Day 12…

3.30.12

Woke up a bit on the early side today, but still feel more or less ready to tackle the day which I attribute to overall having a good feeling week and the impending weekend which I’m really looking forward to enjoying…

Traffic.  Traffic.  Traffic.  Just can’t seem to understand the nonsensical patterns in this city of ours.  Oh well, as long as I make it in one piece to the office, it is considered another small victory in my day…

Work is good, had a few calls and meetings and other than that, just getting things done.  Unfortunately, my food order got messed up and since I’m on this strict diet where I can’t have any raw veggies that I haven’t washed, the food will sit in the kitchen or go to an extra hungry soul…off to buy lunch as I’m starving…

Sad to see a co-worker leave today as he is off to new endeavors.  We will all miss him, but know it’s a great move for him…Adam, if you’re reading – top 20 in the BK Half.

Home, went for a nice walk and past various newsstands with HUGE lines of people to buy for the Mega Millions tonight.  I’m not even going to let my mind take things too far as to what I could do with an after-tax payout of $305M into my bank account.  Maybe, just maybe karma will shine on us tonight!…well, that didn’t happen.  Oh well, life goes on.  I have bigger battles to fight than worry about what could have been…

Off to finish another season of Friday Night Lights and then bed…but one last thing…I said it earlier this week, but I’m so energized and refreshed to think that non-chemo weeks could all be like this and that I’m going to continue to feel great and really BEAT this thing.  Monday is a new treatment, but I feel more armed with knowledge and what to expect.  Strange to say, but I’m excited about my next round…

 

Day 11…

3.29.12

Another nice morning, another day of waking up and feeling good.  In fact I may have had the most sound sleep I’ve had since this whole ordeal began.  Not sure if you can chalk that up to being more at peace with things from a mental perspective, or my body adjusting to all of the various meds that I bombard it with on a daily basis.  Either way, I’m very happy to get some real rest…

Traffic sucked, but made it and that’s all that matters.  Finding the positive where I can…have a lot on my to-do list at work, but feel like I’ll be able to accomplish what’s needed…

$540M!?!?! That’s a lot of money, looks like I’ll have to try my luck, yet again and see if I can get a winning ticket of some variety.  But really, lets be honest here, odds of winning the lotto being 1-176M doesn’t really tip the scales in my favor, but maybe karma decides to smile at me.  Like they say “Hey, you never know”…

Parents are coming in tonight to take the pup off my hands for the weekend and let her run about in the yard as I am off to south nj for the day on sat and then brunch on sunday…going to try to make the best of feeling good until the next cycle on Monday…

Day 10…

3.28.12

Another beautiful morning, another good feeling morning and off we go…well traffic decided to rear its rather ugly head this morning.  I swear, if someone is out there that can understand and explain NYC traffic patters, please, tell me cause I’m dying to know why streets turn into parking lots…

Just out of a very productive meeting and waiting to eat lunch…not sure where my headache came from, but hoping that food cures it…food kinda helped, but still a bit off in the dome…will try to push through

Snickers to the rescue.  I’ve always wondered if a snickers bar is really “satisfying” or if it is a psychosymatic thing for me, because whenever I feel like I’m dragging a bit, if I eat one, it tends to pick me up.  Today, mission accomplished again…

Very curious to see if my hemoglobin/blood count drops this weekend as the doctor said it could right before the new treatment cycle begins.  Since everything is new, it is all just a see as we go approach.  Will definitely let you all know…

Having a food craving for good japanese chicken and stir fry veggies…off I go…

Enjoy the night…

Day 9…

3.27.12

It’s funny, they say (they being the doctors) that the process is cumulative, yet what they left out is the cumulative nature of feeling better and better on your week off from treatment.  It’s rather remarkable and very refreshing if you ask me.  Continues to give me confidence that this 6 month journey will really only have hiccups when I’m in treatment.

Sunny day, bit on the cold side but beautiful out.  Really appreciating all the little things in life – not that I’ve felt that my life is in real jeopardy during this process, but it does ground you and provide perspective…

Got A LOT done yesterday from a work and personal side.  Just nice to feel routined in the sense of being productive…

Having dinner tonight with some special folks, really looking forward to it.

Until tomorrow…

Day 8…

3.26.12

Well hands down, this is easily the best that I have felt since treatment last Monday.  It feels like a brand new week and a fresh start, all of which gives me optimism that this is how the cycle will go.  Treatment, tough few days after, and then make the turn towards feeling better.  In the end I feel like it will be all about how I manage the fatigue factor pending that the other side effects stay as is.  Only time will tell, but I feel renergized…

Ride to work was smooth and ready for a full work day and feeling good.  Work is just awesome . They genuinely care about my well being and are always there with smiling faces.  Truly blessed to be part of such a great company…

Wow, um, where did the cold blast of air come from?? Guess Mother Nature wanted to remind all of us who really is in charge of things.  Super windy as well.  Thankfully I am driving these days as opposed to walking around the city…off to relax at home.

Until tomorrow…

 

Day 7…

3.25.12

Happy Sunday to one and all.  Got a decent clip of sleep last night and am feeling somewhat refreshed this morning…made a good breakfast (had eggs for the first time since treatment started) and am off to take the pup for a long walk…

2 miles later we are home and both of us are a bit wiped out from it – well at least I know I am as that was the most amount of exercise I have gotten in a week.  Was really nice to be out in the fresh air and just walk the city streets.

Parents came over and sister is on her way…going to hang around, do stuff in the apartment (my parents have outfitted me with a bunch of new things to keep me healthy – air purifier, new fan, lots of cleaning products and healthy food.  Yep, they’re the best there is)…

Annnnnd I need a nap!  Pushed myself a bit too much today with the walking (and subsequent ones after the big one).  Guess I’m just learning about how my body is reacting to things one day at a time.  The good news is that the side effects from the first round of treatment seem to be subsiding a bit (aside from the fatigue).  I hope that I just have a rough few days on treatment weeks and are good to go on all the other days.

Enjoy your Sunday night all….

Day 6…

3.24.12

BREAKING NEWS – I SLEPT!!!

It’s the weekend!  Have to say, it was easily one of the longest weeks that I’ve ever had, but I made it through it and am going to embrace the day and the weather with some of the amazing people in my life…

Took the pup for a good morning walk and just enjoyed laying in bed and being happy…off to get brunch and be out with society…

On a quest to rearrange/organize part of my apartment – maybe the cleansing of the cancer that is going to happen over the next 6 months will also help me cleanse parts of my apt – even though I am one of the more OCD people you’ll know…

Elite 8 games and great friends…time to enjoy the night and get some rest…hope everyone has a great Saturday…

Day 5…

3.23.12

Since I couldn’t seem to shake the bad taste in my mouth I spoke to my awesome nurse at MSK and she was so kind to prescribe me “magic mouthwash” and let me tell you, magical it is – literally worked immediately.  If anyone is going through what I’m going through and the chemo is messing with your taste buds and gums, GET THIS.

I think the week in itself took its took on me and sadly I wasn’t able to last the full work day. I chalk it up to a culmination of new things in the body, an overall tough week and 4 solid weeks or so of a massive lack of sleep.

My co-workers gave me an amazing pick-me-up on my way out in the form of a sweet iTunes gift card to use with my Apple TV as I seem to have unwanted, newfound time on my hands to pass.  Between this and the books I’ve got, I’m going to stay quite busy.  Now the question is what shows do I finally watch that I haven’t….Mad Men?  Fringe? Or do I just rewatch the whole series of LOST (clubhouse leader right now).

Off to enjoy the night and god willing SLEEP.

Until tomorrow…

Day 4…

3.22.12

Well this was likely the best “feeling” day since the chemo started.  I felt more like myself and it was good to start to do real work again and be amongst my co-workers.  Had a good appetite and the drive to work was relatively uneventful.

Still fighting this terrible taste in my mouth – really hoping that it begins to work itself out or it will be quite a long 6 months.

Sadly sleep is still an issue…maybe it will become more regular as the routine sets in, though it is tough to imagine how any of this can really be routine

I may set a world record for washed hands/purelled hands/etc. over the next 6 months…someone call Guinness

Day 3…

3.21.12

Well this just sucks.  Got basically no sleep and feel like total garbage.  Need to motivate to try to get to the office for the first time this week and see if I can get a routine in place…

Drive to work wasn’t terrible, but pretty odd to be driving to work in a city that I’ve lived in for 12 years and always taken public transportation – guess that is the new world I have to live in where I try to avoid unnecessary germs…

So good to see familiar and friendly faces at work.  I have such amazing co-workers and it does lift the sprits to be here, even though I honestly feel awful.  Can’t shake feeling nauseous and can’t seem to get the metallic taste out of my mouth…hope I can last the day…

Thankfully made it till 5 and made it home to my pup and my couch.  Going to eat a good meal, talk to loved ones and get some rest…until tomorrow folks…