Friday, October 9, 2009

Progress

The last couple of days have been pretty good. Physically there are more and more small improvements every day. I haven't used my feeding tube for three days now and I am taking all my food in by mouth. Most of it is still liquid (soups, boost) but after using the feeding tube for 6 weeks I am pleased about that change. I am also slowly experimenting with some more 'mushy' foods like cream of wheat and yogurts, etc. My physical strength is also getting better. I am either walking or stationary biking for one hour every day and I do feel that that makes a difference in my day. I feel less tired and overall better about myself. My mental stage is still a struggle at times. There is some improvement over the previous week that is noticeable. Overall it is getting a bit easier to get through a day.
Some of my interests are coming back as well. After 2 months I picked up my guitar again for a bit. I dropped by work on Wednesday and I am planning to do that more regularly this coming week. I really enjoy visiting with people. Hopefully I'll be able to play some board games soon.
Peter took me out for some Sushi on Wednesday evening. Even though I had mostly soup it felt good to be out for a bit like a 'normal' person. Angela and I also went to see a show at MTC last night. It was the first time in months that I was among a crowd.
My daily fear is still there and I think I'll just have to learn to live with that. Until the scan at the end of October there is really nothing I can do about that.

9 comments:

kevin Aichele said...

Awesome! You'll be back to normal soon!

Love You.

Laura said...

Very welcome post Olaf. Glad to hear your gradual improvement is accelerating. Especially the feeding tube. Look how much things have changed just since my visit last week. How exciting.

Richard said...

YAY!!!! And SO great to speak with you yesterday! Loved hearing your voice again and knowing that you were on the mend. I guardedly rejoice in the progress and am, as always, keeping good thoughts and sending my always love to you!!
Richard

gina said...

What a different kind of week you have had - I am so happy for you, Olaf! I hope you and Ange have wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

Wendy Broadfoot said...

Such great news that every day is bringing new accomplishments. Your blog made me smile this time, an improvement for me, since I only ever felt sad and worried. You should be so proud of yourself, for all that you are doing and take each day as a gift!
I just want to come over and give you a big hug!!! (so consider yourself hugged----CYH)

Wendy Broadfoot said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and your wife, family and friends--have a wonderful weekend.

Steve said...

Hello, Olaf. We don't know each other, but I've been keeping you in my thoughts since our mutual friend Laura told me about you. I think you're very courageous and obviously determined to beat your cancer. I hope the rest of the month goes well in anticipation of your scan and hope to meet you soon.

Laura said...

Today I am thankful for your progress. Thankful you're feeling a little bit better. Thankful to call you my friend.

Nolan said...

Glad to hear that there are more good days. I thought a lot about you while I was away and hated not being able to access the blog out there to find out how you were doing.

Miss you. Hope to see you at work.