We are waiting for the doctor to release Sal so we can bring him home! This was his last round of consolidation! They are also going to remove his PIC line that he has had in his arm for the past seven months! He is so excited he will be able to take a shower without having to wrap his arm!!! The next couple of days are going to be busy! We have been celebrating Christmas Eve with our neighbors the Bofills and Castles for over 10 years, so we will be cooking all day tomorrow and we are also cooking food for the Menifee Christmas Dinner that serves Christmas dinner for people in need. So needless to say we need Sal home so he can start peeling potatoes! We are cooking 30 pounds of potatoes, two turkeys, and two hams…..We don’t have time for this cancer!
Our journey is not over yet , but we want to say thank you to several people:
We would like to say THANK YOU so much to the OCTA IT Department (Orange County Transit Authority – Computer Dept) They adopted our family this year and brought the kids gifts and money for us to do something with the family! Sal worked for OCTA 5 years ago. A driver saw our TV interview and mentioned it to a supervisor. Somehow, the word spread and the IT department wanted to adopt us. Sal worked in the IT department for a little while during his 10 years that he worked for OCTA. We are so blessed to have people like the IT department in our lives…even after 5 years of not seeing him they still remembered him and wanted to do something special for us THANK YOU SO MUCH!
We would also like to say THANK YOU to the 163rd Security Force and Family Readiness Group at March Air Force Base. On Friday, we were surprised with a large BUCKET of food, games, and toys for the kids along with $75 in Walmart gift cards. They have been so helpful during the past 7 months. When Sal was first diagnosed they came and cleaned our backyard and they have continued to check on us each month Thank you so much!
We would also like to say THANK YOU to the Riverside Sheriff Deputies that have donated their vacation time. We are VERY grateful for this. Sal had about 5 months of vacation and sick time when he was first diagnosed and I believe in October it ran out, not sure on the exact time. If it wasn’t for the donated vacation time we would have to pay $1400 a month for insurance!
We would also like to say THANK YOU to the Court services for all or their donations. Mylene Green for organizing a very enthusiastic Zumbathon fundraiser!
We would also like say THANK YOU to the Riverside County Sheriff’s academy class that will be graduating in January for their donation. Sal used some of the money to buy a bike to take Jacob to school when he was home, so not only did you help Sal but you also made Jacob happy
We would also like to say THANK YOU to all of the people that have helped the past seven months go by a lot smoother. If you have not been in our exact same position, there is no way of making someone understand how tiring, emotional and physically hard it is on everyone involved. The kids have been blessed with amazing teachers and friends to help them. Sal and I have been blessed with AMAZING friends. The Mull Family, Canales Family, and the Shumway family have been so gracious to give up time to organize fundraisers to help us financially during this time. You know you live in a great community when everyone tries to help each other even if they don’t know you!
We would also like to say THANK YOU to Maria (aka Grandma) and Anthony, Brian and Candie, and Dennis for everything that they have done. They have made us feel like family and have helped us so much
We would like to say THANK YOU to the “Guys”. They stayed with Sal several days during the first two months to give me a break and I am not sure how we could have done it without them. They not only supported us physically but also financially and emotionally. No matter where they lived they wanted to help Sal in whatever way they could.
Last but definitely not least, we would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to the staff at Kaiser Permanente 4 West in Riverside. I can not say enough about how great they have been during the past seven almost eight months. They have had to deal with our highs and lows. We could not have done it without their help! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING!!! As with anyone in any profession it is a calling and these nurses are angels. They have helped Sal stay strong and keep fighting. I don’t think he could have made it this far without their strength that they gave him.