Sunday, March 31, 2013

Day Minus Five

Happy Easter Everybody!

Today has been a very wonderful day. My mom, sister and I visited a charming little church for Easter this morning. We listened to music and it was nice being with people who were just enjoying this holiday. After going to church we went to the hospital and got my dad breakfast and made him go for a walk! He is very tired but he still enjoys scaring the nurses a bit with his "jokes." The other day he told the nurse when she came to get his chemo bag that they hadn't hooked up the bag properly and that the chemo had been running down the side of the bed. The look on her face was priceless:) One of the nice things about the Mayo is how they let patients go out on pass. My dad has been able to take advantage of that and everyday after his chemo at 12:00-2:00pm we go out and get lunch! Today we visited Famous Daves which inspired us to make a restaurant review for anyone who would like to come visit! Tomorrow will be his last day of Busolfan and then on Tuesday he will start getting Cyclophosphamide which is the more toxic chemo. He will have  to get a catheter put in for the two days that he will be receiving that to help his body function. He isn't looking forward to that but hopefully it will go fast. If anyone would like to call my dad in his room his number is 507-287-5308! Thank you for all of your love and support!
~Laura Katchmark

We have visited the following  restaurants:

Victoria's: 1 out of 5 stars (If you like Italian and are knowledgeable in Italian fare then this is a nice sit down restaurant for you but if you have no clue about what to expect like us you might want to have a back up plan. Sarah for example ordered spaghetti and it came with capers and a whole tree of olives that she gave up picking out.)

Famous Dave's: 5 out of 5 stars (As usual for my family of meat lovers this was exceptional and not too fancy! Almost everything is delicious but my mom tried a new dish which was the citrus lime shrimp and we all agreed it was very very good!)

The Canadian Honker: 41/2 out of 5 stars ( This little restaurant with its friendly atmosphere was great for a family or for anyone wanting a variety of choices in foods. I had a New York strip and it was one of the better dishes I've had over the weekend! The waitress we had was extremely nice and the prices were pretty good!)

Michael's: 4 out of 5 (One of the themes in these sit down restaurants are lots of very beautiful paintings! Both Victoria's and Michael's had some of the best. The food itself was very good but the dishes can get a bit expensive.)

Newts: 5 for the hamburgers but 2 for cleanliness (This little bar and burger joint is perfect for a casual inexpensive lunch. They have very good home made french fries but be sure if your ordering a burger to specify how you would like it cooked. My dad got one that was a bit on the rare side. It also isn't as clean as some of the restaurants but if you are the type of person who isn't bothered by that then try it out!)

They asked me what I love about my life.
I smiled and said you. 


  1. Tim, Beth, Laura, & Sara - We heard about Tim last night. My thoughts and prayers have been with you constantly since I heard. We will be praying for your family and doctors.

    Jennifer, Mike & Brittany Welter

  2. Praying, Praying, Praying!!! Love you guys!!