Thursday, December 09, 2004

Holding on.

Today was my second to last day at the infusion center and of double radiation. Looks like the 5FU pump will probably run into Sunday.

My knees ache. My ankles, shins & feet, too. Still groggy and foggy, but sleep is elusive. Too worn out even to watch the band at the pub tonight.

Maybe tomorrow will be easier. Certainly, next week should be a little better without the chemo.


Blogger vkenny said...

Hi Jimmy, Remember one day at a time is the only way to cope with what your body is going through. I think many of the aches & pains are related more to the radiation than the chemo, and you're right you will feel much better next week and every day it will get a little better. Keep hanging in there and fighting the good fight Ed & I are praying every day.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Karen Davis said...

Keep the faith, Jim. You're almost through Round 2. Love and prayers - Karen and Greg

8:51 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

We love you Jim!
Jenn, John, FiFi

P.S. I like Icy Hot or Vicks Vapo Rub for aching joints/muscles. It also works wonders for abdominal cramps. -Jenn

6:12 PM  
Blogger Tom Wolf said...

Tough stuff. We're for you.

We've started home schooling Dale. He'd been lobbying for it for years, and it was now or never. Sixth grade is a wonderful time. He's still very much a kid, but very sophisticated, too. He is an unabashed fan of Winnie the Pooh, but insisted on staying up for every Bush-Kerry debate, doing a running commentary of both men. There are so many cool things he can do in home school, that would not be possible anywhere else. I wish I were able to particpate more in the teaching.

Inspired by your example, Dale's going to start his own blog site and keep a journal of his home schooling experience. When you feel up to it, he can walk over to your house for a visit and you can talk to him about something suitably educational. I'll get the headmistress to amend the curriculum and make you a visited professor.

See you soon.

Love, Tom

6:14 PM  
Blogger UisceBaGirl said...

Quoted in 'Fire in the Soul', by Joan Borysenko:

"When there is no longer a cyclone, there is no longer an eye. So the storms, crises, and sufferings of life are a way of finding the eye. When everything is going our way we do not see the eye and feel no need to look for it. But when everything is going against us, then we find the eye." -- Bernadette Roberts

I hope this doesn't sound like a platitude from someone who is not herself gravely ill. I think Jim's entries have shown that he has a new perspective on the ordinary and normal events of life in this currently fragile state he finds himself in. The 'eye' I think signifies the clarity about what is really important in life. Perhaps everyone has a different answer to this question, but if so, I think that the love between humans and their relationship to the divine is part of the answer for almost everyone.

11:51 AM  

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