Thursday, October 4, 2007

Chemo sucks! It really, really sucks!

Nick here..

I am currently on my 7th round of chemotherapy and will have 3 more cycles after this. I am still eating quite well and weigh about 135.. give or take 2 pounds, depending on the scale.
This round I came prepared for boredom and have my playstation 2 hooked up, video games on my computer, books, ipod, and videos. I invited this new patient down the hall that is 22 and just recently diagnosed with leukemia to come down to my room and we will play some video games or talk about whatever since he seems like he wants to ask me questions on what to expect with the chemo.
Something very unexpected and awesome happened today around 3 p.m. My Mom somehow contacted Utah's semi-pro hockey team, The Grizzlies, and arranged for the mascot, Grizzbee, to stop by my room and say hi. It was crazy! After meeting him and taking pictures we walked around together and visited other patients. Grizbee was making all the nurses laugh and actually made the room service lady quite mad because he had stolen a hamburger of the tray she was delivering to a patient. He was just trying to be funny but she must of had a bad day or something cause she wasn't happy.
Well thats all for now.
Anyone is welcome to visit anytime.


Nurse Mary getting a bear hug!

4 comments:

Chris Ulvin said...

Good Morning Grizzbee Comrade
Hope this greeting finds you done with round 7 and bulking up for the last 3 rounds. Boxing might be a sport you take up in 2008 because you've definitely got the spirit to go the distance. Stan and I are off to watch the opening game for our LA Kings. I forsee a King's game in your future - all you have to do is visit. Continued prayers and love, aunt Chris

The Traudt Family said...

Nick,
We are so glad to hear that you are staying positive and trying to help others who are going through a similar situation. What a wonderful surprise to have the Grizzbee mascot visit. We love the new motorcycle. I bet you are enjoying yourself when you ride.
Lori and family

Chris Ulvin said...

Happy Monday Nick
Here's another joke that made it's way to my email address. And since I was told it was snowing in Ogden on Saturday - there may be some truth to the joke. Love to you Nick and may friends and family keep you laughing.

IT WAS ALREADY LATE FALL AND THE INDIANS ON A REMOTE RESERVATION IN SOUTH DAKOTA ASKED THEIR NEW CHIEF IF THE COMING WINTER WAS GOING TO BE COLD OR MILD.
SINCE HE WAS A CHIEF IN A MODERN SOCIETY HE HAD NEVER BEEN TAUGHT THE OLD SECRETS. WHEN HE LOOKED AT THE SKY HE COULDN'T TELL WHAT THE WINTER WAS GOING TO BE LIKE.
NEVERTHELESS, TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE, HE TOLD HIS TRIBE THAT THE WINTER WAS INDEED GOING TO BE COLD AND THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE VILLAGE SHOULD COLLECT FIREWOOD TO BE PREPARED.
BUT BEING A PRACTICAL LEADER, AFTER SEVERAL DAYS HE GOT AN IDEA. HE USED HIS iPhone, CALLED THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND ASKED, "IS THE COMING WINTER GOING TO BE COLD?"
"IT LOOKS LIKE THIS WINTER IS GOING TO BE QUITE COLD," THE METEOROLOGIST AT THE WEATHER SERVICE RESPONDED.
SO THE CHIEF WENT BACK TO HIS PEOPLE AND TOLD THEM TO COLLECT EVEN MORE FIREWOOD IN ORDER TO BE PREPARED.
A WEEK LATER HE CALLED THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AGAIN. "DOES IT STILL LOOK LIKE IT IS GOING TO BE A VERY COLD WINTER?"
"YES," THE MAN AT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AGAIN REPLIED, "IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY COLD WINTER."
THE CHIEF AGAIN WENT BACK TO HIS PEOPLE AND ORDERED THEM TO COLLECT EVERY SCRAP OF FIREWOOD THEY COULD FIND.
TWO WEEKS LATER THE CHIEF CALLED THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AGAIN.
"ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT THE WINTER IS GOING TO BE VERY COLD?"
"ABSOLUTELY," THE MAN REPLIED. "IT'S LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKE IT IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE COLDEST WINTERS WE'VE EVER SEEN."
"HOW CAN YOU BE SO SURE?" THE CHIEF ASKED.
THE WEATHERMAN REPLIED, "THE INDIANS ARE COLLECTING FIREWOOD LIKE CRAZY."

Chris Ulvin said...

Dear Nick,
Stan and I are back in California after a great weekend in Texas visiting your Dunlap relatives. What should I see in cousin Ann's livingroom but your highschool picture placed on her fireplace mantel so that her portrait of Mother Mary is gazing on only you.
This Texas revelation reminded me that Jesus has a mother too. The S name for Jesus is the only Son of God. John 3:16
May prayers being said around the world (Texas included) for you dear Nick be answered in the affirmative.
Love, aunt Chris