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February 02, 2005

Day Three Results: I gotta stop making predictions.

Day three was bad.

So bad we canceled the treatment.

They started at least four IV lines that blew out, and I was needled about 7 times. I'm definitely gonna need a port, like last time.

So I was there several hours, having to run to the bathroom every 20-30 minutes as my body continued it's policy of urgent poison removal. Meanwhile, this doctor wants more poison in, and my veins aren't cooperating and it hurts like all get-out.

Finally, as I'm about to just walk out, a nervous wreck, the doctor suggests one more try. Fine. Needle stick. This one blows immediately.

I'm about in tears from all the jabbing and pain of blown veins and just all the activity, when my doc suggests I drive to the hospital and have them carve a line into my upper arm, then I return to get the poison. No thank you. Enough is enough.

So one of two things will happen now:

1 - Surgery tomorrow to put in the catheter and then we do the treatment Friday.

2 - We skip day three and wait until the next scheduled three-day treatment (Feb 21), this time with a handy catheter in place.

Anyone care to guess which I'm hoping for? We'll know when we get the phone call.

The funny thing is, it doesn't seem to take a full three-days of poison to make you feel bad. Oddly, two days seem to be working just fine for me. The thing that would worry you most is the weakness. I almost pulled a muscle lifting an empty milk jug - an empty milk jug!

Thank you for your many thoughts and prayers. We remain on standby.

Imagine the best.

PS Patriots 38, Eagles 17

Posted by Dan at February 2, 2005 03:22 PM

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So you really think the game will be that close?

Posted by: Jim at February 2, 2005 03:49 PM

I think you can make a couple of bucks off all this extra urine. Ebay ad reads as follows: Cancer patient's urine during treatment. Helps keeps away
unwanted people when rubbed over body. Buy me now at $5000.00 a quart. No shiping. Pick up in Youngstown, Ohio. Think about it. No use leaving those empty milk jugs empty. Have Mrs. Popping Culture move the full ones outside. Just a thought.

Posted by: Jim at February 2, 2005 04:02 PM

Always working the angles. That's what I like about you, Jim.

Although I'm not sure that particular idea is do-able, given the shipping rates here in Ohio. Turns out most states prefer their urine more domestic anyway.

Posted by: Big Dan at February 2, 2005 04:15 PM

Definitely keeping those prayers going! All over the country... And in the country as well.. Just a little word play there... You know how those of us in ministry can be! Especially while still attending seminary.. {You better have smiled or else!}

Sorry to hear about today! DANG IT! These things happen or so I hear... No one who I know that has cancer had a successful treatment today. What the HECK is that about huh?

Ummm I think you're wrong though on one MAJOR issue: Patriots 34, Eagles 10

Posted by: Cam at February 2, 2005 04:51 PM

You are really amazing, my friend.

P.S. Speaking of eBay -- I'm thinking of that scene in The Aviator with the milk bottles lined up against the wall in Howard's hotel room.

I'm just saying.

Posted by: Ara at February 2, 2005 05:16 PM

Things ain't going so hot here but they pale in comparison to your situation. I hope the next round goes a little smoother.

PS: Your ebay account has been suspended so you can forget about that urine sale. My email says so.

Posted by: Ralph at February 2, 2005 09:20 PM

Ugh. Sorry the treatment was so terrible.

On a happier note, here's the bright side of having poison injected into your vein. The next time someone pisses you off, you can say, "I swear to God, I will open my veins and bleed on you" and it will actually make some sense.

Whenever I say it, people just look at me funny.

Posted by: Joel Caris at February 3, 2005 04:15 AM

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