If you recall when I first got into the hospital I wrote a blog Can Routines Really Set You Free? Little did I realize that getting back home would be a routine changer as well. Football legend Bear Bryant said, “It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.”
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“Happiness is a direction, not a place.” -Syndey J. Harris
Can you remember the anticipation of Christmas Eve when you were a child, or perhaps the joy and satisfaction of going to bed on Christmas night filled with contentment over all the gifts you received that day? I count myself fortunate to have lived in a middle class family where Christmas evening brought us just about everything we wished for each December 24th. It was hard falling asleep both Christmas Eve and then Christmas night in anticipation of what was to come and in complete joy in having received everything you expected. My mother and father were extremely good to us, both in listening to what we wanted and then making sure we received it.
Yesterday started with good news as I got my blood work done at St Luke’s Physician Clinic in Cedar Rapids, the numbers all came back well above the point where I need a transfusion. Then Dr. Hosne Begum stopped in to say, “You’re Amazing!” And then added, “And your wife is more amazing!” I’d handled the fever well and despite being diagnosed with pneumonia through a CAT scan I still feel very good.
Measuring results isn’t always easy. Let’s take my situation here in the hospital. The nurses, physicians and support team are all surprised and amazed at my health and attitude throughout my chemotherapy treatments. Beyond two short and slight fevers, plus a few rashes, and my hair loss I’ve had no real outward consequences from the chemotherapy. Yet never confuse efforts with results.