Tired, to say the least

I’m forcing myself to stay upright for a little while, since my M.O. has been one of a horizontal position. The last couple of days have been a blur of sleep, vitals, blood work, mushy food, sleep, measuring pee, more sleep, and visitors (did I mention sleep?). My parents made the trek to be with me for awhile and my dad did the honors this afternoon of preemptively letting loose my mane. So, monkish I sit before this laptop, wrapped in white cotton.

Virginia has taken it upon herself to make sure I don’t lounge around in bed all day. We went for our first walk outside the room yesterday, but I made a quick retreat after seeing all manor of coughing and general illness in the public hallways. Hey, I might have roguish tendencies, but I’d rather err on the side of caution while my immune system performs a reboot. She’s also named my inspirometer Babar, and boy does he want to play all the freakin’ time.

Tonight will be the last bag of chemo for this first round (called induction), then it’s dealing with side effects (intended and unintended) and waiting for my white blood count to start to go up enough to leave.

That’s about all I’ve got energy for. Until next time… take a moment to breathe in some wonderful, outdoor, springtime air for me.

10 Replies to “Tired, to say the least”

  1. I hope the side effects are minimal for you. I know that’s a lot to ask for, but I hate the thought of you suffering, and Virginia having to watch it.

  2. I, too, hope the side effects are minimal. Hang in there!!!!

  3. I’m glad that you’re getting up and about a little bit. Go, Dan, go!!!

  4. The best of luck with everything.

    Stay strong. xx

  5. Ben & Tina says:

    Just got back from bike riding in Texas and rec’d your news. A tough break, but I have it on cosmic authority that all will be fine. As they say, everything happens for a reason… just not sure what this one is. Please keep us posted as to your progress, and let me know when you want to go for a bike ride… or at least some birding.

  6. Bill Regehr says:

    Dan, our thoughts and prayers are with you. I’d love to see a pic of you and your dad with your new do’s. We’re traveling through Texas today and tomorrow but are keeping tabs on all that is going on with you.

    Stay strong!


  7. Dan,

    I hope you experience few side effects. Take care and you’re right to stay away from foreign germs. You are in my thoughts.


  8. Oh, I just wanted to add a Thank You! to you for posting at this time.

    Take care,


  9. hey dan,

    man, i never liked my inspirometer enough to give it a name! I’m looking forward to see your new monkish self. and I have a series for you to watch. familiar with firefly? I’ll have to have V bring it over to you. i can’t deliver personally —while I was enjoying outdoor air, I caught cold (but got to hear loons in the process—worth the cost of the sniffles and sore throat). if you like firefly i’ll sent over buffy(!)

    take care. my thoughts are with you and V.

  10. Hi Dan,

    Sorry to hear your news-stay strong. You are in our thoughts and prayers. If Virginia needs any help with the yard or house during the months while you are recovering, please ask.

    missing you in the neighborhood,
    Wendy, Jim, and Karah

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