Sunday, June 24, 2012

Leukemia - How is Jemma? - Day 7

Today Jemma was allowed to go outside again. She wasn't too excited about going out until we decided to play a trick on daddy and hide. She loved this game. When ever we could see him outside she would run ahead and hide. We ended up taking a good walk which included a stop at the hospital playground. I was blown away by how much energy she had.

 Being outside made us all forget she is fighting Leukemia. It seemed like such normal day. Then.......

We went back inside and she took a shower. Being here in the hospital is sort of like having a newborn. Newborns are very needy. A child connected to an IV machine is also very needy. Before she could easily do many things for herself; get her own food, drinks, books, games, go to the bathroom and get dressed. Now she needs help with all of those things and just walking down the hallway. When mothers take care of the needs of newborns there is a lot of bonding that takes place. This same effect is taking place again between Jemma and I.

Have you read the book The Five Love Languages? It is a book I really enjoyed. The author discusses five different ways in which people feel loved: quality time, words of affirmation, receiving gifts, physical touch and acts of service. The book is written for couples, but the main principles can be applied to any relationship. Once you understand the love language of the other person in the relationship things can be done by you, for them, to improve the relationship. I believe Jemma's two love languages are gifts and acts of service. Many people have brought her gifts and gifts really make her feel loved. The doctors, nurses, my husband and I have been doing lots of things for Jemma and this is the other way she feels loved. Although she probably wouldn't choose being in the hospital and being sick, the time she is spending here is definitely making her feel more loved.

I really hope she continues to feel good. Tomorrow will be her first day of chemo.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

3 comments:

  1. I loved the 5 love languages, as well. It's a good book for anyone and any point in their lives! Good luck tomorrow! I am sure you will all do amazing!

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  2. So great that you found time to enjoy the park ~ good to find moments of normal and joy :-) And The Five Love Languages sounds interesting... I'll have to see if our library has it. Thanks for sharing at Happy Family Times x

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  3. Lovely to see these pictures of Jemma playing outside from the Summer, I have not read the book but the 5 languages of love you mention are indeed all so important for us all. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

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