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Purple Death Hawk 07-02-15 Five months

Posted on July 2, 2015 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (1)

I am now at the five-month mark. This can be a very bumpy ride. Yesterday I met with my cancer doctor to begin the next part of the journey and I found my baby boy cat that had been missing for four days. Funny, the sense of relief made a huge difference in how I am feeling.


To keep it as simple as possible, my body has bounced back well from the chemo. I no longer have to have weekly blood tests, all of my counts h...

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Purple Death Hawk 06-25-15 Retirement part two

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I am coming up with solutions for the battle going on in my brain. I have decided that balancing my drive to be productive and my need to live life while I can is doable in stages. Basically, the stages of what I may or may not have left. I do not have all of the answers now, but I have a plan.


For the next few months, I will be almost fully retired. First, it is summer and I really enjoy working outside in my garde...

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Purple Death Hawk 06-21-15 Retirement (?) part one

Posted on June 21, 2015 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I am supposed to be working or at least accomplishing something. This is my brain talking to me. I am also supposed to be “retired”, or disabled. This is my doctors and my body talking to me. These two ideas are not playing well with each other.


I do not consider myself a workaholic, but I am an accomplishaholic. I feel guilty if I am not doing something constructive. I look at my hobbies and the things ...

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Purple Death Hawk 06-16-15 Jurassic World

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Awesome. This is one movie sequel that is as good as the original. I have heard that some have complained about the plot. Seriously, you know what the plot is. A bad guy thinks messing with nature and genetics is a good thing. You are not watching this movie for the plot. You are going for the exercise. I jumped out of my seat about a dozen times.


Why is the Jurassic series important to me? When the original was re-...

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Purple Death Hawk 06-14-15 The $100 hair cut

Posted on June 14, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

My hair is trying to grow back now. I have about ½ inch of fuzziness. Half of it is shiny white and the rest is unknown at this time. It looks like it might come back as my deep red tone. On an interesting note, in the days B.C. (before chemo), I did have a nice thinning area. (Read bald spot.) Now what is coming in is solid and the formerly bald area is covered.


Last week at the grocery store the bagger called...

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Purple Death Hawk 06-12-15

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week’s blood test results were good, in the normal range for two weeks after chemo. Platelets were on the low side, but they usually do drop and then come back up by the third week. Of course, next week I will not be getting the standard three rounds of chemo. My body may not know what to do with itself.


Day two of the large yard sale. Yesterday was in the mid 90s and exhausting. Fortunately, a neighbor j...

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Purple Death Hawk 06-08-2015 Stumbling through

Posted on June 8, 2015 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I figure that feeling lost right now is probably normal. Some days I wonder if I can pretend this never happened. That does not work well. I have been doing fairly well preparing for the larger yard sale this week. It just takes me three times longer to get things done than it used to. That is something I really struggle with. I have to work on not getting frustrated with myself.


I am looking forward to the yard sal...

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Purple Death Hawk 06-03-15 Four months

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday marked four months from the day I was admitted to the hospital. I have finished my series of six rounds of chemo and am getting back to feeling “normal”. I had my weekly blood work today and all counts are doing well, in the range expected.


I realize that I have spent the last couple of days in a “now what” mode. I still have plenty of things to take care of, I am not running out of...

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Purple Death Hawk 05-31-15 Neulasta injector success

Posted on May 31, 2015 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

At 5:27 p.m. yesterday, the injector began making a series of three short beeps. After about two minutes, the device stopped and I then started to hear a quiet clicking every ten seconds or so. No pain, but the area felt a little cold every so often.


At 6:18 p.m., I heard one long beep and the device went quiet. I looked at it in the mirror and the indicator line was at empty. I carefully peeled the injector off. Ju...

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Purple Death Hawk 05-30-15 On-body Neulasta injector

Posted on May 30, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (2)

I hit the brick wall of exhaustion a bit earlier than expected, but I have learned to plan for it. It’s okay, I have a couple of days to mostly rest. The on-body injector made it through the night, still attached and giving me the green flashing that all systems are go.


My humor with this silly thing is I want to call it an on-board injector. Like I am a car with some fancy device. Anyway, it should go off in about six hours. I will report in tomorrow about how this g...

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