MORE OCTOBER FUN

No that doesn’t look like fun!

and I agree, it most certainly wasn’t!

Here we go again for the next round of fun and games starting with the “up yer nose” Covid test before yet another colonoscopy and all the fun of liquid diets, Ducolax tablets and the awful tasting Miralax powder.

Yumee! I can hardly wait

Beginning to warm up, but I’m still cold so I’ll do part one in thermals then take those ducolax pills and try for part two of the cycling bonanza. The next real BIG target will be the 2018 top total of 4644.30 and see if I can crack that amid all the new chemo days and whatever else these medics have in mind.

Managed to take out another 27.92 and lift the total past the loose ends of the 44.30 at 4054.23 so only less than 600 to the goal.

Ever closer

Tuesday morning in for colonoscopy No 3 and this I’m told is not so good as the original tumor has grown back again and now has a friend on the other side of my body. Not exactly what we were looking for so now a full explanation of what awaits when we get over to Durango tomorrow.

No riding tomorrow or Thursday as I’ll be on that infernal drip but maybe if I get a few today I might be able to ride Friday and Saturday depending on the effects of the chemo. Eventually out and its quite pleasant and the new gearing gets me another step closer and now the total stands at 4075.89 and there it will stay until this session of chemo is over.

Wednesday and Durango for session 1 of round 2 in the chemo world. 5 hours in the chair with an assortment of drips and bits and bobs. More blood work and the tumor index is currently 28.3 as we start this new sequence. So far no nasty side effects, and two more days on the drip so I’ll wait and see.

Next ride maybe Friday when I’m “bag” free

Thursday and feeling quite good and no nausea. Breakfast coming soon and I get to take 2 steroid tablets for the next 3 days which are dexamethasone, yes, the same ones they gave Trumpty Dumpty. He claims he is feeling better but of course how can you tell with him?

So far no side effects but usually they do take time to build up, but currently if I can secure the bag and pump I might try a couple of small 5 milers when it warms up. I seem to be itching to do some thing, anything, which is so much better compared to last year when all I wanted to do was sleep!

Now “Trumped” with my two steroid pills!

Well. took a ride, pump and chemo all working, another unexpected 13.78 goes in the books and no ill effects! First time I’ve attempted a ride while undergoing chemo …. maybe this new cocktail of poisons is the one for me.

First ride while on chemo with it being pumped in as I ride !

Following the success of ride 1 and no ill effects ride 2 is attempted and the daily total tops out at 26.33 and takes me over 4102.22 which was never in my expectations!

Feels good to be at 4102.22 on a day I wasn’t planning on riding!

Meanwhile,  as the pandemic rages on, and cases all around us continue to rise,  gardening slips onto the back burner as foliage changes and annuals say goodbye. The Giro d’Italia is in full swing but not on TV, not sure if Trump has upset the Italians? The Vuelta  is scheduled to start on 10/20 so before all that its time to review the car market and see if there is anything for me?

You may remember I was looking at a gorgeous Range Rover down in Phoenix which was my No1 choice at the beginning of the year.

Sadly it caught the “TC” for which there really is no known cure and to take all the timing chains out and replace them is a ton of work which can cost around $6000 or if that doesn’t work then how about $22,000 for a new engine?        I don’t think so! what a shame.

The mind thinks back and I still rather like that S-Type Jaguar from the 2005 era, maybe its the appointment and woodwork or the nostalgic looks from my childhood. Here are a few that I’m currently looking at.

Another in Phoenix, actually Cave Creek, where we used to live. This is currently my No1 choice, a 2005 model with 59K on the clock

Gorgeous in BRG in CA, a 2003 with 67K

Photographers can’t shut the hood ?

Love the color!

Choice 2

A 2008, also in CA and also in BRG

Not bad, choice 3

Top of the range the 2008 R model with the supercharged motor

Not sure about the cockpit, a bit bland!

Still a good looking car

Back to reality, the chemo bag came of yesterday and the tiredness caught up with me so no riding. Never mind, still on target after Thursday’s surprise rides. Weather turning, cooler and yet more wind for the next few days. Will do what I can, now off the steroids and the weight is down to 165.8  ….. what is going on?????

Wedding Anniversary today! Cake and card at the ready!

TONY DOWN

 

 

One thought on “MORE OCTOBER FUN”

  1. Hi Tony, we all want to wish you well in your new fight. Best wishes to Brenda too because it can’t be easy for her either. Live Mouse

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