Along the Santa Fe Trail
Saturday, August 22, 2009
....well, not quite, but time is getting short.
I wanted to thank everyone for the birthday wishes and goodies; they were greatly appreciated, even if I couldn't respond to them right away. I have pictures of that single, fantastic, perfect day and will post them later as well as my adventures in diabetic education as soon as I'm feeling better.
Right now, this round of chemo is not going well. I can cheerfully expect to see my food expelled out both ends within ten minutes to an hour after eating. Naturally my choice of edibles has been significantly limited by this factor. Soft, spicy things with a high number of carbs last longest in my system. The stuff you're supposed to eat --- bland soup, crackers, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, fresh fruits, greens --- just comes shooting right back out. Often it's still recognizable as food :P
I seem to be holding my own on weight, maybe even losing a little bit more, but it's frankly not worth it. I'm tired of being sick after eating and it had better ease up when we leave on vacation. I'm going, whether or not my body cooperates. I need this, I need to get back out west. It's the only real way to give at least some of my systems a chance to recharge in the environment for which they were designed.
So I hope y'all will excuse me if I'm not around much. I'll see what I can do on the road, health permitting. We leave next Sunday. I haven't forgotten about you guys and I'm reading. I'm still doing everything I learned. I'm just not able to sit at a computer for very long. It's a rare day indeed when I don't need at least three or four hours' nap in the middle of the day even after I've slept a good ten hours the night before.