Days 5 & 6 – Where do they go?

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Day 4 Happy to be Home!

Hola compadres, no I didn’t fall off the face of the earth, just tried to a little more than I should have, but it was worth every minute of it.  Sunday was pretty much a repeat of the regular.  Slept pretty good until about 10 got up to my smiling baby and did my personal chores.  It was the day of the Wood Turner’s Christmas party and I decided to make an attempt to join in.  After breakfast I went back to bed to rest up.  The big news – when I got up I tried a 1/2 sandwich and got down a salami and pastrami with mustard.  Now it didn’t taste like much and took some water, but it was solid food.

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Day 5 A little Dented

We showered and dressed then I set on the couch until it was time to go.  I had developed an intense case of cabin fever and it was nice to get out – so I thought – file that under the “be careful for what you wish for” tab!  It was nice seeing everybody and I did get to try some food.  I had a couple of bites of turkey, baked beans, green beans, mac and cheese and banana pudding.  Now the green beans had a green bean like taste and the banana pudding was slightly bananaish, but the other items were palatable so food wise the day was a huge success. And while it was wonderful to see so many of my supporters and catch up with great friends, it was a good thing we could leave when it was time.  When we got home I did not pass go or collect $200 just went straight to bed by 8:30!

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The Party!

I did not sleep particularly well and got up this morning head downtown to get re-hydrated.  That in itself was a bit precarious.  It took 8 attempts and 3 nurses to finally get a line in.  My veins just did not stand up to the cisplatin well, but nurses are so good that I can barely feel it when they try.  They can get the vein it just won’t hold up to the infusion or the blood just comes out a bit and won’t run.  Thank you God for capable nurses.  When I got home I made the mistake of trying to eat a banana – BLECH!!! I could only get half of it down – I did so good with the pudding but we will not be trying that again real soon.  I did sleep most of the afternoon and are a little groggy tonight.  But I am in good spirits, anxiously looking forward to trying some new foods and hoping that this phase of my development quickly passes.

OK, so this is a little self absorbed, but some special people told me last night how much reading the blog has helped them in their daily lives.  I was a bit surprised, but so grateful that this exercise has helped someone other than me.  I’ve told you all before how humbling it is to know that you check on me daily, but did you know that almost 40 people a day visit the site from 4 countries?  Tonight we will cross 2,000 total visits.  Thank you all for sharing my life, it means so much.

I am a disappointed, my father-in-law and mother-in-law Larry and Dyanne invited us to Ocala next weekend to spend the night and to attend their church’s Christmas celebration and I really wanted to go, but this weekend showed me that I am just not strong enough try a trip like that.  Someday soon guys! For the time being I fall back to one day at a time, I do not need to push this nor do I want to.


LESSON OF THE DAY – “It’s the steady, quiet, plodding ones who win in the lifelong    race.” ― Robert W. Service



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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