Bob the space cadet

April 7th, 2007

Do not believe anything Bob says, does or writes. . . .

With the various drugs that Bob is taking for pain and with his new munchie drug he seems to be on a perpetual high. Now I’m not saying this is a bad place to be, I’m just not used to it. I guess this is payback for the last 15 years when Bob has had to be my designated driver when I have over indulged in the grape!

This morning at 4:30 A.M. he got up, got dressed went downstairs, let Max out and set off the security alarm. If you have never been awaken by a horn with a siren going, you haven’t lived. This means the security company has to call and then you have to explain that everything is OK, you are just stupid and you forgot to turn the alarm off and what the secret code is. When I asked Bob why he was up, he said that it was 8:30 and he wasn’t tired anymore. He said this while he laid down on the couch and promptly went to sleep.

He is sleeping a lot (yesterday about 23 hours) and can’t seem to get his days straight. The good news is that when he is awake he eats. His cravings has been Mac and cheese and fruit salad. Very easy to provide. Paul and Annette came by today with lunch and he actually sat at the table and ate with us.

Have a Happy Easter and stay warm. I’m going to let Bob hide his own eggs and then let him hunt them down!! OK, I’m a terrible person!


1972 revisited

April 4th, 2007

Picture this scenario . . .

Went to doctor’s today to determine a new course of action that will keep Bob out of the hospital. First item on the list is that Bob lost 10 lbs. in a week.

No appetite and nausea.

Dr. “Have you ever smoked grass?”
Bob “Are you with the federal government?”
Dr. “No but I can give you something that will cause the munchies”
Bob “Can I smoke it?”
Dr. “No, its a pill called Marinol that’s a cannabinoid ”

So we get the prescription filled and these are the possible side effects: drowsiness, dizziness, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, clumbsiness, changes in behavior and mood, difficulty with memory etc. Does this sound like the 70’s or what?

Seriously, I’m taking the side effects from the Walgreens info! Now I ask you, besides alcohol what else causes these side effects??? Marijuana!, so yes, we have little round pills that must be kept in the refrigerator that contains THC. Haven’t had the munchies in a long time. This is a warning that if something is posted on this blog that makes no sense you know Bob is munching.

Lots of other things were discussed. He will not be starting chemo again, so chemo sabe is officially gone. Will stay on the blood thinners forever. Took some blood tests today to see if his red cell count is low and if it is low enough he will get another unit of blood tomorrow. This should help with the fatigue and shortness of breath.

And last but not least, Bob got a “cripple sticker” as he affectionately and politically incorrectly calls handicap stickers. So all he needs now is a tan Grand Marquis to hang it from and he is officially old.

Bob will be checking in tomorrow so stay tuned to see how the munchie medicine goes.


The Stork is Coming

April 2nd, 2007

I know a lot of you already know this, but for those of you that don’t,  Kelly and Ryan are expecting  around November, 6th.  They have been trying for quite some time and are overjoyed.

I am going to try as hard as I can to see this little bundle of joy. I don’t know how I feel about reincarnation but if I don’t make it until November nothing could be better than to come back as their child.  This for a number of reasons.  Not that I have any big paybacks, but a couple would be sort of fun.  I would have parents that like toys at least as much as I do, so I wouldn’t want for much.  Kelly said it would be wierd having my former wife for my grandmother.  It would be, and I know many of you are way ahead of us in the grandchildren department but I think having Sue for a grandmother would be hard to beat.

Anyway, enough of the reincarnation stuff. 

Had a good weekend from one prospective.  A very good friend of mine and his wife from KC came  to visit.  My brother bar-be-qued ribs and came over with his girl friend, his two sons, and my mother for a nice visit until I decided to make another hospital run.

I have really been feeling bad as of late so I am glad Sue has been keeping everyond up to date.  I am really exhausted again and am sleeping 12-14 hours a day.

I’ll talk to you all soon.


april fools day??

April 1st, 2007

Well we tried to make this an uneventful weekend, but we failed. Started off good, had some very nice visits with friends and family then all hell broke loose.

Saturday night about 6:30 p.m. with lots of family around Bob developed a fever of 102.5, chills, aches etc. so after calling the doctors’ exchange we made a trip to our favorite place. . . St. Lukes.

Stayed in the ER until 12:30 a.m., pumped him full of antibiotics and put him in a room for the night. Nice big private room, but fortunately after the fever broke and no infection was immediately found, they sent him home today.

He has slept 90% of the day in his recliner and I’m going to try and get him awake for the Cards game tonight. By the way I, yes me, gave him the blood thinner shot yesterday. I don’t want to think that was the reason for the ER trip, but you can’t rule anything out!

I hope this week is calm and he can get some strength back. Keep him in your prayers, please. More later.


i’m home, part II

March 29th, 2007

Nap is over,  gave myself my first shot couple of hours ago.  I am fairly well rested for now so I thought I would write another post.

 Kelly and Ryan were here this afternoon and evening to help Sue get me settled in.  Hopefully I’ll be home more than 5 days this time. 

Ryan moved my computer from “the cave” to our living room.  I now have a new work station.

After being in the hospital for a week  there is no way I can respond to all of your comments.  I really hate that because they were some of the best.  Glad Sue and Kelly kept everyone up-to-date on what was going on.  I will do a better job now that I am home.  It was really good to have the visitors that I had at St. Lukes.  It is amazing the part that you all played in the mental  healing process.  The people at St. Lukes were all fantastic as well.  The staff that I had couldn’t have been nicer.

My sister and brother-in-law came to town to see me from Springfield, VA and stayed at our house Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.   They brought my mother over from O’Fallon, IL  and she was here also when Sue and I had to blow out of here Friday morning.  It was very nice to see them.  Can’t say I was much of a host to leave them the way I did.  Sorry.

This post isn’t making a lot of sense to me so I think I will say bye for now.  Hospitals really have some good drugs. 

I’ll do another post real soon.