Oct 31 2012

Grateful Relief

I spend the few hours before I’m discharged from the hospital after one of my 5-6 day stays packing up my room. Sometimes to the sultry sound of the Beach Boys.

I start in the bathroom, Scooter as ever in tow, gathering up bottles of soap and lotion, lavender essential oil and vitamin e oil (helps with scarring), lip treatment, toothpaste and deodorant. All piles into a small bag, which goes into a bigger bag, which stays in the closet until the next round.

I move on to the clothing, gathering smelly sweaty hospital clothes into another bag. Then toys, framed pictures, and chargers. All into the “big” hospital bag.

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Oct 24 2012

I Have Chemo!

Now that my various doctors have decided that my tumor is cancer free and that I have 12 square centimeters of dead cells lodged in my chest, it’s official! I no longer have cancer; I have chemo.

The best part? I will continue to have chemo for at least another few months, because I’m currently in for Round Six, and side effects can take over three months to clear. So, for your listening pleasure, I will paint the picture of what it’s like to have chemo.

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Oct 24 2012

Cards Against Humanity

Last round, three weeks ago, a good friend brought over to the hospital a reasonably new game called “Cards Against Humanity, A party game for horrible people.” It’s basically a really rude version of Apples to Apples, and if you have any kind of a mean streak in you that of course you hide in mostly polite company, it’s one of the most hilarious games that you’ll ever play.

So five or six of us were playing this game around a table in my hospital room around 7:30pm, all of us suffering from stomach cramps from laughing so hard, when a nurse who I’ve never seen before walks into my room (this is quite an accomplishment, frankly, considering that I’ve been on this floor of this hospital almost half of the last three months).

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