Dear Friends and Family
I have managed to come through my 2nd treatment cycle ok. Alot better than “round 1” as I forced myself to drink more fluids early on, which seemed to speed the recovery from the chemo side effects. My weight is still an issue. I have lost about 30 pounds since leaving work (though I was 10 pounds too heavey to begin with), so I am looking pretty thin these days. Still have hair, though, so I got that going for me :o)
I continued to be touched by all the kind words of encouragement you send. I am not able to turn around replies as quickly as I would like since the treatments put me “out of commission” for 4-5 days, but I want you to know that I read them all and, though I am not an especially sentimental guy, I must admit to a tear or two, along with a smile, as I read.
You guys from work are great. I keep listening to the CD you put together. What a great mix of music. And all the wonderful dinners that you have cooked and provided for Kathy and I have made these past weeks easier on us. There is still plenty in our freezer (um!).
As usual, I am keeping a low profile and trying to conserve my strength for this fight. I have been reading some of the books you have sent me, taking my thoughts to different places and events, and speeding away the time. I have tried to keep my brain engaged with mental exercises while I rest and for some strange reason I got hooked on probability calculations, especially involving dice rolls. You know what I mean? While I got the probabilities down involving the sum to two dice (afterall, craps and me go way back), I started down this wierd path of calculating the probability of rolling a “2” or less with one die, two dice, three dice, etc. Then, the probability of rolling “3” or less, “4” or less, and “5” or less. Interesting how the math works. I have been trying to derive the formula myself (versus looking it up in my old algebra books) and have gotten a little closer each time. Its not like Newton and his search for the calculus or anything, but it keeps my mind busy while I doze…. Yeah. I think it must be the meds…
Until next time, hang in there. I wish you all a smile that fills your day.