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part eccentric ... part fun .... stubborn .. but not stuck up ... very open to different views, ideas and possibilities ... varied interests ... engineer ... mba ... trying-to-be-a-good-entrepreneur ... ex-software ... ex-quality ... ex-tobacco ... ex-alcohol ... trying-to-be-ex-cancer
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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Chemo 8 - Hallu hallu

It's been quite some time since I last wrote ... many would be wondering why ... after all, in the last 4-5 weeks , I have clocked at least two posts per week ...

Well ... I have not written because my body has asked me to take some rest ... duly obliging, I spent the last week resting ... taking time off from everything ... didn't even answer mails ... enjoyed the bliss of doing nothing (not that I was doing much earlier) ... but that's how it's been ... that's the type of energy that's left in me ... enough to keep a happy flow of thought going ... but not enough to let me put a sustained effort in anything ... its like the body is saying "... enough dude ... show some respect for the intensive chemo regime ... take it easy for some time ..."

So "Taking it easy" is the prevailing sentiment ... everything at a slow serene pace .... Hallu hallu ... as they would say in Hyderabadi ...

There was one exception though ... 8th Chemo ... it was not slow ... infact it was a fast hurried affair ... mostly because we had smartened up ... we didn't want to repeat that six hour ordeal of the 7th chemo ... and with a little help from Dr Auro (my consulting doctor ... very nice and knowledgeable) ... I managed to be the first patient in the chemo room ... FIFO ... I was the first out too ... in fact I left home at 12 and was back from chemo by 2 ... This must be some sort of an all-time record for fastest friday afternoon chemo at CMC ... (the fact that this particular chemo lasted just 15 minutes helped)

Other updates -
CT Scan - report shows that tumour has shrunk by almost half on all three dimensions. Volume wise tumour is down to almost 1/5th the original volume
Blood Counts - At a decent level of 5800
Mood - upbeat

that's all for now ... till next time ...

15 comments:

Pranshu said...

That you had to get in a queue after having stayed in Delhi and after having heavy "pauwas" was a surprise. That you managed to skip one is an expectation. Good going mate.
That you had to wait for the previous one can be explained in only one way - that is chemo is taking a tall on your personality. Careful as you might emerge a transformed, law and queue abiding person .
So get up and exercise different parts of your personality - and gauge the effectiveness by the time in munutes Sarvana Bhavan takes to get your Rava Dosa.

Srividya said...

Hi Alam,

Have been silently reading your blog for quite a while now.

Nice to see this post and know that you are taking time off everything and that the mood is
"upbeat".

My wishes for a speedy recovery and hope to see a blog post written from Delhi very soon !

Take care,
Srividya (REC Warangal)

Anonymous said...

Upbeat!:-)

Not for you, but even for me. The news has brought a smile. Another silent reader, came through Tarun's link.

Wish you all the best. Take care.

-kajan

Anonymous said...

Have been waiting for this news for a while. Feeling a bit releived, rather than upbeat. Talk to you soon.
- Jim

Anonymous said...

Hi Alam,

Chanced upon your blog from a link on a friend's blog. Wish you a speedy and complete recovery.

Keep that mood upbeat.

Best
Keya

Jh said...

Awesome news, bandhu!

Big Daddy said...

bhai...
....good to hear the encouraging progressions....
....and i really think that you takin a lil slow in da writing of posts is a good idea....
....i was actually getting a little worried that you might ov-exert yourself by doing this on a regular basis...
....too bad that the much needed gyan will take a little more tym than b4....
...but what the hey...take care of yourself guru....
...we all are very proud of you here of the way you have handled da situation....
......it has all been a very big inspiration....
....hoping to see you back in delhi bhai....
...take good care of yourself....and shum-Z, khaala, appi, and your pati vrita patni....
...loads of love and best wishes...
.....from all of 'KHAN'daan.....and sabbath (our pooch) ;-)

bluesky said...

alamnai, yeh sahi khabar hai. sun kay acha laga...will call this weekend

Prabhat said...

Hey Alam, that's good news.

Anonymous said...

Mogambo khush hua....

- Shashank

Girijesh said...

alam pyare ye to kafi khushi ki khabar sunai hai.

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