Almost ready to go

Today we head to Minnesota.  My appointment is at 9:30am tomorrow morning.  Yesterday I felt darn right miserable due to anxiety, this morning I am up at 6:40 because of weird dreams fueled by anxiety.  Yeah, anxiety sucks.  But anyhow, mom made it here safely yesterday, and today, sometime between 11 and noon we are gonna start making our way to Rochester.  Gonna be a long day with anxiety, fatigue, and a definite inability to sleep in the car.  I hope the hotel is nice.


After my talk with Michelle, the LLS associate director, I am a bit freaked out about my white blood count too.  It is only 3.something and normal is 8 to 13.  I guess I will talk to the hematology people about that too.  Dr. Wehbe seemed unconcerned about this, but I really think it’s something to be concerned about.  I think I recall that my wbc never got up to 4 after chemo.  The only thing (that they check) going rightish is my hemoglobin, which while not normal is at 12.3 (should be 14).


Since I lifted the ban on Christmas music within my earshot (which apparently I made years ago) Teresa has went a little nuts.  Alexa and Alexa (echo and dot) both blare Christmas music from when she wakes up to when she goes to bed… unless she is watching television, or I am headed to bed.  I told her to go ahead and play Christmas music and she has ran with the notion.  I guess I should have known what I was getting into when I said she could.


Weirdest thing, our cable modem and our router died at the same time.  And it was definitely both of them.  The cable modem wouldn’t stay online.  OK, we got new one and magically it could stay online.  But we still kept losing connection.  All the lights were lit appropriately on the router.  But it was either that or the cable from the cable modem to the router (highly unlikely).  SO, luckily for us, I had a spare router in all my junk from when I ran the travel agency.  And even more luckily I found it yesterday.  Teresa processed to do that magic to make it work and lo and behold, we have working internet again.  Most frustrating last 2 days, but it’s all good now.


I finally found a 6th and final person for my D&D game.  I found her on reddit lfg.  She had posted she wanted to get into a campaign and that is what I am starting.  She seems to know what she is doing, which is good cuz 2 of the players don’t really.  My game is gonna be interesting, the group is balanced.  The game is set to start January 2nd.  Everyone is busily making their characters or already has them made.  And we are multi-national.  heh.


D&D is a great diversion.  I can get lost for hours planning and plotting and totally forget about anxiety and my health issues during that time.  5e is simpler than D&D used to be.  Simpler in this case isn’t bad.  It’s just what it is.  Even character generation for the most part is easier (I have a pdf that lets me created characters in like 20 minutes whereas it used to take hours).  And now that I am more comfortable with the rules, this should be an even better game than me previous 2 runs.  And that is a goal, to always get a bit better.


I’m thinking of quitting WoW again.  It just doesn’t do anything for me anymore.  There is no excitement, no wow factor.  As a matter of fact, for the last couple weeks, I have only been logging in for about 5 minutes a day.  So not worth $14.99 a month.  Didn’t like ESO very much either.  Maybe I am not meant to play an MMORPG at this point of my life.  They are just blah, boring to me now.


Naturally, I am taking my laptop with me to Minnesota.  I will be posting a Blog post every evening after Mayo is done.  They’ll probably be short posts, cuz there isn’t a lot to this, take blood, analyze it, hopefully give medicine or something.  But maybe the docs there will tell me something I can share with you guys.  Any way it comes down, it will be documented in this blog.


Author: Jeff Campbell

I'm a 45+ year old AML survivor, now with MDS. About to go to Mayo for a Stem Cell Transplant. I also have bipolar disorder. Cancer and bipolar make for an interesting life sometimes. I have a wonderful wife of 25+ years who has been with me thru it all. Even with my problems, I pretty much love my life.

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