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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-30

October 31st, 2009 Comments off
  • Done with round 3 chemo. Tired but not from chemo but from nurses, doctors, etc coming in my room every 15 min since 7am this morning. #
  • Sweet! The 7 hour live Ghost Adventures special is tonight. They have the regular series on all day leading up to it. These guys are crazy! #
  • I want to know what the special surprise is tonight on Ghost Adventure #GhostAdventuresLive #
  • Second radiation zap ready to go! #
  • Trying to decompress from more health insurance woes. #
  • RT @ghostadventures: Here we go! The live show is on! #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-29

October 30th, 2009 Comments off
  • Just about to finish round 2 of chemo. Only side effect is the staff coming in to wake me up. On the a serious note I drank water today :-) . #
  • I have a little bit of an elevated heart rate and fatigue. They are going to me on an EKG to what is going on. Prayers are welcome. #
  • Just finished my first radiation zap. All went well. Just waiting for my ride back to the hospital. #
  • My wife just brought the kids up to see me. They seemed more interested in Sponge Bob on the TV. It was still nice to see them. #
  • Just started my third round of chemo and I just keep truckin on! #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-28

October 29th, 2009 Comments off
  • Made it through my first night of chemo. No side effects as of yet. Yeah! I have about 4 hours left on this 16 hour run. 1 down, 5 to go. #
  • Just got hooked up with my second dose of chemo. Let's hope this one goes as well as the first one. #
  • Watching Mythbusters. These guys have the best job ever. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-27

October 28th, 2009 Comments off
  • Waiting for the call from the doctor's office so I can be admitted to the hospital to start my treatment. #
  • Got the call. Leaving for the hospital within the hour. Fun! #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-27

October 28th, 2009 Comments off
  • Waiting for the call from the doctor's office so I can be admitted to the hospital to start my treatment. #
  • Got the call. Leaving for the hospital within the hour. Fun! #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-26

October 27th, 2009 Comments off
  • Out for the first time in a week on my own. Surgery was a much bigger deal then I thought. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-26

October 27th, 2009 Comments off
  • Out for the first time in a week on my own. Surgery was a much bigger deal then I thought. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-23

October 24th, 2009 Comments off
  • Just downed my first 8oz can of formula via "the tube". Not the most fun experience but got the job done. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-23

October 24th, 2009 Comments off
  • Just downed my first 8oz can of formula via "the tube". Not the most fun experience but got the job done. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-22

October 23rd, 2009 Comments off
  • Up to take some more Vicodin with some milk and then off to beddy bye again. #
  • Downloading Windows 7 from my online purchase for a Boot Camp and Parallels install later today. #
  • Doh! My Windows 7 download is delayed thanks to Windows XP doing updates. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-22

October 23rd, 2009 Comments off
  • Up to take some more Vicodin with some milk and then off to beddy bye again. #
  • Downloading Windows 7 from my online purchase for a Boot Camp and Parallels install later today. #
  • Doh! My Windows 7 download is delayed thanks to Windows XP doing updates. #

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My Official Treatment Plan and Start Date

October 22nd, 2009 Comments off

So I just got the final word on the what and when in regard to my treat plan. The 6 week chemo and radiation treatment plan is still in place but with a twist. See I am to have chemo on the first and last week of the 6 week plan. But during those weeks I am supposed to be getting chemo for a 16 hour period each day. On top of that I am supposed to make it to get zapped by radiation each day as well. We asked our nurse about the logistical part of this yesterday and she said she would work it out with the doctor and call us.

Well the doctor himself called today and said if I still want the 6 week treatment plan that I would need to be admitted to the hospital for the 1st and 6th week of treatment. The reason for this is that the standard chemo treatment office is only open regular business hours Monday through Friday. If I am admitted they can administer continuously like it needs to be done. He offered me that or a 3 month treatment plan where I have to carry a pump around with me.

We chose the 6 week plan.

The first reason for this is that I get the treatment done in half the time. The other benefit is if I do have an complications and/or pain I am there and they can help me with whatever I need. Sure it will be a week in the hospital but I think it is the best place for me to get this done. Also, they will ferry me each day to the radiation a couple blocks away so I will be getting the royal treatment.

Currently the doctor is looking at when I can be admitted but he is shooting Monday the 26th. We should hear back from him soon to confirm it.

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-21

October 22nd, 2009 Comments off
  • I'm upgrading the iMac to Snow Leopard. Hopefully it will spark life back into it. #
  • Notable speed on the iMac after the upgrade to Snow Leopard. #
  • At a follow up appointment for yesterday's surgery. #
  • Just bought Windows 7 Pro for $30 with my student discount. All you need is a .edu email address – http://bit.ly/pZKCT #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-20

October 21st, 2009 Comments off
  • I'm out of surgery. Still a little foggy and sore but in good spirits. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers! #

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I’ve Been Pegged and Ported

October 20th, 2009 Comments off

Well today was the very first surgery of my life.

I have to admit that I was very nervous.

I think I was nervous about having a “real” surgery to begin with but also nervous about the results of the surgery as well. The results of the surgery were putting a port for my chemo treatment and a feeding tube (PEG tube) in my stomach. The thought of various tubes permanently hanging out of my body was kind of freaking me out. My wife was there by my side until they wheeled me away though and helped me to stay strong.

Upon waking up I was no longer freaked out but felt pretty good about what had taken place (I think the pain medication may have helped).

I think the main reason for this switch is that the anticipation of the unknown was now gone and so I could focus on the benefits of the work which was done. I think I am more excited about the feeding tube then the chemo port. The reason for this is that I have had trouble eating for a while and it had been getting worse. With the tube I will be able to get the food into my system that I need without struggling.

With the chemo port I am told that I will not need anymore IV’s so that is a bonus. IV’s and shots are my least favorite part of this experience so far but as bad as they are they don’t comapare to the…

BLOOD PRESURE CUFF

Those things freak me out. Everytime they start to fill up with air and sweeze my arm I get really uneasy. I was telling my mom about it and she started to laugh. The reason for her laughter was a story she told me from when I was young.

When I was 5-6 years old I went to the drug store with my mom to pickup a prescription. At this store they had one of those blood pressure machines where you stick your arm in it and press the button to get your blood pressure. Me being the curious fellow that I was decided to see what this thing was all about despite the warnings from my mom to leave it alone.

I of course didn’t head my mom’s warnings and so as soon as she turned her back I let it rip. The thing was though I didn’t know that it filled up with air and locked you arm in while it got your pressure. The next thing my mom new I was screaming bloody murder and was practically gnawing my arm off trying to get out of it. Oh, and these were the days before they had the emergency release button for such occasions.

So there I am screaming my head off and people are rushing from all parts of the store to see who sounds like they are stuck in a bear trap. Everyone was trying to find an off switch when one valiant hero found the cord plugged into the wall and yanked it. The machine released me from it death grip and I was finally free.

As my mom was telling I tried remembering any portion of this story but could not recount any of it. I guess maybe it was such a tramatic event that I blocked it out of my mind. My body remembers it though. Eveytime that thing starts to tighten up by body tenses up and I start to sweat. Oh yes, it remembers.

Anyway, today started out a little rough but is ending on a good note. I went through my first surgery, have what I need to eat and get treatment, and I survied another bought with the blood presure cuff. I will live to fight another day!

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-19

October 20th, 2009 Comments off
  • Just had "the talk" with my oldest son about my cancer. Whew! That was tough. Not for him but for me. He took it like a champ and is fine. #
  • At my consult for tomorrows chemo port surgery. #
  • My surgerys scheduled for 7:30am tomorrow and I have to be there at 5:30. It looks like I will be getting sleep via anesthesia ;-) . #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-17

October 18th, 2009 Comments off
  • Tried to get chicken noodle soup – they don't have it today. Got broccoli instead. Didn't taste so great. I'm now eating ice cream instead. #
  • Watching The Way of the Dragon on G4. Classic Bruce Lee. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-16

October 17th, 2009 Comments off
  • At the doctor for my chemo port consult. #
  • I hope it's real: For every tweet tagged with #BeatCancer, eBay & Miller/Coors will donate $.01 to cancer orgs. http://bit.ly/2×0IGo #
  • The soup at Quiznos is nasty. It really does taste like it is from the can. I should know, soup is all I eat these days. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-16

October 17th, 2009 Comments off
  • At the doctor for my chemo port consult. #
  • I hope it's real: For every tweet tagged with #BeatCancer, eBay & Miller/Coors will donate $.01 to cancer orgs. http://bit.ly/2×0IGo #
  • The soup at Quiznos is nasty. It really does taste like it is from the can. I should know, soup is all I eat these days. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-10-15

October 16th, 2009 Comments off

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