The last 48 hours have been out of the ordinary, to say the least.
Wacky Weather. Everyone is dealing with it (outside of you Southwesterners). It’s colder in Chapel Hill right now than it is in Anchorage, Alaska. Wha? For those of you out there that think this is normal or is just a pattern, it’s not. But I’m staying off my climate change soapbox today. This cold simply is not for me. I’ve lost about 8 lbs since this started, and ya’ll know I don’t have much to spare. Hunkered down till things get back above 45. It’s gonna be bacon and milkshakes and fries when this is all over.
A trip to Hansbrough Indoor stadium (also known as Cameron) for college sports best rivalry game – UNC vs Duke hoops. I mustered up enough energy, and courage, a few nights ago to take up an offer from my longtime friend, and old roommate, Daniel. Last time we did this was 1996. Outside of the final score, could not have picked a better game to go to. An overtime (free basketball as some of us like to call it) thriller. I brought about as much mojo and one dude can bring, particularly sending it down to the Heels in the second half. But then something weird happened with 4 minutes remaining. It was like a force field was blocking the good Heel juju and mojo from the court. I’m not sure who was responsible for this, but have a good idea. LAETTNER. He was in the building. He sold his soul to the Devils Mojo back in 1992 when he hit that prayer vs. Kentucky. He must have some type of super power that he can use every decade or so to make miracles happen in his favor. That’s my take. Damnit Laettner!! Huge thanks to Daniel for taking me, and for the sweet DEAN shirt. Was a very cool tribute to Coach Smith prior to the game and I was happy to be a part of it.
Two down…round 2 in “my chair”. Was back at it yesterday at the Lineberger Center, this time joined by two other long time friends, Robert and Marc. They joined in on the fun from beginning to end and it was great having them there. We were twice asked if we were all brothers, as we were decked in black and all use the same hair stylist. Lots of goofy comments and jokes whenever this happens. We had the docs an nurses laughing/smiling, which lightened things up. College buddy Pat showed up just as I was finishing, and I was so anxious to leave I forgot to get a pic with him too. Bernie, RG and Pat Ho – big thanks for the support fellas! These guys, like many others, have been amazing since day 1 and I can’t thank them enough.
Quick medical notes: My tumor is not near as painful, which means the chemo is working and it has reduced in size. This is good. I got a drip of nausea medicine that will hopefully have me feeling a bit better this time. My white blood cell count is already low, which is natural, especially with the Carboplatin chemo I am receiving. Will get a CT scan in 3 weeks to get a new measurement of that tumor and see if the other little spots are hopefully gone. March 12 is round 3. Game On.