you for helping us keep it half full (many times it is overflowing)! The prayers, notes, good thoughts, hugs, kind words and your unbelievably kind actions have kept us hydrated!
Wishing you all a weekend that has your glass at least half full.
Love to all, Team Fouch