Wednesday, February 25, 2009


It has been a while since my last post so I thought an update on how things are going would be in order. The good news is that there is not much to tell. I'm getting stronger every day and almost all of the side effects of the chemotherapy are gone. Physically I am about ready for one more round of chemo/stem cell transplant, now I just have to work on gearing myself up for it mentally.

I am expecting a detailed schedule from the clinic any day now, but it looks like about the middle of March for this last round of treatment.

The best news of the day is that Jennifer and Kelly are flying in tomorrow for a weekend visit and a day of skiing. The skiers this time will just be the girls and Lynn. For some reason my PA thought it would be a bad idea for me to go this year. I really couldn't argue with her as I get winded walking up the stairs. I can imagine what a disaster I would be on the slopes.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

"Snow" Angels Among Us

The man in red caught red handed - thank you!
We have had more than our share of "snow angels" shoveling and snow blowing our driveway and side walks this winter. I know that Brent has no idea I took his picture today, this is not the first time I've seen him performing this act of service. He keeps good company as we have seen others doing the same. I realize we have not caught everyone in the act but some we have - so we want to give a shout out and thanks to Scott, Geri, Scott (yes there are two Scott's) Andy, Levi, John, Ken, Eric and Doug. Those of you who are early birds and know when we aren't home I am sorry your names are not included on this list, just know we appreciate your kindness.
In an earlier post Steve called me his caregiver but given his last post I will sign off as the warden!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Getting out of Jail

Today I had my post transplant visit with Dr. Zangari. All of my lab work shows a strong recovery from the transplant and as a result he cleared me for visitors, going out in public (with some cautions), and limited moderate exercise (Lynn says I have to learn what this means. I tend to be a little pushy and impatient. I think if I can walk a mile one day I should be able to do a mile and a half the next, two miles the third and so on. This approach has gotten me in trouble several times in the past so I am committed that this time I will take it slow and easy).

When I asked Dr. Zangari about any specific precautions or restrictions he said “Avoid sick people, eat only cooked foods and get yourself as healthy as possible so we can do this again in March”. So that is exactly what I plan on doing.

Also, if I don’t post as often over the next month, don’t be concerned. It means that I am working hard at eating, sleeping and exercising (moderately), and getting my strength back as the Dr. prescribed. If something of any significance happens I will let you know. Otherwise I can’t see a post just to let you know how my eating, sleeping and exercising is going.

I love you all and thanks again for all your support.