Greetings from the Sonoran desert! Spectacular clouds, phenomenal storms with amazing displays of lightning and “waterfalls” of rain invigorate the desert with life. Jimmy enjoys the summer show and rejoices in the annual renewal of life.
Before proceeding with news of my ongoing cancer treatment, I’d like to make a Public Service Announcement. Puddles, the Oregon Duck mascot, is homeless! For over six months, since he was deserted by his distraught owner at the Oregon vs. Ohio State national championship football game, Puddles has been roaming the desert all alone. He appeared at our front door recently and we took him in. He enjoyed July 4th with us, but on the July 5th he was assaulted by Oregon State Beaver fans. We rescued him and he is fine, but we fear for Puddles safety now that the “Beaver Nation” knows of his location. Please help us locate Puddles’ owner before it’s too late!!’
Today I began my fourth round of treatment. I’ve been extremely blessed with minimal side effects so far. A bit of fatigue, a touch of indigestion and now spontaneous laryngitis.
The laryngitis comes and goes at random, with no other symptoms. The laryngitis is very disappointing, as I was seriously considering opening for the Rolling Stones on their next tour…oh well. The consumption of wine in moderation will continue as my recent blood work shows that everything is functioning normally. Yippie!!! On the 17th I will have a CT scan to determine the effectiveness of the chemo treatments on shrinking the tumors. I will get the results of the scan in two weeks at my next scheduled chemo session.
My ability to enjoy wine came in handy on July 4 when I was called into duty to determine the soundness of an Bordeaux wine that was over forty years old. It was a perfect July 4th celebration: French wine and Italian food with patcipants of Irish, Italian, English, German and Polish decent.