Day 63…

5.20.12

Good morning Sunday!  Slept great last night, feeling good and am very excited to tackle the day.  Going to take a shower, have a small snack and then off to brunch with one of my oldest and closest friends, Tracy (sadly her bf isn’t joining us, but we will make the best of it)…at The Mark and it’s awesome…great place to eat for sure and tons of laughs as always…

Brunch is over and we are going to take a walk around the area to enjoy the weather, though it is a bit warm for me with long pants and long sleeves – the drawback of the fact I have to avoid the sun : (

Said goodbye to Tracy and am walking home with coffee in hand from The Coffee Bean – I’m sooooo happy they are opening them here.  A taste of LA makes its way to NYC.  Love it…

Excited to see my pup as she’s been in NJ all weekend.  My Dad just got here with her and the three of us are going to hang out until my Mom and sister get out of a show they are seeing and then we are off to an early dinner…

Tried out a new neighborhood place and it was quite good – Bottega…off to walk the pup once more before Game of Thrones…

Great night of TV and time for bed…

Night all…

Day 62…

5.19.12

It’s the weekend!  Up early and off to meet Chris at Chelsea Piers to hit golf balls.  I feel good today, best that I’ve felt since treatment on Monday, so I’m ready to attack the day (and the golf balls)…First time that I’ve swung a club since last year, so there is some considerable rust, but I’m happy to be out there…I did tire earlier than normal in terms of the amount of swings that I’d normally take at the range, but that is not a real surprise given my lack of physical exercise aside from a run here and there.  Also, my left forearm was bothering me from the bruise that I got from the yanked IV debacle last week.  So it is, was great to be out there…

Heading home, Chris and I will grab some lunch and wait for Larry to arrive to watch the Rangers/Devils game.  Here’s to hoping for a big Ranger win…WINNER!!!  Looks like we have ourselves a great day of sports to watch as the UEFA Champions League final is on and it is a close one…OT and penalty kicks – what a great finish!  Glad that Chelsea won over Bayern.  I’m no Chelsea fan, but I was pulling for the Premier League in this one…time to shower, watch the Preakness and then head down to dinner for Rene’s bday…busy busy day for me…

So good to see tons of friends and meet new ones…went down to Gnocco on 10th btw A and B which I haven’t been to in a while and it was great.  Really was happy to be out on a Saturday night.  I did get pretty tired during dinner, but powered through…wish I could have joined everyone at the bar afterwards, but there will be plenty of time when I’ve beaten this thing to celebrate all the good in life…

Off to sleep I go, no chance I make it to SNL tonight…

Night all…

Day 61…

5.18.12

Friday, a great day of the week no matter how you feel, and thankfully, I feel pretty good today.  Getting ready to make my way to the office and hoping that the traffic gods are kind as it is the end of the week and its been a long one…NOPE, traffic was terrible today, just terrible.  It was as if every cross street was blocked and I had to go way further south to get to the office than normal – so it goes…

Going to be a busy day with plenty on the agenda to be accomplished…meetings are going well and I’m more or less feeling ok.  I am definitely feeling the effects of fatigue from a long Thursday, but I’m hoping that I can make it to my normal “closing time”…lunch is here, and I’m starving….was very good, but not filling enough, time to hit the old food drawer at my desk and sneak a Snickers…

Getting pretty tired, but finishing things up…fingers crossed on the ride home…better than the ride in, but still lots of traffic.  Definitely looking forward to the summer when the city empties out a bit…

Tonight, I plan to be solo, make dinner and rest up so I can hit golf balls tomorrow with Chris, watch the Rangers with Larry (and likely Chris) and then hit up dinner with a lot of friends.  A lot on the agenda, so sleep will be needed…

Exhausted and it is only 8pm…if I make it to 10, it is a surprise…

Nope….fell asleep on the couch and woke up before 10pm…off to bed I go…Night all…

Day 60…

5.17.12

Hello morning, so nice to see you let me get some sleep and head to work today.  Off I go, hoping for the traffic gods to shine upon me so I can get to the office, see the friendly faces that I’ve missed and tackle the day…

Traffic thankfully wasn’t bad and there is right off the bat, lots to do.  Meetings, calls, and rushing to get to the edit house as today is a very big approval day for one of the two spots that we shot last week.  Off we go (and off to find something for lunch as salads were ordered today and I sadly can’t partake)…found a bagel with cream cheese, boring, but a good standby…various options to look at for one spot and we are all eagerly awaiting the vfx on the spot that has to be shipped tonight…it looks like we are going to have to batten down the hatches and wait some things out…also forgot to bring my Magic Mouthwash with me today, so fighting the good fight against the bad taste in my mouth.  So it goes…

Client is happy with the spots (after some back and forth) and we are all pleased with were we are…it’s getting late and I’m starting to reach my limit as it is now 645pm and it’s my first day back at work…heading out, will patch in as needed from the road and home…

Having dinner with GL and Emily later, they are just the best.  Love seeing them and am very excited for them and their upcoming wedding…ordered good italian food, lined the stomach and time to get some rest…

Night all…

Day 59…

5.16.12

Managed to get a solid amount of sleep last night which I attribute to upping the dosage of the new med as well as my body finally beginning to override my mind (though I think those two are directly related)…going to take Riley for a walk, take a shower and see what’s happening in the world of work…

Lots going on with things at the office, and I hate that I can’t be there with everyone to help out…everything is going great, but I just have to find a way to become more comfortable with my amazing co-workers helping out in my absence….going to grab a quick lunch/go for a little walk with my friend Kristy who is off this week…really great to be able to see her, as it has been a while…

Back to the work emails and am feeling more and more caught up.  Unfortunately, I’m also feeling more and more fatigued and nauseous - going to lay down for a bit…that did help, but it is still lingering…so it goes…

Jake is heading in from NJ for dinner and to watch the Rangers game.  Here’s to hoping we have the same result as game 1…pizza, it’s what’s for dinner :) – no surprise there…always awesome to hang with Jake and I really appreciate the huge effort on his end to come in from NJ after a long day of work and then have a long ride home, all which means he likely doesn’t get to see his kid before she goes to sleep – I have solid friends I tell you.  Solid friends…

Unfortunately, it was not the Rangers night and all signs point towards another long series of hockey – here we go…

Off to bed I go, work tomorrow…

Night all…

Day 58…

5.15.12

The morning after chemo is always one in which I wake up wondering just how the day will play out.  I slept somewhat ok, but woke up a good amount during the night.  This seems to be a trend with the Monday nights that I have had treatment.  So it is.  Going to try to force myself to eat some breakfast and relax…

Hanging with my sister and my pup, fighting nausea and fatigue, but still buoyed by the good news from yesterday, so that is helping to raise my spirits.  Going to take a shower and see if that helps to wash away the poor feelings…helped somewhat, but I’m still pretty beat.  Going to lay down before figuring out what to eat for lunch…having a craving for a cheese steak and fries, so that’s what it will be today…soooo good, really hit the spot…I’ve received such wonderful words of encouragement from friends and family regarding the good news that the doctor gave me that it is giving me more eagerness to get to the end of the summer and start fresh…can’t wait for it to be here…

Jordan and I are going to watch the Muppets, we wanted to see it in the theater but never made it…as I watch the first 20min, I realize that was a good move on my end ;) Passed out early on and woke up at the end, not unhappy about it, but I’m glad that my sister liked it…

Getting myself more awake as Blitz is coming over to hang and have dinner…dinner was very good, we watched an episode of LOST (of course), Blitz left and then off to bed I went…was great to see Blitz, as it is with all my friends…

Night all…

Day 57…

5.14.12

Well, it is Monday and that means it is a treatment day, so off to the hospital we go.  Standard blood draw for blood counts, organs, weight, etc. and then upstairs to see my doc where I will find out the results from my PET scan….

The PET scan…….is normal! What that means is there is no abnormal cellular activity. A
normal scan after two cycles (four treatments) of chemo is ”overwhelmingly” predictive that the ABDV (my mix of Chemo) will cure me. Had the scan come back showing abnormal activity, the chance of relapse after finishing treatment would be higher. Bottom line to quote my doctor here “the results are great news!”.  Obviously this made and my family breathe a HUGE sigh of relief.  I then ask when I would be considered cured as there is a difference between me being properly treated with my protocol of chemo and being deemed cured. My doc said that if the PET scan is normal after my last (12th) treatment, I am probably considered cured at that point. However, he did say that “to be considered cured, you have to live a normal life and die of something else.” And since everyone knows that I use sarcasm in my daily life, I told him that I will “take that away as my action item from our meeting” to which the whole room laughed and rolled their eyes…

Off to get my 5th chemo which I am hoping goes smoother than the PET the other day in the sense of the IV’s and feeling not terribly uncomfortable….so far, so good.  Normal feelings of chemo, starting to get pretty tired and nauseuous, but no other surprises today…

Heading home with my Pops as he was with me for the treatment today (good times as always to just hang with the ol’ man)…I crashed hard when I got home, slept for a good 1hr30 which I haven’t done before, so I think that is good, just hope it doesn’t mean I can’t sleep as well tonight…forcing myself to eat some lunch (Mac & Cheese) and back to the couch I go…Pops and I decided to watch Contraband off Apple TV with Mark Walberg.  Good movie, we recommend it…

Mom and Jordan have come for dinner and hopefully I’m up for it as I’m really starting to feel drained….trying to eat, but nothing tastes good which is a shame because all of the food looks amazing…heading to the couch to watch the Rangers/Devils, game 1…of course the greatest team in the world pulled it out ie Rangers 3-0!…

Night all…

Day 56…

5.13.12

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there, especially mine who is the best in the world (and yes, I’m biased).  It’s another beautiful day outside and I’m ready for what it has to bring.  I didn’t sleep well at all last night, but so it goes, it will not prevent me from going about my day…

Making coffee for the family and waiting on my Mom to wake up…my Dad is making French toast and we are going to have a very good and tasty breakfast…off to shower before heading over to Andrew and Robyn’s house to meet little Jacob since I missed the bris on Friday…very cute kid, and one that somehow seems to sleep a TON for a newborn – lucky them…

Back home for lunch and a visit by Stu and Louise (Kenny’s parents).  So great to see them (and pretty awesome that they brought me very tasty brownies!)…off to Whole Foods to buy what we need to make my Mom dinner tonight…

Relaxing on the couch, watching a movie as I’m starting to feel run down a bit…making homemade guacamole, miso glazed cod, asparagus and bulgar wheat for dinner…turned out AWESOME!…we wanted to hit the road around 7 to head back home, but got a bit tied up and now we are on the road at 730 and holy hell there is a TON of traffic…dropping off Jordan, then Amanda and then back home with Riley and my Mom…all-in-all, 2hrs to go 12 miles from NJ into the city and drop everyone off – INSANE!

Gonna quickly unpack and then head to bed as I’m exhausted and it is getting late…tomorrow is another round of treatment, 5 of 12…

Night all…

Day 55…

5.12.12

Hello Saturday, great to see you again.  It’s beautiful out and I’m up early to shower, eat and go pick up Jordan so we can head home to NJ for Mother’s Day weekend and some good old fashion family time…love when there is zero traffic the whole way home.  Good to be home and there is a full docket of errands that need to be taken care of today, but it will be great to spend the day with my Mom.  Jordan and my Dad both have things to do as well, so a busy family we got here…

Errands went well, but I’m STARVING.  Going to grab something I haven’t had in ages – a pizza from California Pizza Kitchen and eat it in the car on the way home…soooo good, maybe this gets added to the list of things that I’ll be eating through the summer, though it is no surprise that I liked it considering that pizza is the number 1 craving food that I’ve had thus far…Off to take Riley for a long walk in the park and enjoy the weather.  She got groomed today and is ready to show everyone how good she looks…haha…

Watching a very stupid/dumb movie, yet one that I of course seem to like.  Anyone seen ‘The Change-Up’? I’m not talking award winning, unless you give it an award for sophomoric humor, which is right in my wheelhouse.  Good movie.  Time to get dinner and watch game 7 of the Rangers/Caps series.  Win or go home.  We BETTER win…Mike has come by to watch the last half of the game with me and we are on pins and needles, or really I am as he isn’t really a hockey fan, but is humoring me….RANGERS WIN!!!! Bring on the Devils.  I can’t wait for this next series to start…

Off to bed and to watch SNL – thank god there is DVR cause there is no way I’m gonna last through this…

Night all…

Day 54…

5.11.12

Hello Friday, good to see you again my old friend.  Well we made it to the end of a very long and busy week, but there is still lots left to do, starting with me heading to Sloan for a PET scan of my body to see how the treatment is going thus far.  It’s bright and early, and clearly the nurse isn’t awake as he messed up my IV line (pulled it out by accident which resulted in a Dexter like blood splatter on his tech coat).  He then messed up putting in a new line resulting in both of us at the same time asking for someone else to run the line because, lets call it like it is, the needles are pretty thick and it doesn’t feel good to have someone continue to mess up putting them in your arm…finally got a proper line in and now I have to drink close to 600ML of a Crystal Light liquid before laying in the PET machine…the liquid isn’t bad per se, but what it does is messes with your stomach – especially since they require you drinking it on a 100% empty one…the machine is always an experience and I’m very fortunate that I do not get claustrophobic because I can see how people would laying there, totally still, with your arms above your head, blood draining from them, for 20min…

Thankfully it is over and I’ll find out on Monday how things are going…off to home I go to get some breakfast and rest before heading into work this afternoon…resting up, had a bagel and am doing some work from home…

It’s time to get to the office for a 330 meeting and then off to the edit house to see the first cut of one of the spots we shot yesterday…good meeting and the cut looks great!  Still lots to do, but for a first rough cut, we really couldn’t have asked for anything more…

Back in my neighborhood, picking up a gift I ordered for Andrew and Robyn’s new baby boy – Jacob (his bris was today which I unfortunately had to miss), but I’m excited to meet him this weekend…hanging in my apt, Rene is going to stop by and then I’m hopefully having dinner with GL and Emily…

Sadly, GL and Emily both got stuck late at work so we had to reschedule, but Rene brought along some surprise company in Cyn and Sam – always great to see my friends!  They also brought an amazing gift – a pair of Beats by Dre to help me pass the time in my various treatments and appointments.  Such a sick gift, really stoked to listen to them.  My friends and family just continue to amaze me in their support (emotional, mental, etc.) on an daily and at times hourly basis.  Love them.

Sam decided to hang with me and grab dinner – good to catch up with him as it has been a while…

Pretty wiped out and ready for some much needed and hopeful sleep.  Off to NJ tomorrow for Mother’s Day weekend…

Night all…