5/12/18 Summer’s Here

No. It’s not really summer, yet, but today sure seemed like it. Summers seem harsher here than they used to be. Maybe my tolerance is faltering. Lots of things at my age are faltering. I am glad to be still be here. We have been working long hours in Olive Branch, Mississippi, in the throes…

4/15/18 Two More Years

I have been on the Ruxolitinib trial for two years now. It has been good so far. The trial was designed to address the symptoms of CLL and prove, disprove, or measure its efficacy in individual patients. The requirements of the trial were that each person enrolled must not be treatment naive, meaning that they…

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…

6/6/17 Perilous Living

I touched on that the other day. I said, “Living is fraught with peril.” And so it is. Everything has risks. Every action has a reaction. Newton and his third law of motion says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Sometimes we get the planned reaction. Occasionally we get a…

12/26/16 Nothing Profound

That’s what I wanted: to write something profound. Profundity as a goal is elusive, though it can overtake us unawares from time to time, which is probably the best sort of profundity: the unplanned. We all have it from time to time, and we mostly lack it when we are setting out to be profound.…

12/13/16 Long Trip Back From Houston

Dr. Gooday, Nurse Alice, Nurse Sarah and crew at BATCC were all about like I expected them. BATCC seems to get along just fine, though I am not there every day to see its inefficiencies, nor the frustrations of its employees. I, on the other hand, am very familiar with my own frustrations, and today…

12/12/16 A Complicated World

12/9/16 It’s a complicated world out there. Politics, economics, terrorism, globalism, hegemony, wars, pestilence, earthquakes, storms …so many things just waiting for a chance to manifest themselves to interfere with our lives. So many of those things are beyond our control, leaving used tossed on stormy seas, cast adrift in shallow draft lifeboats, bobbing around…