New Day

Posted on March 6th, 2008 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

I am still getting surprised at how things can change so quickly. The last few days have been very tiring and my body has been quite fatigued. It feels as if I had done some strenuous exercise a few days before and the all-over muscle soreness had set in.

Today I woke up and I was fine, probably feeling the best for months physically speaking. I went to the gym this morning and felt great. I am now using the rowing machine, peck deck, cross-trainer, exercise bike, and doing some pull-downs. Considering only about three weeks ago I couldn’t walk around the oval, it is paying off. The research that is coming out in regards to pre and post-treatment exercise is impressive.

The goal is to get as fit and strong as I can before my high-dose chemo in April and subsequent stem-cell transplant. I know the stronger I can get the more effective recovery can be, so it is a bit of a focus for me at the moment. I was able to break out into a bit of a staggered jog up a hill today for about 10-15 meters. Mentally I am ready for more, but it is going to take my physical being a bit longer.

I am still not really sure how my bones are going. I think I did a bit of damage to a rib during the week in my sleep. It isn’t broken, but it is just painful again. I need to have tests before I can get back into something like running.

It was Zometa day today, which is the monthly infusion that I have to maintain bone density. The process itself is fine, only taking about 30-45 mins all up and a simple drip in the arm. It is a process that will now be a monthly routine for the rest of my life, or at least until they find a way to make my bones turn to steel.

The rest of the day was spent catching up with a friend who Elizabeth used to work with and with whom I went through radiotherapy with. I will talk more about her in the future as she deals with issues far more pressing than mine. In many respects, I have it good.

And it is back to work tomorrow. An education project I am working on has been moving forward over the week and some silver orders need to be churned out. I am working on some mini-documentaries also, getting as much footage as I can before high-dose so that I can edit them down while in recovery mode. It is good to have hobbies.

Incidentally, one thing I am constantly reminded of is how fortunate I have been to teach some amazing students. It is a strange feeling when the little people of yesteryear who used to fill a classroom or community hall have become such a real support. My ex-students have been amazing with such support over this time. They have obviously forgotten about being kept in for detention.


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