Thursday, October 9, 2008


I wish I had more exciting news to pass along.

Life is fantastic!

Someone anonymously gave Josh and I a weekend stay out in Zion. To them, I tip my hat. It was a wonderful weekend. We stayed at a brand new lodge. The Cable Mountain Lodge. I could have stayed there a week. It was gorgeous! We ate at the Bit 'n' Spur. A classic favorite. I used to work right across the street from the Bit (Switchback Grille) when I was in high school. It was a fun job and I made a few good bucks in my teenage years. I was the only underage server. Beats working at McD's.

The next morning we hiked the Narrows. 4 of my tween into teen years were spent living in Virgin so I have hiked Angel's Landing many many times. It is my favorite hike. But, no matter how many times I go to Zion, it never ceases to amaze me. I have always loved it more than the Grand Canyon. The world truly doesn't understand the outstanding beauty we have right at our back door. It makes me ashamed that I live so close and don't take advantage of it more often.

Thank you thank you. To the anonymous person(s) that put that together for us. We loved it!

I have started radiation. It is pretty easy. I am there only about 15 minutes and I have to lay still for about 2 minutes. I go early in the morning so I am back before my kids are off to school. Then I have the rest of my day clear. My skin is just starting to turn red and be a little sensitive. Pretty easy in comparison.

I have discovered chemo has killed my nearly perfect track record of teeth. I have only had one teeny tiny cavity my entire life. I didn't even have to have any anesthetics when they fixed it. The Dr.'s and experts all told me that it probably wouldn't stay perfect because of the chemo. Ha! I shook my head and told them they don't know my teeth. They have never let me down before. Well, I went to the dentist a couple of weeks ago and discovered I had 6 cavities!!! SIX! I wanted to cry. I feel like I should just tell the dentist (who happens to be Josh's dad) to yank them all out and start over. I was/am devastated. I fly out to Georgia in a week and he will fix them for me. I was telling Josh last night that I hate dentists. I don't hate Josh's dad, I just hate going to the dentist. I think I actually fear the dentist more than I do cancer. Pathetic. I know. I had so much work done on my mouth when I was teen (braces, imbedded wisdom teeth, uncut extracted permanent teeth, implants) that it was enough to scar me for life. I may or may not wet myself on the dental chair in fear.

Enough of that.

I wish I had more exciting info to pass along. I guess that is why I haven't posted in awhile. Not much of a dog and pony show going here.

At the risk of sounding redundant, thank you all again for everything you do!


The Allred Family said...

How fun! It never ceases to amaze me how generous people have been with you. Wow. Beautiful pics. I love Zion's. I haven't been in a LONG time. I feel your pain about the cavitites. I have at LEAST 3 every time. Anywho....I am so glad u are happier with the radiation than chemo!

Sona Peterson said...

You got something against working at McD's? It was an honest days work at $3.15 per hour OKAY!!! (plus i got some sweet deals on apple turnovers!)

Christin said...

Sorry I've been the world's WORST FRIEND EVER LATELY. Sorry, I just got murdered at the dentist two days ago and am still trying to recover.


I'll call you tomorrow.

Charity said...

Oh quit your complaining! I have 6 cavities EVERY time I go to the dentist! hahaha. I hate the dentist for that reason. So sorry! I'm so excited you guys got to enjoy Zion! I took a trip this last spring. It was amazing! I felt the same way, how could I have grown up so close and not visit it more. Springdale is such a charming town!

The Baker Family said...

Hey Paige! How's it goin? Sounds like you're doing pretty well, considering the circumstances. I can't wait to go to Vegas again so that I can come see you. Let's not meet at a park this time. That didn't end up so well last time! I may be down for New Year's. Maybe sooner. I'll call ya!