Day 26 – 13 Radiations and 2 Chemos to Go!

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Day 26 176 lbs

Happy Friday!  Brrrrrr it was kinda chilly this morning.  I had to get up in the middle of the night and put on some socks!  It was really nice not to have to get up this morning and get moving.  I was awakened about 7:30 by my buddy Finn who was dropped off by Jan and Albert for the weekend.  I settled him down and stayed in the bed until 8:30 when Sydney decided that it was time for us to get up.  It took a little longer to get my mouth started this morning, but that is a result of the salivary glands reduced and thickened output and the burned throat.  Brush teeth, swish Biotene, sip some water, gargle some aloe vera juice, a sip or two of warm Throat Coat tea and I can swallow comfortably again, well, there is a lot of gentle hacking and spitting involved but I will spare you those details!  Thank God for the team at UF who keep giving me ideas to keep this going, I don’t know what I would do without them.  Speaking of God, what a beautiful day he provided us in Jacksonville today.  It was a bit chilly but the sun was shining and warm.  I talked with a person from Minneapolis today who told me it was 17 degrees and cloudy there and you ALL know how I feel about that.

The Omeprozole is working really well and for the first time on a Friday I was hungry all

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Redneck Boy!

day.  Food is still going down well if I stay with warm, moist and soft.  It doesn’t taste like much, but I can imagine and that is alright.  After breakfast I took advantage of the day and went back to bed with Finn until about 2:00.  Due to Thanksgiving, next week I will have the normal radiation and chemo schedule

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House buddy

but only be off  Saturday then back to it Sunday through Wednesday.   I am trying to really be quiet this weekend eating, resting and hydrating to try to get into the best shape that I can.  The skin around my neck is retaining some of the burn so I am also focusing attention to icing and using the lotions and creams to get it as calmed down as I can before this next stretch.

Okay, the other day I made a mistake I swore that I would not make again.  A friend of mine had posted on Facebook an article from the New York Times discussing the correlation of murder rates by guns in different countries based on the amount of guns owned by it’s citizens.  I made a comment that the article did not include murders by bombs, knives, automobiles and other weapons and that what we needed was a return to rational discussions where people shared and listened to each other rather than clubbing each other with skewed facts and rhetoric supplied by biased sources.  You would have thought that I was the devil’s spawn.  When and how did we reach a point where no one is entitled to their own beliefs and feelings without being labeled as stupid, bigoted, and biased?  Where did my people of the 60 and 70s go?  Another friend posted a video on my timeline that really struck me.  Okay please do me a favor and take 2 minutes to watch it by clicking here Perspective   My new prayer to God is that he give me the willingness to be patient and kind towards others without questioning color, race, politics, beliefs, sexual preference, social status or heritage as His Son did for us.  Peace out my pretties!  Catch you guys tomorrow!

Don

LESSON OF THE DAY – God don’t make no Junk! People Do

Author: Don

Hi my name is Don Penny I am a professional woodturner in Jacksonville, FL. I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic squamous cell carcinoma in 3 lymph nodes and the base of the tongue and this is my story of day to day life while fighting cancer.

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