I had a wonderful two weeks. On Tuesday, March 3rd. I was operated on, and they did not find cancer. The doctor told me that on that day but did not get the full results from Pathology until the following Saturday. I still have lymphatic cancer, but I do not worry about that one because a group of people at St. Margaret’s Church are putting me on their prayer list and I have been in spontaneous remission for years. Whether one thing affects the other is a mystery to me, but I have to look at it logically. I had Non-Hodgekins Lymphoma and I received no medical treatment until maybe five years had passed. At that time, they just kept an eye on me, and I never had a spike in it. The doctor, an oncologist, said he would treat it if it did need to, but that there is currently no need. So I constantly thank those women. They are great.
My pacemaker still dictates that I walk with a cane. That can get rattling. I forget the cane almost everywhere, and I have had one taken. But, you get used to it and it becomes like your shoes and socks, you cannot go anywhere without it. I like to think that the pacemaker will stop the need to carry the cane, but my doctor says I am stuck with it.
I am selling my boat. It is a 185 horsepower inboard/outboard, and is at the Lowell Motor Boat Club. I am opting for a newer, smaller boat. I am a simple fisherman, I do not need all of that power. Life sometimes tells you it is time to slow down, and I am going to obey the dictates of my existence and put my time into writing and reading as much as I can. A large boat just does not fit in. It needs some work on the upholstery, and the trim has to be full of fluid but it can book it when you start it up.
It feels strange talking about a boat in the middle of a winter squall, and it is definitely windy and snowing outside. But I look forward to spring and all of the beauty and possibilities that it brings. My brother finished his visit and we have the house to ourselves again. That is strange but gratifying too. He is a great brother, but it is nice to get your house back.
During my hiatus at the Lahey Hospital, I had the opportunity to get to know myself a little better. Two friends tell me, only half-jokingly, that “it is all about you.” I suppose I do conceptualize about me too much. I have a limited vision of my life. I probably do talk about myself too much, but I try to remain active in other activities, and I do not mean to focus on myself. However, I can see their point, especially after spending an amount of time in my hospital room by myself. Hopefully, I can get past it.
Anyway, I had a wonderful surgeon, but I did not know that they restricted your food after the operation. I guess I will know a bit better if I ever have surgery again, to ask more inciteful questions. Like “when is lunch, and dinner?” Important questions. As it was I went for two and one half days without any food whatsoever. I also lost about ten pounds. Sometimes you have to keep an eye on that prize. Anyway, they told me that it was very risky surgery, so I planned appropriately. Many thanks for the people who kept me in their prayers.
I cannot wait for spring. I love to go camping in the summer and spring gets me ready. I usually go at odd times. It just is easier to do. I get my truck packed up, find a mattress to blow up with an electric blower, and sleep in the bed ot the truck underneath the cap. I especially like to go to the mountains or Cape Cod, where I can be myself and fish to my heart’s content. Sometimes my family is with me and sometimes I am on my own. I have a strict budget, because, left to my own devices, I would spend. So, my wife helps me keep my costs down. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Parks is the best deal. New Hampshire is quite a bit more per night.
When one night, or two days, depending on how you look at it, whisks by, I generally go home. Last year, I went to Nantucket and finding little there to appeal to me besides the Whaling Museum, I took the ferry home. It was a very pleasant ferry ride especially because I had a woman named Mary to talk to. She was going to take the day and visit her son and his family at a house that they were renting. We talked about a lot of things, including that this was the first trip to the island for both of us, and split up at the docks when we got there. Boats, planes, and elevators fascinate me because you are in close proximity to a stranger for awhile, and you generally lose track of them when you get to your destination or floor. That is exactly what happened. I wish you a good day Mary, and other trips to the island if you so choose. As for myself, I did not like Nantucket that much so I was glad to get back to the campsite on Cape Cod.
My other favorite things to do include hosting my television show on Monday or Wednesdays at 9:30 or 7PM respectively. I enjoy fishing, small boating, swimming, and even walking the dog. I do not particularly like my current dog that much, but that is my fault, not hers. She is half Labrador and half Pit Bull. I could do without the Pit Bull part, which is going to cause a reaction from my little sister, who breeds them. Half of my children (adults) like her and half do not.
Well, that is my mind this day, after getting told that my cancer was not any worse and that my pacemaker was still working. I feel very lucky to just be around. I took the “risky” part of “risky operation” very seriously. My wife and kids were great. One even took a personal day to help me recover from my operation. That was special. And, I finished “1865” which was a book about April, 1865 written by Jay Winik. It was a very interesting book, and I recommend it to you. It is a heavy (meaning full of information) book but well worth the read. It is at the Memorial LIbrary. Have a wonderful week.