On Friday, we got the electric back but still had no hot water or heat. Thankfully, I must be in pretty good shape as I went up/down the 6 flights of stairs with cat food, groceries, a space heater and other necessities about 6 times on Saturday. On Sunday, the elevators were back and Monday saw the restoration of heat and hot water. It was great to take a hot shower! Finally, internet and cable service returned yesterday. We are officially back to normal.
In business school, we learned a theory called Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The hierarchy is a pyramid that starts with basic necessities such as food, water and shelter and ends with self-actualization, which is autonomy and achievement as the highest level. During the past week, I moved to the bottom of the pyramid as did most of my friends, colleagues and family that lived in the tri-state area.
There are still many people who had a much worse time than we did – those that lost their homes, livelihoods, friends and relatives. Even in our community, some apartments still have no power or heat and I feel quite sorry for what they are going through.
During the past week, I did not really think about my cancer, treatment choices or anything related to my health – just tried to get through the day and take care of the basics. I rescheduled my small bowel x-ray series but have not spent any time looking things up, reading the posts on the ACOR list or dwelling on my situation. It’s been quite refreshing to forget about all this cancer stuff for a week.
Now that I am moving up on the hierarchy of needs again, I have my monthly Sandostatin shot as well as the small bowel x-ray series scheduled for next week. I am meeting with my primary care physician after Thanksgiving to discuss my situation and choices as it relates to my cancer treatment – hopefully he will give me some perspective on the choices I face.
This morning the temperature plunged to 38 degrees. We are expecting a big Nor’easter today – I hope the power system and infrastructure here in NYC can deal with another storm. A lot of us are holding our breath!