Wednesday, February 13, 2008

day +176

This morning I had planned to see Dr. Roberts for my weekly psych therapy session, but the weather was gray and nasty. The rain was coming down very heavily, so we decided to cancel. Since I wasn't going to see Dr. Roberts, I figured it made little sense for me to attend "Transitions: For Those Who Have Recently Undergone Autologous or Allogeneic Transplant," a monthly afternoon support meeting at Sloan-Kettering that I had already signed up for. This is now the second time that I've failed to make it to this support meeting. Hopefully, the stars will align perfectly next month.

For roughly the past week, I've been thinking about changing my blog's template so after finding some interesting samples online, I've been working with Levi who created my blog's header, to come up with something. Working to keep this blog somewhat interesting and attractive is a continuous effort but I enjoy it a lot.

As many of you know, the types of fruits and vegetables that I can eat at this moment remains restricted. Dr. Castro-Malaspina did give me the green light last week to eat salads, but I've been reluctant to do so just quite yet. I plan to give myself just a bit more time. Overall, my diet has remained basically the same for the past several months. I started eating bananas again only about 2 months ago and only during the past two weeks have I eaten avocados which I enjoy a lot.

Last Sunday morning, I met up with my good friend, Jared, at Le Pain Quotidien on Madison Avenue between 84th and 85th Streets. He had popped into town unexpectedly for just the weekend and I last saw him at my graduation in Chicago back in early June. So, I had to see him. But thankfully, the restaurant wasn't very crowded, so we were able to find an isolated table by the window where I was able to converse and drink a café au lait without the worry of wearing a mask and receiving the guaranteed stares. (Whereas Jared enjoyed his brunch, I didn't eat anything, because I'm still forbidden from eating restaurant/take out food. I had breakfast at home before I went downtown to met him). In fact, this was my first time in a restaurant-like setting since my transplant a little over five months ago. I don't yet feel comfortable enough to be in such public places more than is necessary, which is of course part of the reason why I haven't made any real effort to meet up with my local friends. But I'm thinking that by May this may change.

I apologize that there isn't much of a smooth flow between my thoughts in this post, but I just wanted to blog about a few different things going on recently. I didn't know how else to record them but to do it as I did.


Comment Blogger Michelle J said...

Nice post Duane, i can't wait to see what you and Levi come up with!!! Hopefully, in May or June we can finally meet in person?? Whatcha think?

9:11 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

I'm excited too. The template change is long overdue. I could've done it months and months ago, but I just procrastinated.

Hopefully, I'll be participating in Sloan's annual Art Show in late April/early May. If you're able, you're more than welcomed to swing by and we could meet. Let me know what you think. :)

10:42 PM  
Comment Blogger Michelle J said...

Sounds like a plan Duane! Looking forward to it!!

12:29 PM  
Comment Blogger One Mother with Cancer said...

I can't wait to see your new template. I've been thinking about redoing mine. Have a great weekend

3:34 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Many thanks. :)

1:02 AM  

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