Day Two

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Last night was tough. I was surprised by how quickly I felt the effects of chemo. Nausea came on, but the meds helped. Lost some appetite too, but today I’m feeling better.

Got the chemo running now, been here since 8:30 so another long day, but should be done soon! Met an interesting character today. He was receiving chemo next to me, in his fifties, and he has terminal cancer. He had this tidbit of wisdom to share: “Every day is a gift from God…as long as you’re gettin’ laid.”

Three more full days to go, before I get a break. Though I’m told week two is tougher. Between all the water they tell me to drink and the fluids they give me through the IV, I’ve never peed so much in my life! I’m pretty sure I could just start bottling and selling it as water. But I won’t…

Thank you all for the wonderful comments, by the way, I read them as they come in and they always put a smile on my face and give me a boost of good energy 🙂

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Author: John Abdulla

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  1. I really appreciate you not bottling your pee and selling it as water.

    The gentleman in his fifties is a wise man, although I'm not entirely surely Patty would agree with him! I can see her face now…

    Just know, John, that I think of you every day and can't imagine what you're going through and what that treatment is like, but that I respect to hell out of you for it. Ubuntu.

  2. Actually, some cultures drink pee. I mean, it's sterile, warm, and well, it looks like lemonade.

    I remember a nurse from the Philipines had a funny trick. She would teach young nurses that to test for sugar in the urine (diabetics) they didn't have the instruments and had to rely on taste. She would go to the fridge, pull out a "sample" and show us: "4+" sugar!!

    OMG! She was right! Only the "in-crowd" knew: it was apple juice. I think you have some real possibilities here John. I'm sure you can think of some way to pull the leg of some new nursing student 🙂

  3. John,
    You truly are inspiring! I am truly blessed to know you. Ever since I have known you, you have been leading by example, and this is yet another example of the type of person you are. You have never once asked why this had to happen to you, instead, you have looked at the positive side of the situation and have reminded all of us that you are you ing to take this in stride and come out even stronger than before. you truly bring out the best in everyone who has had the great chance to meet you. And for that, thank you. Keep pushing foward and remember that you were the driving force behind all of us in showing everyone that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
    I completely agree with Sam, if only we could of seen Patty's face when she had heard about that guys comment. We all know it would of been priceless.
    Also don't think that just because of this that you are going to skip out on that cookout that I told you all that I am going to have later this summer! And yes there will be bacon too!. Thank you for keeping us all up to date with how you are doing, it is truly reassuring, knowing how you are.


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