Consolation Christmas

We are suppose to have dinner at my Brother’s inlaws house. My brother, his with and my nephew are in town from Hawaii (yes….) and my SIL’s 3 three sisters will be there also. Dinner is at 2-3pm, so our plan is to leave around 1:30ish. Dan even made a cheesecake last night to take over. His cheesecakes are Amazing!!

It’s Christmas morning and at 7am no one is up but me. Its my time to take care of the animals….. mainly Jack so he doesn’t have an accident. For a couple of hours everything feels normal. Around 9am, my husband awakes and finds his way downstairs, makes some coffee and gingerly sits on the couch. It is then that I start making breakfast, bacon and hashbrowns. I hold off on making eggs until our son gets up.

As the morning goes on, I can see there is something off about my husband. I can see it on his face that he is scared, more withdrawn and just really fatigued. I have already showered and dressed ready to go. He retires to the bedroom to lay down. We have about an hour before we are supposed to leave, so I’m thinking that he just needs a little time until he tells me he can’t go. Normally, he insist on me to going but not this time. Now he has me worried. As I sit by his bedside and try to muster up my positivity mode, I start to tear up. I tell him that I love him and that we will get through this just like before….this is temorary. I know you are scared and I am scared too, but ee will keep fighting. I have to believe that the Immunotherapy is working and it reacts differently that chemotherapy. I tell him that I’m not leaving his side and I will continue to annoy him with my positivity.

I contact my brother and family to let them know that we were not coming. I then go back upstairs and lay down with my husband and as he spoons me, we take a hour and a half nap.

It’s 3:30pm, we missed Christmas dinner and its too late to go to the store. It’s a good thing that I love to cook and I’m pretty good at improvising! So, I pulled some chicken breasts out of the freezer and threw them into a water bath to thaw. My thought is that I would do an itailian and herb panko the chicken and serve with potatoes and a veggie. Whelp, not panko so now I have to come up with something else. Still going with the veggie and potatoes, that’s easy! I remembered one of my friends posting something they made with wrapped in chicken. I sprayed a sheet pan with olive oil and laid out the chicken. I then spread basil pesto with salt and pepper; then spinach and arugula; then mozzarella and then top it with tomato pesto before wrapping the chicken closed sealing with a toothpick. Before putting into the oven at 350°, I sprinkle with Zesty italian seasoning, salt and pepper for added flavor. It turned out pretty well and my family loved it! Not bad for a consolation Christmas dinner.

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