Tuesday, October 19, 2010

19th - Conditioner Seems Silly

Happy Birthday today to my Dad, Dan Sr.  I love you.

Sorry for missing a few days of posts.  I attribute it to extreme melancholy with my situation.  That is in the past now and I am back to the expected level of positive mojo.

Stuart and I rated each of the last few days as they went by.  We did this to set up some expectation of what "normal" might be, but it will also give you some insight into what has been going on.  Sorry in advance to the believers in the 1-5 or 1-7 Likert Scale...we went with the tried and true 1-10 Cancer Sucks Scale (with 1 being the worst feeling in the world and 10 being the best).  Here is how we catalogued the days:

Thursday (Chemo Day): Can't recall...passed out
Friday (Day After): 7
Saturday: 4 (I actually feel asleep in the middle of the Hokie's rout of Wake Forest)
Sunday: 6
Monday: 7
Today (Tuesday): 8

All-in-all, I think this is pretty decent, assuming I feel good for the next 8 days prior to my next treatment and the rhythm is the same for the next 6 months.  Incidentally, I have also decided that I am going to kick this thing in 6 months rather than 8 months (you may recall the 6-8 month range the oncologist gave me for chemo).

Other than the Hokie victory, which moved us back into the the Top 25 in the polls, the highlight of the last few days has been talking with my old college roommate, Steve Sparks (a.k.a. Sparky).  Sparky always made me laugh and has not lost his touch.  We talked for almost an hour, mostly about his experience with Hodgkin's, but there was some inappropriate humor mixed in for good measure.  I have not laughed like that in a while and it was much needed.  Thanks Sparky.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with Dr. Frenette in the afternoon.  His goal is to check blood work; my goal will be to talk about mouth pain, bone aches, heartburn, flu shots, port pain, CD68+ macrophages and fear of children and public spaces.  It should be fun for him.

I will leave you with this.  It sure did seem silly putting conditioner in my hair in the shower today.