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A blast from the past

Posted Oct 16 2009 10:04pm

As you might have guessed, after the requisite fiasco at the DMV, Caitlin is now a licensed driver. It was so surreal to see her round the corner last Wednesday with her behind the wheel and me standing dumbfounded in the middle of the road. I am so used to seeing her drive from the passenger seat with my right foot firmly planted on the imaginary brake. Now she can drive where and when she needs to and we don't need to schedule our lives around her chauffeur schedule.
Since she is now driving the Prius, I have been relegated to using my bike to get around.

I jest. Now I have the distinct pleasure to drive my BMW 325xi. I haven't really driven this car since my kids took it back to Utah for school two years ago. It is really fun to drive. But Caitlin has not yet learned to drive a manual transmission, so I am stuck with it.

Today I rode my bike 11.2 km (7 miles) only 88.8 km left before I am ready to ride a metric century. I have till October to train for this event. You can't imagine how wonderful it felt to be riding the Lincoln countryside on such a beautiful day. My muscle strength is starting to return so that I don't look so much like 'stick man'. Three weeks ago, Dr Arai, concerned that my pneumonia had not completely resolved, put me back on an anti-fungal called Vfend (more like offend). I immediately lost all energy. After two weeks of suffering, my labs came back showing anemia and moderate renal failure. My test for amyloidosis also worsened. I asked her if I could stop the drug since my follow up CT scan showed resolution of the pneumonia. She agreed. Within 24 hours I went from a 75 to an 83. It is hard when you realize that most of your symptoms are side-effects from the life saving drugs that you must take.

I visited my friend, Debbie, at Stanford yesterday. She is just now starting the BMT process and is in good spirits. it is my hope and prayer that she does well. Our parallel journeys continue.

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