I’ve decided I can balance the amount of water I’m using everyday to wash out all the carpet coverings by not showering.

We got up after four hours of sleep to go outside and then start the laundry. An hour later the “famotidine alarm” went off and we went outside again after I gave her the pill. At 5 a.m. the “prednisone/Tramadol/Dasuquin” alarm went off and I meant to wake up, but somehow didn’t. Mina came to get me around 6:20 a.m. Outside for a potty break, back in for some pills and a hearty breakfast of Chow Now, boiled chicken, and mashed potatoes.

The laundry’s done for the morning and Mina has eaten twice. I’ve cooked more Chow Now and some boneless, skinless carcass and all is sanitized and clean again.

I feel like I’m living in an alternate universe. I see people, I hear from friends every day, but this is such an isolating experience. I lied about not dwelling on the news that the lymphoma may be in her bone marrow.