Shannon and I counted 57 staples from my hip disarticulation. They create an obstacle each morning as I get dressed, so when my follow-up appointment with Dr Mitten rolled around Wednesday morning, I was anxious to get them removed. But they weren’t ready to come out this week; Dr Mitten stressed that he didn’t want the incision to split open as with my previous surgery. The thought of such a blowout reoccurring easily convinced me that waiting was the right thing to do.
Toward the end of the appointment, Dr. Mitten casually recommended a healthy diet, especially following surgery with a low blood count and having cancer. I’m sure he didn’t foresee the lengthy discussion that this would trigger as Shannon and I have long debated this topic. Up to this point, I had always had the attitude that my diet is not what caused my cancer nor what would it cure it, and was told by several doctors to continue eating the foods that made me happy. By the end of our discussion with Dr Mitten, we both were convinced that eating a healthy diet just might improve my chances of fighting this cancer. However, this will be difficult to maintain from the road??
I guess Burger King is out for lunch? According to Dr Mitten, Chipotle uses very fresh ingredients in addition to free range chicken, so it sounded like a great way to kick off our new diet. I ordered their burito bowl which was just alright, definitely no cheeseburger –man this is going to be tough! We got home just in time to catch up with Ron, a very close friend of the family. It was really great to see him and reminisce on some good old days; I shared these photos I had of him water skiing wearing a moose head. Sorry, barely visible from the old-school, low-resolution scanned photo, but a great memory.
All day Wednesday we were on pins and needles waiting to hear whether or not our friend Dan passed his Senior Reactor Operator license exam for operations at R. E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant. I can attest that this is an extremely difficult day as a result of a long cumulative exam covering two years worth of intense material. We were thrilled when we finally received a text message at about 4 PM with the word that Dan passed. Congratulations Dan, we’re so excited for you!!