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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Home Steroid Infusion, Those Poor Pro Athletes, and Coming to Grips With Disability

Sporting my Rocky Horror Picture Show look. 3rd day of my in home infusion, things are looking up, I just hope they last. My right hand is alive again, I can do more than just smack the kids with it! Had to miss the sister's 50th birthday party, would have liked to have been there for the old girl, but this had to be done. My eyes are better, the right one is still a bit off, hoping to have more improvement there. Wonder if I can do this every weekend? It's the only time I seem to feel good, or at least at a manageable level.

The boy is doing his senior year in a work study sort of setting. He gets off school at 11:15, comes home, eats, and is off to work the bowling alley. He actually hooked me up today to the IV, and made me lunch before sliding out! We ate watching TV, with him that means ESPN. I think pro athletes should learn when to keep their mouths shut. They talk about the sacrifices they have to make for family, and spending more time with fellow players then family members, brakes my heart. That few months on the road is hard, no doubt, but no harder then sitting in a parking lot all night long watching construction equipment on a part time job. I think they made more then I did at the state fair working that part timer too. I need my life to be as tough as that, just for a little while.

Been rather down in the dumps for a while, bunch of things all at once. The girl a semester off from school, needed to reconnoiter, or just take a break, caught me off guard. I'm having a tough time dealing with my mounting disability, all these hand problems have thrown me off my game. I always expected the legs to go, I guess I tried to ignore the hands were involved too. Thank God for humor, my friends, and my family! The friends got together and closed my buddy Slammer's pool, he just had surgery and wasn't able to do it, great bunch. The wife and kids are great, couldn't ask for better, and you find humor in places you wouldn't think to look. The wife was flushing the IV line with saline yesterday. Getting the air out of the syringe, she pushed too hard, sending a rocket stream up to the ceiling, ricocheting off and hitting me right in my bald spot! Still laughing about that one.


Slammermike said...

Boy it is great to see you back.

I'm glad the IV treatment is helping.

We missed you Sunday. The pool closing went quick and smooth even without your supervision.
You are right they are a GREAT bunch. I want to thank you for getting it together even with everything you have on your plate right now.

I don't know if everyone appreciates how special what we have is. We've all known each other for 25 years or so. We have been through so much on the job and in our personal lives. And no matter what or when if someone needs something they are always there to help. That means so much to me.

I'm glad to see you back and feeling better.

Anne said...

Glad that you finally got some medical attention for the hand (i.e. IV meds) and to see that you are feeling better.

awb said...

Slammer - Glad to be able to do for someone else, and sorry for not being there to bark out orders from the deck, I'm sure the guys are sorry too!

Anne - I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I am slow! But seriously folks, I was slow this time because I'm scared it won't last.


Herrad said...

Hi Andy,
Really glad to hear you can use your hand again, what a bloody relief.
Think your family and your friends sounds brilliant really good people.
And you too sound like a fine man.
I am very glad that I have met you, really appreciate your friendship and support.
Hope you have a good day tomorrow and a good week.

awb said...

Herrad - Thank you so much for your kind words, I too value our friendship. You have taught me how to look past this damn MS thing and still live. I admire how you handle things, and can only hope I do as well as I progress. take care, and thanks!


Libby said...

andy, arent iv steroids a miracle?

awb said...

Libby - They are awesome, when they work, and when they last. Keep your fingers crossed for both!


Herrad said...

Hi Andy,

Please go to my blog and pick up your award.

Miss Jackie's FAVORites said...

OMG (Andy - that's text talk for Oh My God- just in case you weren't sure - LOL)I am still laughing about the saline situation. I can laugh at it now even though I cried then!! It was really funny - wasn't it? I am so glad you are feeling better. I wish too that you could have this every weekend. Let me see what connections I have!! HA!

Living Day to Day with Multiple Sclerosis said...

Hi Andy! I wanted to say that I hope you finish this treatment and feel better real soon. If you get the chance, stop by my blog and grab your well deserved blog!!!

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