Amy and I met at the pool. She was coaching at Great Hills Country Club for Capital of Texas Aquatics. I was working at URS as an Engineer focused on air permitting for industrial clients and mercury removal for coal fired power plants. Sometime after that, we both left those jobs to race as...more
Already more than a month has passed since the last update here. This one is filed under "Life Gave Us a Lemon", but it could very well be a triathlon update. The days when I am able to focus more and be productive, I don't want to update as it pulls me away from what matters. The days that I'm...more
I was reminded not long ago, seems someone commonly does, that there had not been an update to the website about Amy's progress. It is a welcomed reminder since it is an indication that people are still following.
She's progressing well. They said the first year after transplant is...more
I started this one on Friday afternoon. But, Friday afternoon is the day that what might normally be 'big' news stories are published. By doing so that they are generally overlooked since the weekend is right around the corner. I think it is a thing, you could probably look it up, and if you...more
Once again, I find that weeks have passed without an update of any kind. Fact is, we're slowly getting back out into the world. The big crazy scary world. Yes, fear is a motivator of sorts, however real or however misguided it might be.
As we, more precisely Amy, go back out into the real...more
I'll start with the point of this post. "Thank You".
FaceBook wanted to give me my "2015 in Review". I know what my 2015 was like. I lived it. I tried to bring you all along with us. I don't know what 2016 will bring, but a part of me is really ready to get to 2016.
Things are going...more
There's so much that I could write here for the umpteenth time. Last week we went to see 'Straight Outta Compton'. Back in the day, you know 1991 or so, I didn't see'Boyz in the Hood' until it was out on video. It was a great movie. 'Straight Outta Compton' was also great, but this blog isn't...more
It's really more than a 'little' milestone. Today Amy's CVC was removed.
I also submitted my first non-triathlon and non-team-marsh blog article today for 'publication'. It was for a 2015 hunting preview. I had an inside track in that I know the editor. But I'll take it.
I went all week without writing. I wanted to write earlier in the week because it gets more views. Then, I though I'd write Friday, and I didn't. Things continue to go on the upswing for Amy. We are still avoiding people and crowds. The reality is, that isn't too much different than our lives...more
Another week passes, and we get a week closer to going back to Austin. Amy has passed the 1/2 way point in the post-SCT first 100 days. Day #57 to be exact. If we are able to pass the remaining days as we have these last several, we'll both be pretty happy. The days, for us have been kind of...more
A 2nd post for the week. "Doctor's Orders". The tweet below the text says it all...
For awhile now, Amy has had a rash develop that isn't uncommon in stem-cell transplant (SCT) patients. It's from "graft vs. host disease". I'll elaborate more next week.
Amy was told to make sure she...more
Overwhelmingly, the question has been "What can I (we) do to help?" We don't know for sure. What we do know is that this is a long journey that we are just starting. Long hospital stays, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantion are all part of it. And, there will be many other things come up...more
It is kind of a weird feeling to 'want' to go to the hospital, but that is kind of how it was last Friday when the nurse and pharmacist at the ambulatory treatment clinic (ATC) at MD Anderson told us we had a couple of days off.
Our July 4 Independence Day celebration would be the first...more
With my helium post from Friday, I figured I'd post some lighter reading. That ties the two posts together, but it might go over some of your heads.
A quick update for starters. Amy's counts are slowly climbing. "Hurry slowly" to quote one of our previous coaches. So far so good. We're...more