A Non-Event

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Good morning, Readers.

I had a Chemo appointment today, and unlike most the trip there and back was a little different (in my mind, anyway).

This appointment was during the Democratic National Convention held in Milwaukee and located very close to the interstate exchange I typically use to get to the VA. Though delegate attendance was reported to be scaled back to 300 participants, there was little information reported regarding ‘other’ external participants. As you may have heard, ‘Protesters’ like to utilize roadblocks to get news coverage, among other things.

If you know me, you already know I had a plan B just in case. ;). Part of my local intelligence network is the Waze app, which allows users to report incidents which affect travel. It’s made up of real people, so it’s fairly reliable in real time. I was able to use it to identify on/off ramp exits that were blocked, (there were some) and monitor traffic. Fortunately, as it pertains to travel – it was a non-event. I had a perfectly safe trip there and back. In fact, it seemed traffic along the planned route was lighter than normal.

Labs came back as expected, Miss (nurse) Amy let me know that my kidney numbers were trending up (bad) so if they continue like that I’ll need to get fluids with my treatments. No big deal, but it adds time to my visit. Better to lay off the coffee instead, I think. I already drink a ton of water for this purpose, and coffee negates this. 🙁

Thing is, I’ve been sleeping weird hours when I can sleep. A mix of chemicals and work demands has been goofing up my routine, so coffee is a nice crutch which keeps me going . Maybe I can find something else which is not a diuretic but still gives me a boost when needed. Ideas? Leave me a comment below. 😉

The infusion went well, pretty much in & out this time. Had just enough time to have lunch, roast beef & mashed potatoes and of course the Raspberry Cheesecake. I’m kinda trying to get back down below 200 lbs, but hey – it’s only once a week, right? LOL.

In other news, Robin did a soft-launch at the Studio over the weekend, and had what we’ll consider for now a full-house for her ‘Hippy Gnome’ class. Not bad considering there’s a pandemic. Fortunately, her studio is huge and offers an ideal setup for socially-distanced workspaces. We learned a few things about the ‘flow’ of the class experience, and everyone left very happy, so we’ll chalk this up as a success!

It’s 2:36 am and I’m not the least bit tired – but I have a ton of work to do, so I’ll leave this here for now.

Have a lovely week, and thanks for checking in.


Ken Ivey

Ken Ivey

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  1. Oh, I forgot to mention. Check-in at the security stations was flawless. I wore the standard blue mask over my preferred vented mask and they said I was good to go. While getting treatment, I received a call from Patient Advocacy informing me that they’d brought it up at a meeting and passed the information down to the front line. Good to know that the system works. 🙂

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