Archive for January, 2016

Sketches during sleepless nights
January 18, 2016

The new year greeted me with a four-day stay (January 7-10) at the hospital. I was having difficulty breathing and was coughing heavily. It was also the week that I started on my chemo pills again.

I think my body was just stressed out with all the pain meds I have been taking, then I added the chemo to bear. As with any unscheduled hospital visit, I went home with more meds to take like inhaler, antibiotics, and steroids. Thank you for all the prayers and support you gave.

Sleep is hard to come by late and I end up with so many thoughts streaming though.

Hospital food.
Have you ever wonder why nobody comes out with 5 star rating for hospital food? No cooking shows on how to prepare hospital food or judges “you’ve been Chopped”.

Hospital food is the right kind of food we all should eat, low salt, low fat, and nutritious. But nobody likes it. Our taste buds have been trained to good food laden with enhancers and treats but not good. Think about it.

Quality time.
There was a time when I plan for the next family vacation or races to run. This was meant to spend time with your love ones. We live in a busy world and it is not getting slower. We have apps to manage our time and family designed to provide quality time.

Lately my quality time is limited to spending meaningful time with my wife and family. Seriously, I need not travel the world to have my quality time. It was an indulgence when my wife gave me a bath or when Ethan fed me once. I marveled at the experience and was struck by the simplicity of the moment. I am honored by your presence as well.


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Happy New Year 2016!

December 31, 2015

IIt will be over soon, 2015 that is.  I could not believe it that another year is about to close and a new just beginning.  I have been totally blessed in 2015.  Two memorable moments that stood out: The March trip to Jerusalem, where I ran a half-marathon),  and then to Rome where I saw the Pope.  Also there was the Alaska cruise last September which I totally enjoyed.  I go back.

The other half are those moments you wish to forget.  Life will not be complete without the other half.  It allows you to savor life and count your blessing.  November brought news that cancer had invaded my bones cause me grief and pain.  I have not been writing lately because I had to undergo radiation treatment for my left hip and cyberknife (it is not a dish or about cyber hacks) robotic surgery for my ribs and spine.  That’s done, so now I have to go back to chemo to welcome 2016.  Never ends.

All these moments are part of me.  There are times when I am in pain it can be a real character builder and then I see my wife, who diligently takes care of me, also friends and family praying for me which gives me confidence to continue.

Where I am not is hard and yet with all the hardships and pain I look at the good side of my predicament.

2016 is here with new opportunities to give thanks.  I had a good birthday and Christmas.  Our tree is still up devoid of presents but the memories linger.  My wife wants to take down the tree but it something I would like to savor for a little while longer.  The next chance is 350+ days away.  Gulp!

I am currently medicated for my rib pain.  No going out except for trips to doctor.  Enjoy time with family and Ethan.

Enjoy 2016.  Take care.




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