No toasts to my recovery for four months

I’m slipping a bit on weekly updates but that should mean the news is good – and for the most part, that would be an accurate assessment.

The past week remained a roller coaster of recovery but with good signs the past few days. I decided to challenge myself over the weekend and made back-to-back trips to Indy on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s trip was a lunch meeting and I handled it well. I traveled back to Indy Saturday to visit the Vintage Indiana Wine Fest, on a much warmer day, and it took something out of me. Sunday, I felt great. Monday, I was totally shut down.

That is good of an illustration as I can offer to explain why I call it a roller coaster. But the summary is I’m making progress. I am scheduled to return to work in less than three weeks – June 26. The conundrum I’m facing is creating all sorts of activity to restore my stamina and energy to return to a job where I sit in front of a computer all day.



No booze for four months! Sad news, indeed!!!!!

On other fronts, I have lost 24 pounds through the procedure and would like to lose more with better eating habits and more exercise. The doctor approved. I’m taking three antibiotics that have little to no effect on me but one is centered on my liver. Aaa-oh! That means I can’t resume my wine drinking. A sip here and there is okay but it looks like I’ll be on the wagon through the end of September – at least.


For every setback (in my mind) there is a silver lining. Not drinking wine has to help my efforts to lose weight.

I’m waiting for my optometrist to get my new lenses back from lab. That’s another work worry. My vision has been bad for 4-5 years and I’m on my second doctor trying to correct it. Sitting in front of that computer all day is tough – with blurred vision it’s a nightmare. If this doesn’t work – it might be time to seek out a specialist.

The big news of the week is I’m having a PET scan Thursday – which I didn’t know until this morning. I have those done on Indy’s north side. The PET scan should show me absolutely free of cancer – considering they took my white cell count down to 10 during the autologous stem cell transplant procedure. Frankly if a spot shows up, it would be a terrible set back – at least psychologically.

But I have confidence in the team of doctors which took care of me and the procedure I’ve learned so much about.

A few folks have asked about post-treatment. After a transplant doctors would order some sort of maintenance program in year’s past. That often included an immunity drug or a light chemo regimen. The latest research-based approach, according to my lead doctor, is a “wait and watch” process. That means I’ll see my doctors more often and be tested more often. The results of wait and watch are apparently just as effective as subjecting the patient to “preventative treatment.”

By increased monitoring the theory is they find a smaller reoccurrence it can be dealt with in less intrusive fashion. It made sense to me.


About Howard

After most of my career in the newspaper business I joined higher education, working in Public Affairs. I write mostly about value wine. I have now taken early retirement and work part-time in a small boutique, retail wine shop in Indianapolis
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