As my wife reminds me occasionally, not everyone who reads my blog regularly wants to delve into reflections on community, news stories about cancer therapies and statistics, books I'm reading or dozens of other esoteric themes. Some simply want to an answer to a simple question - "How are you doing now?"
The question is similar to how Twitter advertises itself these days - "What are you doing now?" Twitter is a service which works much like a short-and-sweet blog that answers that question with messages of 140 characters or less.
So, one way to satisfy those who want to know "how" I'm doing is to incorporate a gadget in my blog with Twitter Updates. In fact, that's what I plan on doing. I'll use my Twitter account for all kinds of things, one of which will be quick daily answers about how I'm doing and any other short messages about my medical or emotional condition.
You can see the updates in the side bar just below the section About Me. If you're a Twitter fan, there is also a hyperlink allowing you to become my follower, which means that your own Twitter account will be linked to mine thereby allowing you to access my messages on whatever application or device you choose which supports the Twitter application interface.
So what's the answer anyway?
Sleepy and a little off balance. I have to assume that my need for more naps and sleep is connected to the new breakthrough pain medication I'm taking. I've replaced my morphine with hydromorphone. At the same time, I've noticed that my balance isn't quite as good as it was before. Otherwise, there doesn't appear to be any other major change. I've had a few more nightmares, but I don't know for sure that it is related to the medication.
For whatever reason, despite the fact that my legs look a lot better these days (most of the edema is gone leaving my legs about the size they were before edema and blood clots), the itchiness and rashes continue to come and go. In fact, I will often awaken in the middle of the night only to find my hands on my legs scratching away. I've taken to wearing cotton gloves to prevent doing too much damage.
My wife and I are also talking more about memorial service planning. One day last week, on a beautiful, sunny day, she went to a local funeral home to get information and tour the facilities. Because of what we discovered, she will likely decide to have the memorial service at their facilities, followed by a reception upstairs. The services they offer are extensive and the costs quite reasonable. But it still feels odd doing this kind of planning at my age, especially when physically I'm feeling not too bad this week. Still, it's good to have some time to talk with her about these issues, to defuse some of the emotion attendant to funeral planning and to get some decisions made and set aside.
I feel mentally and emotionally stable today. I'm reading a wide variety of material, watching some good sports on TV, and enjoying favourite murder mystery series on DVD. So the world is a pleasant enough place.
For more details, stay tuned for rtfax tweets...