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Day 3 of chemo - starting to feel it

Tunes this morning: Grateful Dead - Without A Net

Got a lot more sleep last night than I did the first few nights.  With people coming in every few hours to check vitals, replace fluid IVs, and with the number of times I need to get up to pee, I don't know what's harder, getting a solid night's sleep here, or at home with two young kids.  They pump you with so much fluids ('cause you basically need to pee out all the crap) that you pretty much have to go every couple hours.

I'm starting to get a feel for the schedule though, and last night, we combined a couple tasks into a single visit which helped with sustained sleep, but even with all that, it was quite a bit harder to get out of bed this morning.  It's been about 65 hours of chemo, and my body is (as expected) starting to feel the effects.  Apparently these first two weeks are gonna be pretty tough.  Just feeling a bit weak and foggy.

Last couple days I was up and about at 7:00a.  Not today.  I just couldn't bring myself to get up til Dr. Savant came to see me (around 8:45a).  Just felt drained, and was also listening to a great Snoop Dog interview on Howard (from 12/14/09).  Once I actually got up, and opened the blinds, I felt a little better.  It's nice to have such a gorgeous view of SF out the window... inspiring.

Oh, what's this?  Someone just delivered a box from!  Let's see what it is.

Woo!  It's a lava lamp from the other ejs.  Thanks, buddy!  That's a pretty cool gift.  Hopefully I can figure out a good place to put it.  I'll take another pic once I have it set up.

For those of you who don't know, I'm lucky enough to have not one, but two great friends named Eric J. Simon.  I made a point of making them both stand up at my wedding.  There's ejsphilly who I've known since kindergarten -- the one whose parents sent the lovely flowers from yesterday's post -- and there's plain ol' ejs (nothin 'plain about him, actually) who was a collegiate mentor of sorts and my Grateful Dead taper buddy in the 90s.  ejs taught me that I could party my ass off when the Dead came to town and still get all my school work done.  If I recall, in 1991, I saw 18 Dead shows and 18 Phish shows, and still got about a 3.5 in school.  Not too shabby.  We had some pretty incredible runs, huh, buddy?  Dead Boston Garden '91, '93, and '94 to name a few.

Wedding pics: ejs and ejsphilly:

Rider "Sun gonna shine" and "Headlight" verses just came on the iPod.  Just notched my energy up a bit.  Can't eat much of my breakfast, though.  Maybe lunch.

OK, they said they can unhook my poison for 20 minutes I can grab a shower.  Need it.  I stink like Wade Phillips right about now.

I will kick its ass,



  1. No one stinks as much as Wade Phillips! -dg

  2. Start doing some planning for that first show of your recovery...

  3. Sweet, dude. I was hoping that you could use the lava lamp to visualize healthy blood cells, multiplying, returning your health, and kicking its ass. The lava lamp doesn't require much; even in your most tired state, I hope it can entertain and inspire.

    Thanks for the memories of the great runs back in the day. I couldn't think of a nicer way to describe me - thanks! I remember seeing 6 GD shows in 7 days without missing a class (spring tour 1988). Life in balance.

    Keep it up, dude.

    Your buddy,



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