Day 73…

5.30.12

Well, it’s the morning and I’m feeling really wiped out.  It’s interesting how the ebbs and flows of the treatment week gets you.  Monday I was just destroyed by fatigue and nausea.  Tuesday, I felt more or less ok.  This morning, I feel really really tired.  Hopefully a shower will wake me up and I’ll begin to feel better…

Shower was good, but now I’m fighting the horrible taste in my mouth, so I’m off to pick up the Magic Mouthwash and hope that it works as effectively as it has in the past…yep, worked right away, but unfortunately, I still can’t seem to find any food in my house appealing.  Going to force myself to eat a bagel with cream cheese and go from there…bagel was good, but I’m starting to really just fade.  As much as I have a hard time with napping during the day, I think this is a fight I’m going to lose today…

Slept for a little more than an hour and am now a bit more awake.  My sister is going to head over in a bit to keep me company…good to see her as always…Lindsay also came by for a little while which was really nice as well as I always miss my friends…

While the taste in my mouth is still terrible, I’m still going to try to make a good dinner…tonight I’m making guacamole, steak, baked potato and cutting up some red and yellow peppers…as I make the food I realize that I haven’t come close to eating enough today and am a bit lightheaded.  Apparently the guac I made is quite good, though I can’t really taste it :(  Glad I ate a full meal, but got blindsided by a huge wave of nausea.  I think at this point, I should throw in the towel on the day and try to get some sleep so I can be functioning at work tomorrow…

Night all…

Day 72…

5.29.12

Well, it’s Tuesday and I have put round 6 behind me.  Didn’t sleep well last night, but that has become somewhat of a trend on the nights that I have had chemo.  So it is, will do my best to rest up today…Having breakfast with my Mom and trying not to do too much…Riley is still a bit on the lethargic end from all the meds that she has to take for her little leg infection, so in a way, the two of us are just moving at the same pace…spoke to my nurse to ask for more Magic Mouthwash as I have that oh, so terrible taste in my mouth – will have to pick that up tomorrow morning…the nausea isn’t as bad as yesterday, but it still comes in waves for sure…

Mom is heading back to NJ and I am going to try to catch up on some work emails before Jackie comes to visit for lunch and to hang for a little while…woah, that is a TON of cookies that she brought over – guess we are going to have to make ice cream sandwiches after we eat lunch :) Great cookies, ice cream, conversation and just lots of fun to have her over for a few hours…

To the couch I go to try and nap a bit if possible before Blitz comes over for dinner…dinner was a good (Chinese!) and always fun to catch up on all things Blitz (and to get an early bday card!)…

Pretty exhausted, so off to bed I go in the hopes of good sleep tonight…

Night all…

Day 71…

5.28.12

I’d like to to start this Memorial Day by thanking the military servicemen and women around the globe that have put themselves first for country.  Without them, our freedom and rights would not exist, so a heartfelt thank you to each any everyone of you…Up early, walking the pup and then grabbing a quick bagel before heading to the hospital for chemo.  Today will be round 6, which means that when I walk out of the hospital there will be less than half to go!  Here’s to a smooth administration of chemo…

Got one of my favorite nurses from this experience, so I’m hoping that is a good sign. It is a different facility today than normal as the hopsital has consolidated their facilities for the holiday.  Strange to be in a new place for treatment, but happy to have familiar face for the day…so far, so good, I’m going ok…AND that changed with the flip of a switch.  Holy nauseous.  I’ve never in all of the rounds felt so nauseous DURING the administration.  It got so bad that they decided to give me an Adavan drip to try to quell it…it somewhat worked and I was able to make it through the rest of the treatement without delay…walking home, it’s hot out there and all I want to do is lay down.  I’m exhausted…

Off to my room to take a nap, something I never am able to do, but today is a day I need to try to do so.  Thankfully, my pup decided to take a nap with me.  I’m telling you, we are like Elliot and ET.  If I don’t feel well, neither does she.  And thus, she follows me and all of my moves.  Love that pup…

My Dad, his old roommate from college and his wife arrived while I was napping so it was great to see friendly faces when I woke up.  Hung with Bill and Kathy for a bit and then they headed back to their apt…going to just relax on the couch for the foreseable future…My friend Tara who lives upstairs is coming down to hang out with us, so again, more friendly faces to bring my spirits up…

Mom is making paella tonight which was a random craving of mine…hoping I have my appetite….I do, and it is great.  She did an amazing job as always…got pretty nauseous at the tail end of dinner so going to lay back down on the couch…time for bed, I’m wiped out…

Night all…

Day 70…

5.27.12

Sunday funday! Feeling good today aside from being a bit on the tired end (likely due to the golf from yesterday).  Ready to see what the day has in store for me.  Starting it off by letting Riley run wild and free in the backyard and then time for some breakfast…good to have a full belly and now going to head out to the pool and sit under an umbrella and read my book for the first time since this whole ordeal started 69 days ago…glad to see I haven’t forgotten what’s happening in the story, even though I still have half of the book to finish (another 400 pages!)…

Going to shower and eat a small lunch before packing up my stuff and load up the car to head back to NYC.  Sadly, the weekend gets cut short as tomorrow is another round of treatment.  Looks like cancer doesn’t take any holidays off :(

Going to stop by Aaron and Becky’s on the way back to NYC and hang there for a bit as they are having a BBQ and it always makes me a happy camper to see them…good times there, got to see a bunch of friends, have a bit to eat and just relax —- I needed that…

Driving home, stopping for gas and back to NYC we go.  Have my Mom, sis and Riley with me, so somewhat of a full car and we are all hoping for no traffic…got what we wanted, made close to record time back into the city.  Unloading the car and then heading out for a quick dinner at Canyon Road…

Back home, tired and ready for bed.  Need to get some rest as tomorrow is a big, draining day.  We will be half-way!

Night all…

Day 69…

5.26.12

The weekend is officially here and I’m up early with the pup for a walk and then unfortunately to take her to the vet as she seems to have something that is bothering her back left leg.  Thankfully it was easy to make an appointment and that the animal hospital is a short, 10min drive from the house…she seems fine, the doc said she has a simple leg infection from a bug bite or something.  So I have to give her some pills and ointment for the next week.  Guess she felt like joining me in the pill parade :)

Time to pull out the patio furniture.  Lots of chairs, tables and umbrellas to pull out of the garage and the pool house, but getting it done.  Unfortunately, it is getting pretty steamy outside and I am of course in long pants and sweating lots.  This whole “avoid the sun while you have chemo” is really starting to annoy me – a lot, but I know long term it is for the betterment of my life.  Just have to get more comfortable with acclimating to the heat and finding the proper clothes that will keep me cool….time for lunch and my frustration is starting to boil over.  Lunch is just the toughest meal of the day for me and it continues to be hard, even when at home.  There are so many things I’d like to eat that I just can’t.  So life goes.  Will have a bagel with cream cheese and call it that. Just have to begin to accept that there are things this summer that I won’t be able to do, it’s frustrating, but it’s life…

Off to meet Chris to play a much needed round of golf.  This should do nothing but ease my frustrations (even though I have to play in long pants and a jacket b/c I forgot my UV sleeves in NYC) from the day.  Love being out on the course and hitting the ball decent – more or less – it’s golf, it’s never that consistent…played 18, but started to get mentally and physically fatigued on the back 9.  Hoping that I’m able to build up my golf stamina this summer as I have plans to play as often as I can to replace the lack of beach time that will be having…

Home, rehydrating and getting ready to give the grill its annual clean before cooking up a big dinner of steak & salmon (while my Mom and sis get the veggies and garlic bread ready)….dinner was very tasty and I’m off to shower before relaxing for the night on the couch with a movie…we were going to watch Donnie Darko, but it was replaced with the Lite family favorite – Wedding Crashers, a movie that we must watch, no joke, 4 or 5 times a summer…

Feel asleep during the movie, time for bed…

Night all…

Day 68…

5.25.12

Friday!  Always one of my favorite days.  Up very early this morning (like 620am) to get a major head start on the holiday weekend and to also make sure that I’m online to do work when the work day begins.  All adds up to on the road at 7am for the drive to the Hamptons….traffic, once out of NYC and past your normal airport congestion was great.  Made great time, not record time, but great time nonetheless and now I’m ready to tackle the day.  Riley was a model citizen in the car, laid down almost the whole time – thank god for the invention of a doggy seatbelt…

Sending out some emails, hopping on a few calls and waiting for my parents to get here…everyone is now here – me, mom, dad, sis and pup.  I just love being at the house and must use it more often year-round as opposed to all the time in the summer…grabbing lunch a favorite haunt and then back to the house to finish up some work and then run some errands before dinner and the Rangers/Devils game…

Great dinner – swordfish, asparagus, corn and rice…pops and I are watching the game, though rooting for opposite teams as he is sadly a Devils fan.  Lets just say we are sitting on opposite ends of the couch…Rangers lost :( this just sucks.  Best team in hockey is now out of the playoffs…

Time to sleep this one off…

Night all…

Day 67…

5.24.12

It’s Thursday and its going to be a busy one.  Day is starting off with a visit to my doc as he will not be working on Monday when I have treatment, so I’m seeing him early…things are still going well.  He is very pleased with my blood counts and that I have kept my weight steady.  All good signs, so that provides me with further encouragement that I will 100% win this battle…my Mom is giving me a ride to work as I missed the early bird parking special that I get daily, so I’ll happily ride with her and then cab it back home later today…

Good to be in the office, go through emails and attack the rest of the day…lunch time and we ordered from Westville which is one of my favorite lunch spots.  Got a massive, and massively tasty turkey burger so I’m a happy camper….meeting an old friend (who was also a former colleague) for coffee that I haven’t seen in a long time, catch up, talk shop, etc..  Good to see Larson and I’m happy to see that things are going so well for him and his family…

Tying up loose ends for the work day (though I know some will spill into the evening as I’m waiting on a few emails) and then Mindy and I will head up to my apt, then to the grocery store and back to my apt where David (her bf) will meet us and we will make dinner – or really, Mindy will as she’s insisted on recreating The Meatball Shops famous meatballs.  No complaints from me!  We’re also going to make some garlic bread, creamed spinach and…wait for it…wait for it….ice cream sandwiches!…Dinner was great!  So tasty, and really good to get to know David and even better to see how happy Mindy is.  Love when my friends are happy :)

Packing a small bag for the weekend as my sister and I will head to the beach for the weekend at 7am tomorrow to beat the traffic out and it will enable me to work from home…

Night all…

Day 66…

5.23.12

Hump day, which means Wednesday.  Ready for the day, ready to see what it brings, and most of all, I’m feeling good this morning.  Let’s hope that this strange weather is not a symbol of how the day will go…traffic was good this morning, so off to a good start…

We are again, very busy today.  Just lots going on and I love that I can say that.  It is always good to be busy, especially on the days that I’m in the office…meetings, meetings, calls, calls, emails, emails.  Oh, lunch in the middle of all of that…

Getting things done, and moving the day along and excited for the Rangers game later tonight, though very nervous…

Stayed a bit later than normal, but it was good that I did.  Again, lots going on…traffic was TERRIBLE going home.  Every road was congested and it seemed like all roads were blocked.  So it is.  Walking into my apt and seeing my pup always makes the stress go away…

Hanging around, waiting for my friend Danielle to come by with a bunch of UV North Face gear she hooked me up with.  Gonna eat and watch the game…we lost :(

Time for bed…

Night all..

Day 65…

5.22.12

Good morning everyone, how are you all feeling?  I’m feeling pretty good today and am ready to make my way into work and see what the day brings…traffic again today, but at this point, I’m just used to the crap shoot.  It is what it is.  Funny how traffic seems to be mentioned as much as how I’m feeling…

Have our standing big group status meeting this morning and then we are rushing to eat before heading out to meet with a new client of ours for a kick-off meeting.  I’ll be driving the crew out to Queens…very interesting and informative meeting.  I really love learning about new clients, especially ones in which I do not know much about their specific field.  It’s like being in school again, but far more fun…

Heading back to NYC and dropping co-workers off along the way…going to relax for a bit, hang with the pup, walk her and then head to dinner with a friend I haven’t seen in years…dinner was great (very tasty Chinatown Brasserie) and we sat outside which was really nice – first time this year sitting outside as the weather was just amazing…there is a lot to be said about seeing a friend you haven’t seen in a long time and no matter how long it has been, the conversation is always easy…

Home and heading to bed, it’s later than normal for me, so I’m hoping I just pass right out…

Night all…

Day 64…

5.21.12

Well hello Monday, we meet again, and thanks for bringing your friend, Biblical Rain with you this morning.  This should make for quite a fun trip into work.  I have to say, as often as I find myself pitying the people that drive to work in terrible weather because they sit in traffic, today is one of those days where I’m so glad I don’t have to walk 10min to the subway, because if I did, I would have been DRENCHED.  There is enough water on the FDR for Moses to ride his ark…Oh well, I made it to work without any real issue and the traffic wasn’t all that bad, which was a nice surprise…only thing I’m now dealing with is a considerable amount of fatigue as I did not sleep well at all last night…so it is…

Tackling the normal Monday madness of meetings, emails and juggling.  Sometimes I wonder if people in advertising should add “juggling” to the skill section of their resumes…eating lunch and prepping for a client meeting…meeting went well, and everyone loves a happy client…

Working with my co-workers on trying to find what could be an impossible solution to a music track, but fun nonetheless…

Heading home and the traffic is utterly miserable, so much worse than this morning, yet far less rain to deal with.  The FDR is a parking lot, so I switched to 1st Ave which was equally as awful.  So it goes, it’s the hand one is dealt…

Making dinner (chicken, rice, broccoli) and going to buckle down and watch the Ranger game after taking Riley for her last walk…NOT a good game.  Rangers played terrible and lost :(

Night all…