No sleep, a little rambley at the end

I haven’t had a good nights sleep in almost a week.  I don’t know if I have gotten an hour of continuous sleep during this time.  No, this is not new to me, I go through cycles of this, many shrinks have tried to figure it out to no avail, a few regular docs have tried to fix it, them failing too.  Once I was on 2 Ambien, 2 Sonata, and 2 Restoril at the same time and still not sleeping.  As that demonstrates, meds have little effect on helping me sleep when I get like this.  It’s a pain in the buttocks, but it has been this was for around over 20 years and I don’t think it’s going to change before I die.  Today I am very tired, I tried to sleep, I tried to nap, nothing of substance.


It’s looking like the Still Not Dead party will be a go next August 8th.  It will be hosted at my mom’s new house (well, new to her).  She found a house that she likes.  She was approved for the requested amount of loan she would need.  Now she just has to go see the house and see if it matches all her requirements.  They are going to look at it tomorrow. It’s cool.  Jim is going to sell his house and it’s all good from there.  So by the time my party rolls around on August 8th, they should be very settled in mom’s new home.  Which is still in Portage, just a little whacked to get to.


I still feel good.  Even better than yesterday if you take away the tiredness.  I still got a slight dry cough, but that has been with me since chemo #1 back in 2015.  It’s not going anywhere, but the wet productive cough is gone.  Had 2 days or really sick, and 2 days of sorta sick, then I felt good again.  The Nurse said I probably got a wimpy virus that I was able to fight off quickly.  Cool.


I was too tired to drive this morning to go to the blood test.  Everyone is just going to have to understand.  We moved it to tomorrow, tomorrow Teresa will be able to drive me if I don’t sleep tonight.  Today she would have but there was a big project at work that she had to be there for.  So hopefully either I sleep tonight or Teresa is finished with her project.  I really need to go get my Cortisone level checked.


My friend Jennifer asked our mutual friend (Jennifer’s BFF) in Colorado if the Fast Food companies would ship to Iowa.  I had already thought of that, but cold fast food warmed up is never as good as fresh.  I’ll find a way to Oklahoma that doesn’t cost too much and gets me what I want for my simple bucket list.  Thank you for the thought Jennifer (and Julie if you read my blog), but I will figure this out.  I will figure out how to get these 2 items fresh, which means I have to be there.  Road Trip, maybe figure out something cool to do why we are there.


Hello, my name is Jeff Campbell, you can call me, Jeff, Hectic or Mother (long story).  I am 49 years old, I have been married for 26 1/2 years to a wonderful women named Teresa.  We live in Adel, Iowa, a small town (7000 people now 😉 ), about 25 minutes west of Des Moines.  We have 2 wonderful furbabies, 2 chihuahua, Pucky and Mojo.  We live in a nice townhome (the only townhomes in Adel), with great neighbors.  And our home owners association consists of 2 homes, ours and the other townhome, no HOA fees, best Home owners association we have ever been in.

I was diagnosed with AML cancer on April 1st, 2015. (my wife’s birthday). This totally ruined my summer and fall of that year.  Lots of infections, lots of chemo, lots of issues.  But I survived.  And went into remission.

I was diagnosed with MDS cancer on November 15th, 2017.  This included many days in the hospital out of 120ish days in the Gift of Life Transplant House.  Several real bad infections, the worst chemo they  could give a person, several serious issues.  But I survived.  And went into remission.

I went to live on.  But the MDS wasn’t beat.  Might still not be beat.  Dr. Alkhateeb and his cronies are doing there best to help me fight this cancer.  Mayo Clinic is the place to be if you have blood or marrow cancers.  So I got one of the best doctors at the best hospital, maybe just maybe we can be this MDS into submission and I can get a couple more years out of this body.  We shall see, but I thank each and every reader of my blog for joining me while I fight this fight.  It doesn’t mean a lot to me.  Thank you.


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.

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