Trees were changing colors into yellow and red. The mountain in front of me was magnificent.
We delayed to arrive in Idyllwild so much more than we had planned, but the log cabin, our stay, was waiting for us with twinkling orange outer lights and a seasonal wreath at the entrance in the pitch darkness of the forest night as if a picture in a fairy tale.
This is a Finnish log cabin, which has a cathedral ceiling at least 15 feet high. Our family time spent in this big beautiful cabin was so joyful that it didn’t betray my expectation at all.
Yet, a bad cold which started a few days before the trip was with me all the time during the trip, also:
First day I gradually lost my voice followed by a sleepless night with heavily stuffed nose.
The third day my voice came back, so we went to Lake Hemet for fishing. After we spent more than two hours to get licenses, parking permits, and all equipment, by the time we got the lake, the thick cloud started covering the sky and all of sudden, the temperature dropped.
We were freezing and gave up fishing within an hour without any catch
That night I was attacked by a relentless heavy cough.
Even after I got home, the symptoms have continued and today I had to cancel a chemo infusion including Tykerb, an oral drug, for a week due to a fever. I did have a flu shot about two weeks ago though, how come I got sick? I wondered.
Canceling Tuesday night Bible Study and Thursday volunteering at a homeless shelter, I realized that I was a chemo patient whose immune system was weak. I should not load too much, but I am so thankful that I could make another memorable birthday trip with my beloved family in spite of the cold.