Monday, February 24, 2014

Let's Get Ready to Ruuuuuuumble ...

Typing this from my hospital room; checked in around lunchtime today ahead of doing my chemotherapy tonight.  The drug of choice this evening will be Melphelan, which is categorized as a high-dose chemotherapy.  They do cryotherapy along with it as well, which is a fancy way of saying I chew on ice for 30 minutes before the infusion, during the hour-long infusion, and for 30 minutes after.  Apparently this significantly reduces the risk of developing the mouth sores common with this chemo regimen.

Said goodbye to Ariana today.  I think that will be the hardest part of this in most ways.  I can handle the pain, the illness (at least I believe strongly that I can) but missing her ... man, that's hard.  I was breaking up last night doing her bath and reading her a bedtime story as I realized it's the last time I get to do that in person until almost mid-March.  Seeing as how two nights is the longest I've ever been away from her this will be the true test of fortitude.

Jeff, my wife's step-father, got into town Saturday night.  He's so good with Ariana it's almost laughable and she loves him, so I know not only is she in good hands but that it will take a huge load off of Amy's shoulders.  We went to Fogo de Chao last night as a treat and a "last supper" sort of meal, which was awesome, and followed it up with a good breakfast this morning at Over Easy North.

Today I do a ton of testing so they can make sure I'm not infected with anything, and then off to chemo.  Wish me luck.


  1. Good luck friend! Thinking of you daily and sending you lots of good juju and virtual-no-germ-hugs.
    <3 Court

  2. Good luck Rich! I'm glad to hear you had a great day with Arianna and got in plenty of Daddy time before all this begins. Take care and I wish you and your family all the best through this time.

    1. Thanks Mark! Sending positive energy back at you guys as well, give the fam a hug from all of us!