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Sunday, June 19th, 2011
4:13 pm
I haven't posted anything in awhile, because I'm getting a lot better. I've worked two full weeks in a row at work, and last week was my first since my surgery that I haven't had to take any breaks during the day due to either my brain turning to mush out of fatigue or experiencing some abdominal pain that was a warning to slow it down. So, I guess I'm officially back to normal. I was on one motorcycle or another four of the first six days last week, which is another indicator of "normalness". Still room for improvement, but from the outside I'm functional, anyway.

A theological note on the subject of "identity" has been brewing for some time, so this is your opportunity to run screaming if these things bother you. It was actually sparked by a sermon some weeks ago and nurtured by my own experiences and those of others I have heard about.

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
3:20 pm
Relay for Life
I got to be part of a really fun fundraiser for the American Cancer Society yesterday, "Relay for Life". I'm not typically big on fundraisers for big charities, because typically these things start out as a selfless man or woman with a vision and within two generations has an executive director making $350,000/year who has all his friends and relatives on the payroll as personal assistants. They just take on a life of their own.

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Thursday, May 19th, 2011
2:54 pm
TMI, By Request
There's at least one person with prostate cancer following this who requested some more specifics, so here we go. If discussion of catheters and related subjects offends you, feel free to skip this one. This one is for the guys who will have to go through this themselves.

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Saturday, May 14th, 2011
6:17 pm
Week Two
Just an update in case anybody is still following this.

My expectation was that I would take a week or so to get over this and things would be back to normal, kind of like getting over a cold or something. The reality is somewhat different.

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Friday, May 6th, 2011
6:34 pm
First Day Home
My first day home from the hospital has been a pretty good one.

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Thursday, May 5th, 2011
7:35 am
Still in the hospital
I was "inflated" for the surgery, and am having trouble letting it out. Other than that I feel 1000% better than I did last night. It doesn't hurt to breathe anymore and I think the fever and nausea have passed. I can get out of bed without feeling like I'm being stabbed repeatedly, which is a good thing. Hopefully this too will "pass" and I'll be able to get out of here today.
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
9:33 am
Man vs Machine
Greetings from Rex hospital. Just a note to let you know the surgery went well, and I should be going home today. More details later. The robot part was almost a letdown, because they put me put without warning and I didn't even really see it. One minute I was lying on the operating table and the next minute I was in recovery feeling like I had the worst need to pee I have ever had, because of the catheter. That was actually worse than the surgical pain, the overwhelming need to "go" and not being able to do anything about it.

Doing well now, though, because I have Sarah by my side.
Sunday, May 1st, 2011
3:56 pm
Last Normal Day . . .
Well, today's the last "normal" day I'll have for awhile, as my surgery is Tuesday.

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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
7:55 am
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I had a nice respite over the weekend.

Rachel and Isaac and the kids came over and we had a very exciting Easter egg hunt in our yard and a nice Saturday brunch. They are very good egg hunters.

I've had some rotting trim on a porch post for some time, and I wanted to get it taken care of before my surgery. Some friends loaned me a miter saw earlier and just "happened" to drop by on Saturday in case I needed anything. I got the old trim off and they offered advice on just how much of the existing caulk, etc., had to be removed. After a trip to the hardware store (just one!) I got the replacement trim up without too much trouble, even though it involved weird positions near the top of an 8' step ladder.

For me the exciting part was that I've had a shoulder injury (biceps tendonitis, actually) for over a year now, and it was a complete blessing to be able to work normally, hammering over my head, carrying the ladder and the saw, etc. It was a long work day, as I just got the trim up as it was getting dark, but it was fun having the saw set up in the driveway and cutting trim as though I actually had some idea what I was doing and looking like a man who actually had a real job, as opposed to herding bits and sending e-mail for a living.

I helped with parking at a Sunday Easter service downtown and was on my feet most of the morning. Not one bit of complaint from the other tendonitis, a hip problem gleaned from an "injury free running class". Out of respect for the neighbors I cut the grass on Sunday, which I would rather not have had to do on Easter Sunday, and not a bit of problem from either tendonitis. It was just beautiful to be physically normal for an entire weekend, the next to last before whatever "the new normal" turns out to be.

I went to see the surgeon and did a pre-checkin at the hospital yesterday. Everyone was very nice, and I'm ready to just get this over with. Six days and counting. I will be out of work for three to four weeks, which will be challenge, but it is what it is.
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
10:38 pm
12
Twelve days until my surgery, and it's beginning to get more real.

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Sunday, April 17th, 2011
7:37 am
7:32 am
Tuesday 12 Apr
Up in plenty of time to get packed and search out some tasty breakfast beverages.

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Saturday, April 16th, 2011
10:08 am
Monday 11 Apr
Our initial checkout day was supposed to be Sunday, but we were able to get another day just so we could enjoy a quiet Sunday to ourselves.

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9:13 am
Sunday 10 Apr
Nice quiet morning.

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Sunday, April 10th, 2011
7:41 pm
Saturday
We enjoyed the sunrise from the balcony of our condo and then went back to the breakfast place Sarah and I went to on Wednesday before heading back to the aquarium.
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7:21 pm
Friday
This was our full day together, and we made the most of it.

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7:16 pm
Thursday
Thursday was kind of a half-leisurely day, having time to ourselves in the morning and getting ready for the arrival of the grandchildren in the afternoon.

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7:13 pm
Wednesday
This was a nice ride day with Sarah.

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Thursday, April 7th, 2011
6:26 am
Tuesday
A storm was forecast on Tuesday (of the weather variety) and another on Thursday (the arrival of the grandchildren), so Tuesday seemed like a nice day to just hang out in the condo.

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6:17 am
Monday
Our little group split up on Monday, with three guys headed to Ocracoke on the ferry and two headed home due to impending thunderstorms.
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