Tuesday, August 26, 2014

And the results are.............

NOT what I wanted! The word progression usually means something good. But in my case it's not.

While the cancer in the lung appears stable there is progression in the liver and the bones. It will mean a change in the chemo protocol but at this stage I am not sure what plan B is yet. I will still go to the "spa" on Friday but will not get the Alimta and the Avastin. Only the Zometa which is a bone strengthening drug.

I am getting in touch with all my consultant doctors and I'm sure a plan B will be formulated. I'm feeling ok but obviously a bit disappointed. Also a bit afraid of the new unknown.

Carpe Diem.

Scan day

Oh joy. PET scan this morning and then hurry up and wait for the results.

Then off to the Spa (chemo) on Friday. What a lovely week.

Carpe Diem.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

One very content and happy man

At dinner with Diana, Rob and Mike. Yes, that is Tiramisu cake.

I want to thank each and everyone of you who wished me happy birthday. Screw you if you forgot or didn't care  I have tried to personally reply to all of you. If i missed you I am truly sorry. As I said before, I kind of like getting older because the alternative sucks. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your love and support these past few years. Need I say more?

Carpe Diem.

My birthday wish

OK, so you are not supposed to tell anyone about the wish you made or it won't come true but here goes anyway.

I ask everyone that wishes me a happy birthday today to please do a stranger a small favor. Or do something or anything good today. Not in my name or anyone's name.

I count my blessings every day and am happy to "age" and celebrate my birthdays for obvious reasons.

Carpe Diem.

P.S. The picture is my daily reminder.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back from Zim to my reality

What a wonderful and fruitful trip back to Zim. Got to see and spend time with so many good friends and was able to accomplish a lot of positive things. The proof is in the Facebook picture albums.

Carpe Diem

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Chemo 7 (Round 9) and off to Zimbabwe

All went relatively smoothly but things seemed to take forever. The protein in my urine was "normal" this time. Go figure. So I was able to get all the poisons.

My vitals were ok. The blood work was ok. But my weight is down again. I think I may have cancer :-) I know that I have to eat more frequently and hopefully they will fatten me up in Zimbabwe. How ironic that I have to go to Zim to fatten up.

I'm looking forward to this trip. I have lots of small projects that I am involved in as well as my continued support for Zimkids. I am taking two suitcases full of medical stuff, gifts and clothing.

I will of course be visiting Vic Falls with some of my very close friends. I know that will be a special time. Needless to say, I will be also spending a couple of days doing my favorite thing. Time in the bush with the animals.

So now I sit in the lounge waiting for my flight to be announced and a 17 hour flight to enjoy.

Carpe Diem.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Chemo 6 (Round 9)

I'm at the "Spa" again today. Not one of my finer visits! 

My weight is down slightly, my blood pressure is a tad high and the protein in my urine is high. So, I will not be getting the Avastin this round but I will be getting the Alimta. 

I’m generally feeling fine so what the…….? 

Carpe Diem.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

World Cup day

The weather was fantastic so we went to copacabana beach in the morning! The beach wasbeautiful and not too crowded and the weather was perfect! The waves were massive and    the water was a bit cold so we didn't do much (any) swimming. The "views" were fantastic (wink   wink). We tried the famous beach drink Caipirinha. Absolutely gross!

Then we headed down early to the Maracanã. The metro was offering free trips. The           stadium looked beautiful. Our seats were at the very top but the view was fantastic. An        exciting game that was very tense, with a lot of missed chances. We were ecstatic when    Mario Gotze scored and were biting our nails off for the remaining 5-10 minutes! Very glad   to see the Germans lift the trophy! Did I mention that the Argy fans were vile!!!

Carpe Diem.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Rio.......day 1 and 2

We got into Rio early Friday morning. Our host Marques picked us up at the airport and drove us to the apartment in Copacabana where we were staying. Literally two blocks from the beach. We had a nap before heading out for our favela tour at 2:00. We were in a group with about 10 others. Our guide and driver were from the favelas. We got to see 2 different ones. The first was Rocinha which is the biggest in Rio. The second was much smaller.

We ate dinner at a churrascaria. The picaña was fantastic and a serious overdose of meat was consumed!

Saturday we went in the morning up Corocovado mountain to see Christ the Redeemer. It was raining in the morning and a bit cloudy when we got up there. When the clouds lifted the views were fantastic! In the afternoon we went to see Sugar Loaf mountain. The line was really really long but we did make it up to the very top in time to see the sunset. We had some very cool views of Rio at night and it looked beautiful. You could catch a glimpse of the redeemer statue that was lit green and yellow for Brazils match tonight. We were able to catch the end of the match at a restaurant. Each restaurant was packed with people watching the match.

Sunday is the big one! We will have nice weather so were going to Copacabana beach in the morning before heading to the Maracanã to watch the final!

Carpe Diem.