Saturday, December 11, 2004

Fifteen minutes.

Fifteen minutes.

Sometimes, fifteen minute increments are all we can manage.

Sometimes, fifteen minutes is enough.

Fifteen minutes ago, I finished this round of chemo, turned off the 5FU pump, and pulled the Huber pin out of my port-a-cath. Fifteen minutes before that I started gathering up the gear to do it.

I'm finished with this round. Week one of chemo plus double radiation is done. Next week and through the rest of the year, it's once a day radiation on business days. Next round of chemo is not until 2005.

That's more than 15 minutes from now, so I'm ok.


Blogger UisceBaGirl said...

Time is a funny thing - slows down at earth-shattering moments; speeds up when we are absorbed; and many minutes unaccountably missing in the final tally. I'm convinced that time is a theoretical construct but like many other illusions it can be unbearably real at times. (Heh - pun not intended).

I wish you many four-packs of 15 minutes of rest, joy, slumber, healing, and time with family and friends and music between now and the New Year.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Suzy Secretary said...

When you stopped by the office two weeks ago, I told you that I felt intimidated to write an entry on your blog because my writing skills are not as eloquent as those of your family and friends. You said simply to write what is in my heart. So, dear Jim, here is my attempt.

Saying prayers for you and checking your blog have become morning rituals for me. It does my heart good to see an entry posted as I know you are working the plan.

You once told me that you wanted to write a book about the finite minutes of each day and the increments of time it takes to do our daily chores, responsibilities and personal grooming. I smiled when I read your thoughts about fifteen minutes. With a slight twist, the book is being written.

Keep on truckin’, my friend.
Your loyal assistant,

8:04 AM  
Blogger vkenny said...

Hi Jimmy, Sleep is the great equalizer but also very elusive when needed the most. I'm very happy round 2 of the chemo is done. As far as the aches & pains go Ed uses Aspercreme because the smell of some of the other topical remedies made him quesy and I didn't enjoy it much either. I know I have said one day at a time is a great way to handle tough situations but sometimes breaking into smaller more manageable increments is the key. Keep fighting the good fight.

8:50 AM  

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