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.



Comment on March 8th, 2008.

Great to know you are having some good days. Hope they keep getting better – for a while anyway. Time you guys paid a visit to York again!! The weather is a little bit cooler (sometimes)!

Cuz Adamu

Comment on March 9th, 2008.

Busy, busy, busy. Are these mini-documentaries based on your current experiences? If so can I suggest the title of
“So you think you can Cam?”

Oooooh…..I just watched Sam Newman have his prostate removed. Feeling a little woozy.


Comment on March 12th, 2008.

Geez Adz, compared to what they show on The Footy Show, I thought Sammie’s procedure looked fairly tame!

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