Monday, March 12, 2007

Chemo #4

I don’t think anything feels as good as a long hot shower after a couple days of sponge baths. When I have chemo I have to wear a metering pump that pumps one of the ingredients in over a 48 hour period. Needless to say, showering is difficult with a pump in a fanny pack.

My fourth session of chemo went real well. In preparation, on Thursday we had a great dinner and visit with Paul and Vicki who are on assignment in Hong Kong. Paul and I worked very closely together for about 6 years building stuff for ExxonMobil. It was great to see them. On Friday morning before heading downtown, I went out with my friend, Charlie, for a cruise in Galveston Bay. The weather was perfect and the bay was calm. What a great way to start my day.

No bad side effects from chemo (again). Felt better on Saturday than I did on Sunday. I think it’s the residual effect of some of the meds they give me along with the chemo drugs. Sunday was a little slower but I did get to church and the kids came over for dinner. In between, I mostly slept. I really look forward to having the kids over for dinner – it’s every Dad’s dream.

We’re flying to California on Wednesday morning. I’m not sure what will happen to the blog but I will try to make some entries at the local internet café (if they have one). We’ll be back in town on the 21st of March for a cat scan and another round of chemo on the 26th. Chemo has been shifted to Monday so that I can enjoy the weekends with my kids.

Stay tuned and don’t worry if you don’t hear from me for a while. I’ll update the blog on my return if I can’t do it while we’re out there.

One day at a time – piece of cake.


rindy said...

i am so happy that you are able to travel....and be with your family and friends....please take photos, take notes and come home refreshed and full of new memories! they are what keep us strong.

love you

Anonymous said...

Bob -
You are just awesome!! I'm amazed at how well you are doing. You are really taking control of the cancer.

Have a great time in California!! Keep up with the blog so we know how you are doing.

Eat some fabulous meals for me - Jane (Ebone)

Anonymous said...

Bob - sorry I didn't get a chance to say hi at church. Glad to hear you are doing well. Have a great trip! Ditto on Jane's comment about the meals.


Anonymous said...

A trip - yeah!! That should refresh your soul and be a nice break from all that's been going on. Have fun in Cali & we look forward to hearing more positive news. We think of you often and wish you well in all senses of the word. Take care & safe travels! Love, Suzie & Michael

Anonymous said...

Dear Bob and Verva,

This is Mike and Van, HOANG - your old next door neighbour on Lofty Mountain. How we got here, is from Chris who gave us this web address.

After reading all the entries and up to this latest one, we are very happy to hear you are doing well and in control with the treatment.

Please be strong and have a great time in California. We know, you always look forward to a trip in California to see your family members.

Again have fun and a safe trip. We look forward to hear your trip report, when you get back here.

Hello Verva!

All the best,
Mike and Van

Wayne Thompson said...

Hi Cousin,
Maybe I can work my way North this week. I want to give you two a hug!

Wayne Thompson said...

Hi Cousin!
Maybe I can work my way North this week and give you two a hug. I'll be in touch.


Wayne Thompson said...


This seems to send comments even when the first efforts appear to fall into a black hole. More comments for you, hey...


Anonymous said...

Bob ..... Glad to hear things are going well for you. Glad to see you you will get to spend some time in California ...... wish we were going with you. Hopefully you regaining your taste for wine. Bertha is in Mexico right now with her mom visiting her hometown. We'll be going to Tucson for Easter .... we'll try to work in a trip to Houston sometime in the next few months to visit with you and Verva. Have fun and be safe! .... Mike E.

John L said...


I am amazed at your attitude and how well you are doing. You have been in my thoughts and just today Rolando directed me to your blog. I'm glad to see that you are doing so well and I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. Have fun on your trip!

John LeBlanc