Been a while!

Ok! So it’s been a little over a week since my last update. The reason for this is basically because I have been incredibly lazy and tired since I’ve been hooked up on this first round of chemo. Poor excuse I know, but hey, that’s all I’ve got!

Today marked the 8 day point in my first of THREE final rounds of chemo. That’s right, I said three. Doctor Rosen decided to do three rounds after I recovered from my surgery despite the fact that he had previously said two — he tends to go by his gut and experience and I have no reason to doubt the positive results that he has achieved over the years. While I was obviously less than thrilled about it, we’re gearing up for three rounds! The good news (as I see it anyway) is that my neutrophil count has tanked in the past few days and we are going to end my first round early!!! They are going to disconnect me from my super cool chemo backpack on Thursday. Obviously I guess that isn’t good news, but man, to be perfectly honest, I have a tough time seeing it as anything but! Haha. I cannot express what a pain it is to always have this bag connected by a short leash of tubing going directly into my chest. Oh, and being sick and exhausted on chemo isn’t fun either…

Either way, round five is coming up and I am excited! Two more rounds until I am heading back to Atlanta! I think what I have come to realize is that I really miss everyday normal life. Just being able to go out and throw the frisbee or sit out on a patio and have a margarita. Little things that are so commonplace that you never really think about them really stand out and I can’t wait to get back to them. I think that having your life momentarily on hold lets you see how much you enjoy the things that fill your time each day. At least I’ve got my ukulele here…. Haha.

Here is a hilarious list that my girlfriend sent me today. Quite a few of these made me laugh out loud. Enjoy!

Truths For Mature Human —

1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blu-Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.

13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this – ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

20. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.

21. Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 over-loaded plastic bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate bicyclists.

31. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

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8 Responses to Been a while!

  1. Lee Cross, MD says:

    My favorite is number 1. That’a what real friends are for.

  2. Zona Trahan says:

    #7 directions from house, #13 exit Word, #19 Miller light these three I can completely relate to. Just yesterday I was getting Mapquest on my blackberry for an appointment and as I was scrolling down (being a bit late) I screamed at the phone “really, like I don’t know how to get out of my neighborhood”!

    So Rob, I can only imagine how you may have felt a bit of relief after deciding on your surgery direction, then thinking “it won’t be long until I can get back to my life in Atlanta” only to have to start chemo instead. Maybe you should scream at your phone or your port or whatever you want to scream at. It’s OK, you have certainly earned a scream (maybe into your pillow so the neighbors don’t call the cops). After you scream, grab that Miller Lite or Margarita and put on the movie The gods must be crazy – and laugh out loud again!!!

  3. Ashley Staker says:

    ha! glad you enjoyed this! thought it might be a hit.

  4. Carol Hoover says:

    Hooray, Ashley!! This was just what I needed!!

    Hang in there, Rob!! You are still my hero.

  5. peggy redfern says:

    Great list, Ashley.

    It’s great to see an entry from you, Rob. I’ve been looking every day.

    Can’t wait for you to get back to Atlanta. Won’t be too much longer.

    I agree with Carol, you’re my hero!

  6. joseph connor says:

    ROB hi this is JOE your roommate in nyu.i just want to say hi and hope your doing well you better after that long fight you had. i know you are and am glad that your almost out of the woods. and dont worry when your all done with this you could drink all you want.and have one for me.iam doing alot better thank god no more pain ,well feel better ROB hope all as well . and tell your family me and my family said HI.ill keep in touch to see how your coming along .thank you JOE

  7. Kim Hershfeld says:

    Hey Rob, Just getting ready to make “nilla” banana pudding. Jim and I thought you described it so well in your blog, we should try it. We’ll be thinking of you as we enjoy. Hope you are feeling better and enjoying “almost springtime” weather.

  8. Carol Hoover says:

    Hey, Rob! Just got in from lunch with your Mema and Aunt Joan. I told them to be sure and tell you that Chic-fil-a has a great new milkshake flavor for spring that is sure to go straight to the top of your Favorite Things list. It is Banana Pudding and it is marvelous…just as good as their peach flavored ones in the summer. Just one more thing to look forward to when you get home!
    Carol

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