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Another update...

on May 7, 2009 - 9:00pm

Thanks everyone for your support... It means the most to me.


Talked to my dad tonight. He's feeling much better. It turned out it was his Diabetes causing the problem. He's supposed to be eating every 2 hours. Well yesterday, he went 5 hours w/o eating before his Chemo treatment.

Thus, his blood sugar levels were so low he was unable to test them. The combination of not eating & Chemo caused him to have a dizzy spell and the shakes along w/ making him extremely tired and feeling crummy (upset stomach).

While talking w/ him, I couldn't help but roll my eyes hearing this because this because this has become the new "regular" routine... Good/bad days. Some better, some worse than others. All I have to do is wait for the call and if it doesn't come, I call home to check in.

It's as if nothing phases me anymore when it comes to my dad. I mean, look at all he's been through... Skin, Tongue & Throat Cancer... Now, Lung Cancer along w/ a reocurrence of Throat Cancer. Skin & Tongue Cancer was surgically removed (2x). Round 1 of Throat Cancer was also surgically removed followed by intense Chemo & Radiation treatments. Now, it's round 2 of Throat Cancer along w/ Lung Cancer... Both being treated by Chemo. (This time around, my dad was diagnosed as having Terminal Cancer).

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on May 6, 2009 - 6:30pm

Talked w/ my mom this evening. The chemo treatment today made my dad sick. Talked w/ my dad and he has the shakes and had a dizzy spell earlier in the afternoon (which eventually passed). He was also extremely tired.

Hopefully, he'll be feeling better tomorrow.

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Day 4...

on May 6, 2009 - 6:22pm

Today is day 4 of my exercise program... Did the required 10-Minute exercise video (Pilates) followed by 30 minutes of step aerobics.

I did something else today... I ate tofu for the 1st time. And amazingly enough, it tasted pretty good (although I wouldn't necessarily eat it everyday).

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Another day...

on May 5, 2009 - 7:26pm

Today at work, a representative from the Board of Education's Higher Learning Commission was in the building all day accessing the Milwaukee branch of UIU... Reviewing all files (staff, faculty & student files), meeting w/ panels of faculty, staff and students, all the "higher ups", etc. Needless to say, everyone was walking around on pins & needles most of the day.

Today is Day 3 of my exercise program. Completed the required 10-minute exercise video for the day, did 20 (wall) push-ups, and a 1/2 cardio of my choice (I chose Pilates).

On a more personal note, my dad had a "close call" last week. His blood count s/b 240. Last Thursday when he went to the doctor for a Follow-Up (FU) Appointment, the count was down to 40... Not quite panic mode, but almost. So, he was scheduled for another blood test the following day (Friday) after being informed that if the count is 20 or below he would need a blood transfusion. Fortunate for him, his blood count went up 16 points overnight.

Since Chemo kills off blood cells, my dad's blood count is now being monitored more closely. Hopefully, he won't be needing any transfusions any time soon.

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A New Beginning...

on May 4, 2009 - 5:41pm

Sorry if I was MIA for awhile... I was hiding out w/ Josh in the Bermuda Triangle (lol -- j/k).


Two days ago (with the approval of the Neurologist), I joined a new 1 month exercise program cleverly called "Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Bootcamp".

DAY 1: Watched the required 10-minute Cardio Kickboxing video. After the video, I was so energized and motivated I then went for a 1/2 hour walk before going to a friend's house to help w/ some gardening.

Day 2: Started off my morning with 100 push-ups before breakfast. After a long, grueling day at work I went for a 1/2 hour walk to unwind. Sometime this evening, I'll be doing the required 10-minute video (tonight it's stretching).

Okay, so why am I doing this?
Well, last December I pinched a sensory nerve in my right thigh. Unsure which nerve or how severe the injury was, my doctor had me stop all excessive physical activity (spinning, aerobics, distance walking, slim training, etc.) until I saw the Neurologist.

In that time period (3 months), I gained 8 lbs. So, I'm striving to get back into shape.



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