Friday, August 17, 2007

My new "pirate" look

I'm doing amazingly well, considering what I've been through in the last couple of days. I'm sporting a new "Pirates of the Carribean" look. I feel very good - I am up and about, have lots of energy, and am very happy to be home. I feel basically normal: no pain, no weakness, no sign of mental deficits. (On the other hand, I don't seem to have improved mentally either...)

Basically, I am my normal self. I don't feel like an invalid, or a "patient," and I am looking forward to diving back into teaching and research.

Since the tumor is largely gone now (thank you, Dr. Fineman!), and the radiation and chemo will clean up the residual, I don't see any reason to think this thing is going to stop me. The t-shirt I am wearing is from our Mechanical Engineering Centennial Celebration, but now I have a new interpretation for the logo on the front ("ME 100"). I am interpreting it as my life expectancy...

I am very, very grateful to my loving family, caring friends and colleagues, and my "crack" medical team! You are all fantastic!


Dani said...

Thanks for starting up this blog, it will help keep us long distance relatives informed.

Praying for you and your family during this time.

Dave said...

Thank you Danielle!

Tim said...

I like the pirate look, but then I liked the mohawk too. Being, well, bald, I'm happy to let you have access to my considerable hat collection.

All the best to you and Frances and the kids.


Cheryl said...

You make me laugh everytime I read your blog! I love it! Laughter is great medicine, I sure hope you're getting your fair share.

I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.


Steve said...

Me thinks you needs a parrot and eye patch to go with the headpiece, ARGgh!!
A peg leg would probably be askin' too much, aye matey?

Glad to hear your feeling great and not ready to walk the plank. You're in our prayers.

Cousin Steve

Cheryl (Copper's Wife) said...

Hey! Jack Sparrow has nothing on you!!! I'm so glad you thought about starting up a blog to chronicle your journey through this. It's going to be great to be able to keep up with how things are going. Most of my family has been here before me, I see, but I'll echo their promises and will be praying for you myself.

J said...

All you need is black eyeliner(lots of black eyeliner) and the "walk".
Jo O

bakacres said...

Hey cuz!

So glad you're doing so well!

I'm glad to see you so confident, because we all are too. We see nothing but great things for your future!

Peggy says that there's a great place in Placerville that has do-rags. She'll keep an eye out for good ones for you!

Please know that we're all praying for you as well.

Rich, Peggy, Adrienne and Ben