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Sunday, November 27, 2011

If the Sun Refused to Shine

Blogging Tunes: Peter Gabriel - New Blood

So has it really come to this?  Has life returned so closely to normal (no!) that I can honestly go an entire month without posting?

While it is certainly true, from a macroscopic level, that "no news is good news," and while my Doctor used words like "terrific" to describe how I'm doing, there continues to be plenty of challenges with my recovery. I just have so little time to do anything other than work, work, work, family, family, and sleep.  Oh and watch the occasional season-ending football game. Way to go, Beagles.

So this update will be short:

  • my counts are good
  • going back down to 0.4mg Tac
  • clinic visits down to one every three weeks
  • still as fatigued as I was 3 months ago, but somehow working the Salesforce pace

By the way, I am hiring.  Here's what I posted on LinkedIn: CCE is hiring in San Francisco and Dublin. Our team is growing as fast as it is brilliant. Come join the hottest team in the entire R&D Organization. Contact me for details. San Francisco link: Dublin link:

Anyway, back to the update:
  • still need 8.5 hours of sleep (minimum) to function
  • neuropathy (in hands and feet, worst in feet) still a major PITA
  • various muscle pain/strain on the lightest of activities
  • family is great

But all this means squat compared to the sh*t that some of my friends are going through. Patrick, Abigail, Gilly, I think about you guys every day. I know you're going to fight your way through this.

If anyone reading has a few extra prayers to spare, please think of may PAG gang. They need your positive thoughts more than I do right now.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Remember how good we have it. Every day is a gift. Except maybe for Andy Reid. For him, every day is a cheeseburger. :)



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

His Hair was Perfect!

Blogging tunes: - Groove Salad

Ahhh-ooooooooo!  Werewolves of San Rafael.  So much has happened since my last update -- most of it very good, some of it not so great.  I will provide a medical update, share some highlights and a few pics.

On a personal note, trick or treating in San Rafael last night was awesome.  It was a balmy 69 degrees after sundown, and it seemed that everyone in town converged on the Gerstle Park neighborhood. Fortunately, Eyan got some good pics of the fam. Also some of the houses were absolutely spooktacular -- didn't get many pics of these.

Oh, and all you NorEasters who are sick of us left-coasters hazing you about the weather out here, you can kiss my skinny white touchas! :) The hazing will never stop (until the big earthquake hits, then the tables will be turned.)

Floyd's tiger outfit from last year still fit him, and Orion wore Floyd's old Monkey costume.

H and O

Hobbes - I mean, Floyd

Ryder, Sarah, Heather, and Orion

Spooky House

The other big event was the LLS' Light the Night walk in San Francisco. There was an amazing turnout and overall the LLS raised close to $500,000 from all the teams and walkers. The top team was "Love for Landers," sponsored by the SF Giants raising almost $85k. Salesforce came in 2nd with $45k. Most of the company matches aren't counted yet, so I bet we'll get up to $60k. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

$45k in four weeks!  Not bad!

Patrick Landers works for the SF Giants and has already been through hell in his battle. His "Day -8" was yesterday -- how crazy is that -- so his transplant is coming up in 7 days.

And then we will execute on our plan for a killer LLS/Giants/Phillies event.

Patrick's story here:
Final Salesforce numbers here:
My numbers here:

Donations are still being accepted on all pages. On a lighter note, I did a tune with the Cheeseballs before the walk.

Hop in my Chrysler, it's as big as a whale!

The news on my condition remains very good. I had a minor setback this weekend though. My fatigue level was just insane. Honestly, it felt like I had regressed three months. I spent most of Saturday and Sunday in bed -- not Sunday night though :)  Wooooo Iggles!

I was pretty beat yesterday when I saw my team... my doctor thinks it was just fatigue or maybe I was fighting something, because the counts look good. I'm running myself a bit ragged at work, so I guess I need to slow down a bit -- easier said than done. Other than the pace, work is awesome. It's so great to be making a real impact on the success of a great company and to be on a team where you love everyone you work with. We'll see how it goes.

The other thing that's driving me nuts is my feet. They feel like they are all puffy -- they're not -- and they are always much colder than they should be.  It's currently 69 degrees in the garoffice but I'm soaking 'em in warm water. I mean, really. Soaking my feet? Aren't you supposed to be like 80 years old for that?  Before I go to bed, I put a heating pad between the two blankets down by where my feet are going to be so that area's all warm. Oy vey. At least it didn't snow here ;)

Maybe I shouldn't have said anything. Sunny and 75 tomorrow, but it's gonna cool down and rain later in the week.

Little Arrows gigs continue as well. Today was really fun, and no, Matty, I didn't record anything -- kinda wish I had.  I lost myself in Standing On The Moon, and played a rockin The Last Time among others. One of the kids -- ironically, named Harmony -- took to giving me big bear hugs during many of the songs. Good stuff.

There's so much more, obviously -- life with two kids under 4 is crazy, as many of you know -- but I gotta call it a night. Go Eagles, Go Flyers.

Full recovery bound... no matter what,