Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Today Was a Good Day

Just wakin up in the mornin' gotta thank god.

I dont know but today seemed kinda odd.

No barkin' from the dog, no smog

and momma cookin' breakfast with no hog.



Neighbor Noey usually takes the kids to school in the morning. For some reason yesterday the chickenhawk took the kids instead. I usually wait for her to come get me up and help me get dressed. Not yesterday. I got up on my own and dressed all by myself. (big deal.)



I was ready for breakfast by the time she got back. Had a nice plate of potatoes and eggs and decided that today was the day. I made my first voluntary trip out of the house since being diagnosed. It has been a quite week; no trips to the doctors offices. or reasons to go out so I made one up. The c/h was good enough to cart my ass out to the supermarket. I hobbled in to the front door and found the loaner lark. You know the little battery operated go-kart that the old folks use to get around the store. It was great. I haven't been able to drive since February so it felt really good to go faster than a walk while also doing the driving.



We bought about $100 worth of beverages. Since I started treatment everything tastes weird or bad, especially water, so I am in a constant search for something to drink that tastes good. So I bought all kinds of juices and teas and stuff. It was great making my own decisions instead of asking someone to go to the store for me and buy something that I am trying to describe. It was great. We picked up our youngest one from pre-school on the way home.



When we got home I was toast. I layed down in the bedroom for a couple of hours but never really slept. I got up around 3 feeling refreshed and hung out with the kids for a while. We watched an episode of the Deadliest Catch a DVD that we borrowed from Scooter. I took another break before dinner and came out feeling ready to get my grub on.

Monday is my night to take dexamethasone. It is an awful drug that usually rips my stomach to shreds. I tried a new strategy last night. We were eating burritos and I buried the drug deep in a big meal of refried beans, rice gauc and cheese. It really seemed to work I never felt very sick from the drug. What a releif.

I've been reading a cycling murder mystery called Two Wheels by Greg Moody. It was in a big box of books that Ray lent me. It is great escapist fun for me to read about some fictional American bike racer in Europe. So that kept me entertained while the C/H rustled the kids through the evening routine. Afterwards we watched about an hour of The God Father, we have the box set of the series that was loaned to us by Bill.
So that is a picture of a day in the life. The big difference is that I felt really good all day. I'll take it.

11 comments:

ronaldo said...

Right on Spence!Great to hear about your awesome day. Yesterday (monday)you were in my thoughts all day. I got to listen to Randy Pausch's podcasts while I painted. Really inspiring and fun. Thanks for recommending it. I also listened to a Jack Johnson interview and one of Jib's podcast with wal mart on sustainability. Dreams, living life, not wasting time, possibilities and making a difference. Cool to hear the life changing experience of a musician having kids. They all made me think of you. Each day your outlook on this event is very positive and empowering. Great to hear that yesterday you felt lifted. 2,500 miles away I also felt lifted and felt that it was a special day. At the end of an 8 hour painting day, I felt strangely good and went for a 45 minute run. You and your life as I know it and remember it in Coloma, weaved in and out of my thoughts. Good thoughts, great vibe, go Spence!
On another topic, of all the years I've known you and Sarah, I have no clue why she is the chicken hawk! I know Sarah as Sarah! What's the story behind the name chicken hawk?
Wishing you another great day! Aloha!

Anonymous said...

Any post the quotes Ice Cube is a good post to me. Glad to hear you are feeling good. I am just happy to hear you didn't have to use your AK :-).

Cheers
Matt B

Judy said...

Spence,
My Mom makes a yummy drink. It's half pineapple juice, half pink grapefruit and a couple of splashes of seltzer water for a tiny bit of fiz. It's really good. Mild. Try it.
Judy

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that you had a good day. I hope you have more good days than bad days from here on out.

Tina C.

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that you had a good day. I hope you have more good days than bad days from here on out.

Tina C.

Judi said...

Ice Cube is the man! I love old school rap Spencer!

Glad you had a good day. That makes me happy.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your excellent post on your remarkable day. "Errands" never seemed so special until you told them from your unique perspective. Thanks, Spencer, and here's hoping for many, many more just like this one.

Stay strong,
-Barb

Anonymous said...

yaaaaaahooooooooooo!

that's all

tyler

Tourmaline OTC said...

Coloma coolers anyone?

bikesgonewild said...

...ok, spencer...none of yer local friends wanted to deal w/ this, so it fell to me...

...it seems the supermarket you & chickenhawk visited, called about yer erratic & compulsively fast driving habits, while on their provided in-store scooter...
...there was mention of yer loud "yahoo"-ing which scared little old ladies who were tryin' ta shop...
...there was talk of you using the "clean-up in aisle 7 " as a power-slide skid pad which caused the lovely ramona, quite frankly to pee herself, while she tried to clean up...
...the mention of you slaloming through the cans in aisle 4, that you dislodged on yer previous 'lap' didn't go over big...
...yer 'bump drafting' of 86 year old mr swensen on his in-store scooter was definitely not appreciated by management or mrs swensen, who can't get the ol' guy to settle down since you crashed him into the cheese pyramid...she wants to sue...he wants a rematch...
...i'll even hold off on the details of the "finish line" incident through the checkout line lest i cause you any undue embarrassment but miz johnson is concerned that now everyone in the valley knows she wears black n' white checkered undies...
...but a victory lap !!!...jeezus, spencer, what were you thinkin' ???...

...anyway, in short, please be informed that during any further use of the in-store scooters, management will provide you w/ an elderly 'greeter' who must proceed in front you waving a red flag...a common practice during the advent of the motorcar, so as not to scare horses & pedestrians...
...so...glad i could 'help out' the care team by bringing this to yer attention & hey, next time maybe keep me informed if you need a pit crew...
...just sayin'...

Tourmaline OTC said...

Yeah BGW!