Happy Birthday to me……………….

So, it’s my birthday.  Teresa wins for most thought out prize.  She got me cotton candy.  Yup, a company in Des Moines makes cotton candy in various flavors and ships them around the country.  Go figure.  We first discovered this particular cotton candy while we were up at Mayo, I’m stoked that Teresa found the company in Des Moines.  So she bought me 4 containers of cotton candy, I demolished one this morning… Strawberry Fondue.  It was great.  She also got me, Banana, Peach and Orange Dreamsicle.  The store she that makes the cotton candy is the Chocolate Storybook, and the must make 75 or so flavors.  But Teresa knows me, and hit the nail right on the head with the 4 she chose for me.  Put a big smile on a sour face.  Yay for something cheering my up.

My mother and brother got me gift cards for Amazon and HuHot.  2 of my favorite places to shop and eat respectively.  I figured they would just hand me cash when we were there, but nope, the gift cards came thru email today.  It’s all good.

My back is still killing me.  I should’ve called the chiropractor sooner, now closes at noon today and it 12:31 now.  Bummer deal.  So, I thought I’d call Chris (the PA) cuz I never have to wait for him.  Well, they lost a provider there so the earliest he could see me is next Thursday 😦 . Strike two.  Then I tried to call to change my lab appointments from Mondays to Thursdays but sat on hold long enough to drive a sane man crazy and gave up.  So, I got nothing out of my phone calls today.  Not a single thing.  MercyOne did suggest I go to Urgent Care if I am in pain.  Teresa shot that down, I’ll bring it up again after she gets off work at 1:30.  At 12:42 she said she would take me to Urgent Care if that is what I wanted to do for my birthday.  Not what I WANT to do, but possibly what I NEED to do.

I know I am very sick right now, but I don’t feel very sick.  MDS is a weird cancer, by the time you feel sick you are about to die.  In my nightmares, I can feel my blood stats dropping bit by bit.  Which they are doing, but I can’t tell in reality.  So, if I ever get thru to Isabella (the scheduler) I will have labs to tell me exactly how far down my stats are.  We are hoping for platelets above 50, cuz I don’t want to have to sit for a six-pack of platelets Thursday afternoon so I can have my tooth pulled on Friday.

I turned 49 today.  I’ve felt older already and I have felt younger.  The good news is I still don’t look my age.  Well, I am a little paler now, at least I think so.  But that just makes me look like I haven’t gotten enough sun.  Not older.  So nertz to getting older.  Just live your life like only you can.

So, today I am going to Urgent Care around 2pm.  Maybe they will give me a stronger muscle relaxer, maybe they will give me a stronger pain med, maybe it will be a waste of time.  I just know that my back is killing me and I need something to make it through the coming weeks.  Stress builds in my back, and limping hurts my back, so that is why my back is so thrashed.

After Urgent Care we are heading to Fong’s Pizzeria in Ankeny, for dinner.  I hope it lives up to its reputation.

After Fong’s, if my back can take it, we are going to the movies to see Spiderman : Far from Home.  Teresa has already seen it, but I haven’t and she suggested it, so we’re all good there.

That should take us thru the rest of the night.

Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 50 year old guy, who beat blood cancer but is getting his butt kicked by bone marrow cancer. At this point it appears I am dying. Married and in love with the most wonderful woman in the world (27 years). She has stood by me thru a lot of crap and I love her so.

One thought on “Happy Birthday to me……………….”

  1. Happy Birthday, Jeff, and may you have many more!

    I love The Offspring and really like this particular cut. I recently told this guy he’s “pretty fly for a white guy,” and he agreed! He didn’t get the reference or the dig at all. Hahahaha! 😛


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