A Great Weekend and Ready for Work

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I had a great weekend, filled with plenty of rest, family time, and even some work. Friday evening we all celebrated Tina’s birthday and had a great time as a family. I fell asleep not long after 9:00pm and slept until almost 10:00am the next morning. I think all that sleep was due to the emotional dump that I had after the doctor appointment that morning and having just a little less on my mind.

Saturday I stayed home and watched some TV and did a little work from home. Believe it or not, I also took about a two hour nap! Then, after taking Tina to work, I came home and watched the Bellator fights with my oldest son Mark and his girlfriend Michelle. Unfortunately, sleep didn’t happen so easily Saturday night and I was up until after 4:00am, though I’m not real sure why.

After picking Tina up from work at 7:00am on Sunday, I watched a little TV and took a nap. Then I got ready for the day and, after dropping her back off at work, Bree (my youngest daughter) and I went to my office and moved some employee’s computers and phones to new locations. I’m so glad that she went with me to help because she saved me a lot of crawling around under desks with my old, bad back.

Then we came home and I got a few things done around the house and now I’m laying in bed getting ready to go to sleep. I hired a new web developer at work on Friday and tomorrow is his first day, so we have a lot to go over. I’m excited that I’ll have someone to do the bulk of the programming for us so that I can go back to working primarily on the hardware stuff, which I truly enjoy.

Categories: Cancer, Family Fun, Work

Round Five Is Underway and Scanxiety is Getting Worse

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This morning I went to the infusion center at the clinic for round five. Each round is bringing more fatigue and once again I slept through half of the morning at the center, leaving my poor wife, Tina, to read her book while I slept. I am so grateful that I have such a strong, loving and understanding women like her in my life.

After we finished up at the center, about 1:00 pm, we went home and I picked up my convertible to go to work. On the way I stopped and got my free haircut at Great Clips. That is such an awesome thing they do for cancer patients and it really helps to cheer me up every time I go in. And yes, I remembered to leave my tip with the stylist today.

I decided that I was still really tired and was going to take the day off, to get some rest, and as I checked my work email on my work cell phone I saw an email from my boss needing help on something immediately. I scrapped the idea of heading home and instead went to work. I helped my boss with what he needed, scheduled the remaining interviews for the new web developer that we are looking to hire, and worked on a couple of other items.

I left work about 5:00 pm and headed home to get some sleep. My youngest daughter met me at the door and offered to make me dinner, so after settling on some Mrs. Grass soup, I went upstairs while she cooked my food. After eating in bed, and watching a little TV, I finally fell asleep around 6:00 pm. I woke up again about 9:30 pm and it was evident that I was pretty wide awake, so I headed downstairs and did some work from home.

I am getting ready to go back to bed, so that I can work tomorrow, but I find myself thinking about my appointment with Dr. Phinney on Friday. In essence, I have 50/50 odds that the chemo is either working, or that it is not and we need to look to the next type of chemo treatment. Not really good odds if you ask me, and the wait is driving me crazy.

I am trying to remain positive, trying to give my worry to God, trying to be the good soldier. But I have to admit, the closer it gets to Friday morning, the more scared I get. Is the chemo working? Is it not working? Is the cancer growing and spreading from the chemo (yes, that is actually a possibility)? Are we going to get good news or more bad news? How will what we hear affect my beautiful wife’s birthday, which is also Friday?

Friday can’t come soon enough. And yet, at the same time, I kind of wish that it would never come at all.

Categories: Cancer, Work

Monday is Here Again

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After a very good and productive Saturday, and a quiet and relaxing Sunday, the work week is here. I got a great night’s sleep, thanks to being tired and with a little help from my good friend Lunesta. I picked Tina up from work at 7:15am and was in the office before 8:00am.

I have a long day of work ahead of me, including setting up interviews for later this week, for a web developer job. I also need to call SonicWall about an issue that we are having with our firewall. Then I’ve got some programming that I have to do myself, to continue on a project that I’ve been working on.

And then, after work, I get to go to Kistler Ford and pick up our new 2016 Ford Edge Titanium Edition! I am really excited about getting this new car and I can’t wait to go to the dealership tonight. Today is going to be like what Christmas Eve used to be for me when I was a kid!

Categories: Cancer, Work

PET Scan, Work and Play

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I went this morning for my second PET scan, so that we can see if the chemo is working or not. The procedure itself isn’t too bad, though I am a big guy to fit in the little tube. The diet they require the 24 hours before the test kind of stinks, but I lived through it. Though I have to admit that was the easy part, because it’s going to be a long 11 days to get the results, that’s for sure!

I made it to work earlier than I expected and have been cranking out the work since. It’s kind of nice to have a short day, especially considering that I worked 6 hours on Saturday and 5 more on Sunday. Well that and I am VERY tired today. Not sure if it is the chemo, the lack of rest and relaxation this weekend, or a combination of both. I have to admit that I’m hoping for a good night’s sleep tonight.

After work today Tina and I are meeting our oldest son Mark and his girlfriend, Michelle, at the mall to watch Underworld: Blood Wars. It has been a really well done series so far and I am looking forward to seeing where they take it in this sequel. While most critics have bashed the movie, I don’t typically take a lot of stock in what the critics have to say, because most of the films that I enjoy are not for mainstream audiences. That and I have enjoyed the series so far and the trailers for this one looked good, so I am optimistic.

Categories: Cancer, Work

Bad Sleep but Good News

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I fell asleep last night about 10pm and woke up this morning just after 4:30am. I’ve been coughing the last few days and pulled a muscle in my back, which has been keeping me from getting a good night’s sleep since. Today was no different when I apparently rolled over in my sleep, because I quickly awoke with a sharp pain in my back.

Unfortunately, I am going to work this morning, after I pick Tina up from work at 7am, to make some changes on our core router. That means that going back to sleep is probably not going to happen anytime soon. The good news is that my mom and dad offered to treat me to a massage, to get that muscle worked on, and I have an appointment today at 2pm at Massage Green Spa. I’m hoping and praying for some serious relief from the pain when my appointment is done.

I also called the Victory Center this week and found out more about their services, which are free for cancer patients and their immediate families. They offer massages, reflexology, reiki, exercise programs, counseling, and more, all at no charge. What an awesome thing for people in the Toledo area and I have an intake meeting scheduled for next Wednesday at 1pm. They already scheduled me for a massage next Saturday, too.

Once again, it’s nice to see organizations providing free or discounted services to cancer patients. God is definitely shining His loving light down, I just need to remember to open my eyes and look for it.

Categories: Cancer, Sick, Work

Time For The Weekend, Sort Of

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The year is almost done, and so is my work week. Well, almost, on both counts. I have been working on a project at work for the past 18 months and we are going live with it on January 1st. So, to wrap up the last few things, I will be working tomorrow and Sunday, for as long as it takes to get it done. But hey, it’s not a total loss, because I have Monday off.

The side effects from the chemo have been much more tolerable this round, and I am prayerfully hopeful that it will be the same next week, because I go for round four on Tuesday. After this round is the new PET scan and we find out if the chemo is working or if we need to look to the next kind of chemo cocktail.

So, since I am working tomorrow, I am already in bed and ready to go to sleep. I need to get a good night’s sleep so that I can be fresh and ready to crank the work out tomorrow. After all, if I knock it out tomorrow, I get Sunday off, too.

Categories: Cancer, Work

A Great Day to be Alive

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I woke up this morning exhausted and ready to go back to sleep. But instead I pushed through it and got ready and headed to work. On the way I stopped at the bank and the store and picked up something for the gift exchange at work, which I am sure will be a hit.

Not more than a few minutes into my office and I got a knock on my door and it was a request to help clean off some pictures and videos off a new driver’s phone, because he had so many he couldn’t install a couple of apps that we require them to have. I went out to meet the new driver and he is a man of faith, who has dozens of videos of testimonies from people he has helped over the past few years. He showed me a few and it was very inspirational. Within an hour I had moved his videos to his SD card and he had plenty of room for the apps and more videos.

Then, after a couple hours of work, the owner had lunch brought in and it was Barry Bagels. Man, do I love Barry Bagels! I had a great turkey, roast beef and swiss cheese sandwich with some potato salad and chips. Oh, and some very good homemade cookies that someone was nice enough to bring in. All in all it was a great lunch and I am thankful for it.

In a few minutes I am heading over to get the chemo pump removed. I hate having to tote it around and love the freedom I get when it comes off. The side effects haven’t been nearly as bad this round, and I am very grateful that is the case. God has certainly heard the prayers of my many friends and family, and myself, and has given me a reprieve from the side effects this time around.

Our God is an awesome God!

Categories: Cancer, Work