Saturday, June 21, 2008

Summer Vacation...well, kind of.

Strangely enough, I feel pretty good right now and that's odd. The Saturdays following my last two chemo treatments were not pleasant. And, the symptoms seem to come and go without warning. By the time I finish this entry, I could be feeling quite lousy. Yesterday afternoon I was hit with a pretty unpleasant bout of nausea. I took am anit-nausea pill and fell asleep. I woke up feeling lousy, but not nauseous and hat was a plus.

On a different note, it sure was great to have the chemo pump removed yesterday, knowing I am not scheduled to receive any more chemotherapy until early September. I feel like I am on Summer Vacation...well, kind of. The weather is beautiful and the sound of the water flowing over the waterfall and through the creek is such a soothing sound. People sometimes ask if we even notice the sound of the water anymore, since we hear it every day. The answer is YES. Absolutely. It's an incredibly relaxing environment to be in and I am quite grateful to be blessed with it.

Today is the second day of the Ithaca Festival. This will be the second year in a row that I will not perform in the festival with my band or singing in a friends in his band. I always enjoy performing at the Ithaca Festival. Once I'm back on my feet, it will be nice to get back up on stage. And I am not in a rush. One thing I have learned in the last year is to do what ever it is my body tells me to do. And right now my body is saying, "Go soak in a hot tub." So that's what I'm going to do.


  1. Bert,

    I miss Ithaca Festival this year. I don't have the strength or stamina for the crowd, the heat, or all the walking... but I know it would be so healing to be there. I have been to the festival almost every year since 1988, when I attended my first Festival after I graduated from Ithaca College.

    Which I guess means that at some point I have heard you perform, probably, even though we have never met. :-)

    I hope you feel good more often than you feel bad today.

    Maria Brown

  2. Bert,

    Yep. The Ithaca Festival and your friends missed you. Perhaps the rain would not have missed you and the result would have been the same.

    "And so it goes."
    - K. Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

    I kidded you when the nurse said you would feel numbness and you asked what that would feel like.

    Maybe she should have said partial numbness, meaning the prolonged excruciating pins and needles of return from numbness. Ouch!