Saturday, April 5, 2008

I'm Not Dead Yet!

(The Queen Vee guest blogging again) The title of this blog entry comes from one of our favorite silly movies , Monty Python's "In Search of the Holy Grail". The scene above depicts plague victims being hauled off for burial and one of them proclaiming, " I'm not dead yet"!  Well, thank goodness Ken isn't dead yet, unfortunately he's not DONE yet either.

The Big Guy has been a bit discouraged by his recovery process this past week. He's been acting like the Knight who says "NI". What he should be saying is"I'm getting bettah" also from a plague victim in the the Grail flick, same scene.

So instead of a shrubbery (watch the movie if you haven't seen it), I bring to him
The Top Ten List of Reasons Ken is Making Recovery Progress .

10. Slowly reducing pain medication -- yep -- because there's less pain. May be off all of it in about a week.

9. Has started drinking small sips of clear liquids again -- ahhh. WATER!

8. Sleeping less during the day.

7. Made only 3 trips to Bethesda this week, next week maybe only ONE!

6. His neck has just about healed with new skin as soft as a baby's tooshie(pics next week.)

5. Actually ate some canned pears, and not through the pegster!

4. Made 2 trips to the store, driving himself.

3. Has resumed normal Ken activities, such as reading books and watching sports on TV.

2. Has been taking short walks outside for exercise.

And the number one reason we know Ken is making recovery progress is . . . (drumroll please)
1. He's able to put up a good ol' fashioned Ken Carlson arguement!

Two other highlights of our week included:

Our new granddaughter Tessa being blessed at church this past Sunday. (enjoy picture below)

Ken met up with his West Point classmate Jim Doyle who has been a great support during this experience. Jim has been fighting stomach cancer. The two of them met at Bethesda, where Jim had a 15 pound tumor removed a few weeks ago.  

In closing, let me leave you with a quote from King Arthur (again, Monty Python's version) that reminded me of Ken. "You fight with the strength of many men, sir knight. You have proved yourself worthy."

We'll see you on the high ground.


Tobi said...

Thanks Queen Vee for the update. I'm sure that I would be frustated too if I was in Ken's place. I can imagine his impatience to get back to leading a normal life with a normal routine. One that doesn't invovle pain meds or constant doctors visits. I will continue to pray that Ken makes constant steady progress towards a heathly remission.

Anderson Zoo Keepers said...

I could tell Ken was feeling at least a little bit better because I got a few pieces of astute military analysis from him. It's the kind of thing that always made me think he should be one of those talking heads on Fox News. He'd ROCK at that job.
So yippeee for recovery!!! I can't wait for more Ken arguments! I'm tired of being the only bombastic one around here. :-)

Sue said...

The truth is, Ken's just sick of the trips to Bethesda now that he's not completely knocked out with pain medications. Now that he's lucid he's realizing the miracle is not that he survived treatment, but that he survived your driving in rush hour!

Glad to hear things are on the upswing. Ken, I'll be expecting a full book report on Jawbreaker!

Crazy Granny said...

It's only a flesh wound. I guess when it comes right down to it, that's the truth. However, when your flesh hurts it's hard to think straight. Maybe you need one of those boards that the monks hit themselve in the head with. As a matter of fact, I think I could use one of those. Hang on Ken.

The Dragonfly said...

Still pretty proud of you downing the mashed potatoes and carrots on Sunday dad! Keep going . . . a little bit at a time and before you even realize it, you'll be taking big steps! Love you!