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This has been an incredible week. Not only am I feeling better than I've felt in months (in my body and mind, I know that we've achieved a remission -- we'll know for sure next week), but some pretty phenomenal things have happened.
First of all, between the San Mateo and San Francisco offices, the salesforce.com Be The Match donor drive signed up almost 400 people in the last two days! You can see the official blog posting here. We're hoping the story gets picked up by AP, etc. If it does, I'll post more links. Want to get into the registry so you can help someone in need, just go to marrow.org -- it's simple!
Next, I've been able to lead a reasonably normal life for the past week or so. I'm eating like crazy, and my taste buds are almost back to normal. Maybe I'll even like pizza again (eh, Tripper?) Still, I've only gained about 3 pounds. Heather bought me this weight-gain protein shake powder, but all I can think of is Cartman. "MOM! CAN YOU GET ME SOME WEIGHT GAIN 4000?"
I've been spending lots of time with the kids -- we even had a little sing-along last night, working from home a few hours a day (which feels great!) and am even getting a chance to walk around the neighborhood everyday. Here's a pic from my walk on Wednesday. Sorry it's a little washed out.
But that's all small stuff compared to the big news that I got from UCSF this week. Don't hate me, but I actually knew this on Tuesday afternoon -- I just didn't want to draw any attention away from the Bone Marrow Drive. Drum roll please....
In addition to my counts still being way up (which means I can do fun stuff like go out to restaurants) the donor database search returned a TON of results! There are literally SCORES of matches for me, including several 10-out-of-10 high-resolution scan matches. This means that UCSF can dig into the absolute best matches and find the absolute best for me.
Obviously, this is the best news possible, and believe me, it was hard to keep under the proverbial hat for two days. What this means, based on my understanding, is that we could potentially start the BMT as early as 3 weeks from now; more likely six. If it's six week, it's likely I'll need a little more chemo before we start. That kinda sucks, but hey, if that's what we need to do to ensure the highest success rate of the BMT, so be it.
A quick aside, before I sign off. As my good friend Rob from Philly will continually remind me from now until the cows come home, when the iPad first came out, I thought it was cool, but far from a necessity. I stand (sit) corrected. I can't live without the friggin thing now. Not for the games like Osmos, but for the utilities! With the Hi-res Slingbox app, you basically now have a portable TV! With the Mocha VNC app, you now have a way to control a headless PC driving an HDTV. Streaming movies, anyone? With the Kindle app, now Heather and I can both read in bed with a single Kindle account. And Floyd absolutely loves the thing. It's amazing what we can get him to do so that he gets "15 minutes of iPad time" after dinner. :)
OK, so that's the news! Rejoice all! Now onto more important matters... big game this weekend. Let's go Birds. Tripper, B, Free, Raff, et al.... psyched to see you Sunday!!
I will kick its ass,