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Mid-terms

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Well, after brain surgery, brain radiating, biopsying and three weeks of chemo, plus getting blood and taking vitamins and walking and “I don’t know what’all,” not to mention every kind of scan known to medicine (I figure next time I go to Duke, they’ll fit me with a permanent bar code), the docs decided to put me through a full-body PET scan back at Duke last Thursday (full-body being from top of head to just down below the “dirty parts”).  The results according to my doc were “good and as expected” and he advised that I should have a drink and celebrate the weekend.  Excuse me for not posting sooner, but I do believe I may have had ” another orange drink”  too many.  Keep the faith.

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Friday “Twilight”

In Uncategorized on May 17, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    It turned out that what the doctor ordered was for me to receive 2 units of packed, whole blood.  Score one for imaginative ears.  Let me see, after about 1:45 hours getting chemo on Thursday, plus about 2:45 hours getting blood before my shots on Friday……let’s just say that I haven’t spent that much time awake in the presense of drips since I ran the “fish bowl” one year during rush at the Phi Kappa Sigma house back at W&L.  “Our college friendships soon must sever, and fade…….”  Never mind!  I don’t know if this one experience with transfusing will leave me with a taste for blood, but if you find me around some evening talking with a strange sepulchral accent and wearing a black cape and white make-up, don’t think twice about it.  It’s how I usually get ready for bed.

    After an achy yesterday, I am feeling better and more energetic than I have in a long time.  Maybe these good docs know a little something about what they are doing?

    Keep the faith!

Good Chemo, Weird Instructions

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2009 at 10:33 am

     Hello fans and friends.  I apologize for a rather lengthy silence, but a semi-uneventful week and a half (assuming that my son’s 16th birthday and getting his license is eneventful) have posed several distractions.  Plus, I’ve been writing something in a slightly longer form that may or may not be ready for posting soon.

    Anyway, the trip to Duke yesterday went smoothly.  All signs remain encouraging with the Doc saying I’m a good kind of poster boy of some such, ‘ceptin’ my hemoglobin is still low, so I need to continue upping the iron intake.  Added to my regimen of injections at Lex today, I am supposed to receive two eunichs with packed blood.  Now, where do you find eunichs is these enlightened days?  Will they be castrati and sing grand opera to me?  Will there be a conference room set aside for this purpose or will I receive them in my treatment room at OPS?  What am I supposed to talk about with them?  How will they be carrying packed blood?  Will they be carrying it in bottles in back packs or will they be sipping it through rubber tubes in those koala or or camel-back packs or whatever they’re called that distance bikers wear these days?  These are questions yet to be answered and that I’ll fill you in on this after……

    Well, my wife is tapping me on the shoulder and claims that I must have misheard the doctor.  What I’m to receive (in the form of an IV) is two “units,” not “eunichs,” of packed blood, but whom should a person believe, his wife or his own two ears?  I guess we all know the answer to that!!!  I guess that’s another question I’ll be able to answer this afternoon.

    Till so0n, keep the faith!