2/12/18 Houston as the Gathering Place

It was just a simple Facebook post about being in Houston for my two month checkup. It was followed by a message from Tennessee’s husband, Sam. “We are here and would like to meet up if we can,” Sam wrote. That stopped me in my tracks. Tennessee and Sam and I have been Facebook friends…

10/25/16 Pressing On

I have worked for eight straight days and am just about to be nothing more than a flash in the pan. Everything we start out to do that should be easy and quick turns into something akin to a quagmire of mud in which you bog down, making progress as if swimming in a pool…

8/28/16 Mourning and August Malaise

Several of you have e-mailed me since my hiatus from FaceBook, wondering if I am OK since I have not posted to my blog in a while. I am making it, me and this ruxolitinib, making it in spite of the August torpor, miasma, and malaise that strikes Mississippi every year. August is the most…

5/19/15 The List Needs Some Help

In an earlier blog post, I discussed the list. Lots of folks want to know about the list, some of which I share, but most of which I keep to myself. “How are you doing?” an acquaintance recently asked. “Just fine,” I said on automatic pilot. “And you?” They beleaguered me with their entire list,…

5/5/16 Cinco de Mayo and Other

It is Cinco de Mayo, which, for me, has only the significance of being May the 5th. Mexicans are flocking in record numbers to this country, leaving behind one that has harsh laws for those who would emigrate there, and its emigres demand the right to move here and stay here and bring their relatives…

10/28/15 Unsafe at Any Speed

Thanks, Ralph Nader, for the headline. There is no end to the conflicting studies about the food we eat. We are constantly warned about the dangers of fast food, as if to imply slower foods are safer. But it seems nothing is safe for consumption anymore. If it is perchance less unsafe, there are environmental…

11/16/14 Grubercare/Grubergate

Jonathan Gruber. “I don’t know who he is,” said Nancy Pelosi, recently. “You meant to say Hans Gruber,” someone said. “No. Jonathan Gruber, not Hans Gruber. Hans Gruber is the bad guy, John McClain’s nemesis, in the movie Diehard,” someone offered. “Well, they seem a lot alike to me,” was the reply, “Only Hans knew…

9/16/14 My Anniversary

This month is the 6th anniversary of the unknown infection that put me in the hospital for a week. Mainmost (one of my long-time physicians) failed to find any specific thing wrong, but after a week of non-stop testing and IV antibiotics, I improved enough for them to let me go home, having had, they…

4/24/14 Renal Miscalculation

Renal calculus. Otherwise known as kidney stones. Something, somewhere has been miscalculated. The sum is pitiful. I wrote about a kidney stone incident a couple of years ago, indicating that since my old friends had returned, then perhaps things were back to normal in my body. It is wishful thinking,though, since it is unlikely that…

It Don’t Play

Pancreatic cancer doesn’t play around. It is aggressive. I’ve lost two cousins in as many years, both in adjacent rooms in the same hospital, all of us sharing the same oncologist whom you know here as Hemosapien, though he wears many other hats and goes by many other names. Today, my cousin Bill passed away.…