Hi all! Jeff here . . . I thought some of you might be interested in what I do every day while I'm down here in Houston. It's nothing exciting, but here's the routine:
Wake up around 7:30 or 8:00 a.m. Take a compazine and benadryl (my antinausea medications). Yes, your basic OTC Benadryl is one of my medications. It counteracts the side-effects of the compazine.
Start eating breakfast around 8:30. I have to wait a half hour for the antinausea meds to kick in before I can start eating. I usually have a couple glasses of juice, a banana, and my waffles. : )
During the morning I usually take a nap and maybe a shower. Showering is kind of a pain because I have to tape a large sheet of Saran Wrap over the Graschong catheter in my chest (that's the tubes that deliver the biochemo drugs). Yes, we literally tape a piece of Saran Wrap to my chest. It's a bit awkward and is why I don't shower every day. Well, that and the fact that I do nothing and so don't really get dirty.
I eat lunch around noon. I have been eating egg-and-bean burritos for lunch. They're filling and full of protein, so I figure they have to be good for me.
During the afternoon, we might head over to the computer lab, go to the grocery store, read the newspaper, or take another nap. I spend a lot of time laying on the couch during the day. That's the most comfortable position to be in.
At 4:00, we watch Take Home Chef on TLC. It's the one show that has become a must-watch (well, actually, the second show; we also watch American Idol religiously). If you've never seen Take Home Chef, it's worth a try. The chef is funny and he makes food that I would actually like to eat. Plus it's quite entertaining watching the women on the show fall all over themselves when the chef comes around.
I take another compazine and benadryl around 6:00 pm in preparation for dinner, then we eat about a half hour later. Right now, I'm able to eat almost anything I want so that's been nice. Tonight I think we'll have a four-bean chili.
At 7:00 pm we try to find something to watch on TV for the evening. Unfortunately, this is usually more difficult than it sounds. There just aren't that many great shows on TV. If we're lucky, we'll find a decent movie to watch. Otherwise, it's a lot of channel surfing until 9:00. Then we might watch King of Queens. I usually talk to the kids at this time of day, too. They'll call me or I'll call them and we'll talk about what's going on in their worlds. Jack always asks to do a "family quiz", which means I ask him a question like "who is your dad's mom?" and he has to tell me the name of the person. He's getting pretty good at it.
Bedtime usually comes at around 9:30. Then it's off to dreamland till the next day comes.
Like I said, it's nothing exciting but that gives you some indication of how I spend my days down here . . . and why I can't wait to get home!