The Way Things Is (as of November 21st)

Hey everyone!

Things have been going pretty well since I was discharged from the hospital on Saturday. My legs have been regaining their strength even quicker than I had hoped, and I’m able to walk around the house without any issues. My appetite is still completely gone, but that’s not that big of a deal; As long as Haley keeps forcing Ensure into me so I have some nutrients and whatnot, I should be doing just fine.

We’re still on Operation Egg Salad, which involves “normal” Chemo every three weeks and a special drug delivered to my brain and central nervous system via Spinal Tap

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Pictured: Typical Spinal Tap Process

I’m going to give up a whole bunch of sympathy points right now, and tell you all that getting a Spinal Tap is not quite as bad as you’ve heard. It ain’t pleasant, but once the needle is in the pain is very manageable.

The worst part is what happens after the Spinal Tap, which is that you have to remain completely flat for two hours. The way the chemicals and gravity and your spine all work together, getting up and moving around after a spinal tap could give you a headache so bad that you are likely to want to murder everyone around you.

Luckily, I have several years of experience in laying flat for several hours, so it hasn’t been a problem for me so far.

So what’s next? I currently have another Spinal Tap scheduled for Wednesday, but I think that one is a mistake and is going to be cancelled in favor of one on Friday or some other time. Basically scheduling is a little bit of a mess right now.

We’re having family come in and out of town for the next few months; Right now Haley’s brother is in town, which is great for everyone. The boys love him, he gets along great with everyone, and it’s always a blast when he’s in town.

My father will be in town starting in a week or two, and then my best friend (and former boss) Mike Armstrong will be staying out here for a week as well. We’re all looking forward to these visits, especially since they coincide with the holidays. Thanksgiving should be a blast, and, of course, I have my usual way over the top Christmas plans.

That’s it for today, I’m going to try to post more frequent updates to keep more people in the loop, but for now I’m going to go see about taking a quick nap. I love you all, and feel free to drop into the comments!


3 thoughts on “The Way Things Is (as of November 21st)

  1. Glad to hear a spinal tap isn’t the nightmare I imagined! Sounds like the new treatment is going well, best wishes on a speedy recovery! Take care and hope you have a great Thanksgiving!


  2. Glad you are home and having some visitors – I remember you as a strong , happy and poopy kid. Two quick stories – I babysat you all the time when you were an infant – and one time I took you to your first visit to the zoo – in my boyfriend’s brand new Trans Am – wow were we cool – you were so happy at the zoo ,pointing, laughing, loving etc. Then when it was time to go I went to put you in your car seat and you just exploded! There was poop all over the backseat of the new car, on me and all over you. What an impression you made. After a lot of screaming in terror on my part – I cleaned you up and still loved you anyway!
    The other is I remember how creative and funny you are – I had a big boombox size video camera and you and William would make funny videos – I still have the one that you two made of Homer Simpson. If I can figure out how to transfer it I will send to you.
    Have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving and you are so lucky to have a wonderful wife and two great boys.


  3. Mel says:

    Glad to hear a spinal tap isn’t the nightmare I imagined! Sounds like the new treatment is going well, best wishes on a speedy recovery! Take care and hope you have a great Thanksgiving!


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