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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

Attacking Phase Three: Recovery

I ended eight days in the hospital Friday afternoon with good numbers, measured caution, and a bright outlook going forward. That’s a pretty big mouthful of happy thoughts but its the way I feel this Saturday morning. The good news … Continue reading

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Partying today like it’s 1999

So after posting that morbid selfie yesterday it’s all celebration today! The stem cell transplant process is all about the numbers during recovery and I  hit a real good one this morning. My whites were in the 600s yesterday, which … Continue reading

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Cancer’s barbaric burden to bear

  Trust me, posting this picture isn’t easy. I passed the vanity stage points of life several years back. I’m not fond of selfies. But the whole point is honestly. In the last three weeks I had white cells boosted … Continue reading

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Don’t freak out, I’ve covered that already

It’s 3 a.m. Thursday night and I’m lying in bed having had a fever running in the 101-plus range. I was admitted about 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening, following protocol that anything over 101 is dangerous. But this is different. I’m uncontrollably shaking..  … Continue reading

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Yuck – the downward slide begins

It’s a Tuesday afternoon, day after my stem cells were returned to my system, nauseated, diarrhea, no appetite, no energy and a long way to go. That’s a downer but also reality. And again, this is day one of the … Continue reading

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Troops are amassing at the border

I have completed five of six straight days of chemotherapy treatment as of this morning (Sat.) with one to go today. I’ve been pretty accurate in describing what was to happen through this tear-down and build up process,  but getting … Continue reading

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Chemo, Day 3: Resistance is futile

The reality of six straight days of chemo therapy sinks in as I settle into my reclining chair this morning (4/12). I had four chemo drugs in 2015 one day every three weeks, three times, then the same protocol three more times … Continue reading

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Advice: Lucy 5 cents, Cartman $1, Mine is free

My couple of days at home after my stem cell “harvest” Tuesday have been spent dealing with a few mild and odd side effects and mainly getting things ready for the real show which starts Monday.   The mild side … Continue reading

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Good news today: A bountiful harvest

My wToday was a day to make any farmer happy – or someone having stem cells harvested for an autologous stem cell transplant – that’s me. I pledged I was going to be more open in my blogging this time … Continue reading

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Cell count close enough, full speed ahead

Today was a big day in the stem cell transplant process. I received a booster to make my body make more white blood cells Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Today my blood was tested to check the potential harvest count and I … Continue reading

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