Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions

Since the One Kidney Wonder (aka Purple Hull) often has writer's block, I'm going to nudge him along to get a new post up! We'll see how it works. As least it's different. If this flies, then maybe Rachel and I can get him to add FAQ to his Restoration Tile site!

Carrot: Everyone wants to know how you're doing. I guess they think you're not sharing your pain and suffering. Tell the one about needing crutches on Easter.
Purple Hull:
well, the most aggravating part is the damned sore feet. It seems to be very predictable now, starting the second week of taking Sutent. Sore feet lasts from 8 to 10 days followed by normal feet. Sore feet means that I can't just go do whatever I want. But the operative word is aggravating. I can actually put up with a lot even though I want to throw something and quit taking the chemo so I can just get back to normal (which is not possible). We were headed to Sam's house for Easter dinner and I couldn't walk . . . so Debbie went to Walgreens and came home with a pair of crutches. . . they work. . . and they did invoke sympathy. Within two days we had found the pair we already had in (you guessed it) my workroom :). We've been through Easter sore feet and 12 days of normal feet and now we're back to sore feet...never ending I guess. The rest of the side effects are tolerable. . . lots of people put up with a whole lot more. I can't complain.

Carrot: Do you have a bucket list? Do you want to go back to Europe? I know you'd fly on the Space Shuttle if they'd let you.
Purple Hull: I don't have a bucket list. I pretty much have done everything I wanted to do. The places I have been in Europe (industrial) are pretty much like going to Cleveland, only farther. We are of Western European stock so the faces look normal and the food is normal . . . I'd really like to go to Eastern Europe. . . .My understanding is that it is totally different. . . . and Cuba. . . there is a lot of tile in Cuba!!! Probably needs repair which makes the trip deductable.
The opportunity to fly on the shuttle is about kaput. I'd go in a minute if I could. Maybe I'll buy one at auction when the US Gov. sells our stuff to pay their bills. Then I could take it up myself. . . I wonder how much it costs to fill that thing up. My Am.Express card has no limit. . . or that's what they say. HEHE That"s the kind of thing you want to do for your last thing.

Carrot: Should we get more football tickets or just keep the ones we have? Maybe they'll all be together this season. Will Ryan Mallet's time off for surgery hurt or help the team?
Purple Hull: Surely 8 tickets is enough. We ate tickets last year a time or two.

Carrot: It will be a different vacation this year: Orlando instead of the beach. Which beach would you like to go to next? Hawaii? Antigua? St. Lucia? I need more samples of sand for my collection.
Purple Hull: I'm not sure how my mentioning going to see the shuttle launch became a bucket list item and therefore now we're off to Disney World....but hey if the grandkids want to go then I'm all for it. Hawaii holds no lure for me...except to see the volcanos. The carribean islands sound more fun, and I can get you some sand. Want some from the deposit in North Central Arkansas. How about from Edgar Florida...inland Northern huh? Is it the sand or the beach?

Carrot: Did you like having a real tree last Christmas? Is it okay to give the huge faux tree to Rachel and Matt who have really tall ceilings?
Purple Hull: Actually I prefer an artificial tree.... still not comfortable with a drying out tree in the house. I'd be delighted for Rach and Matt to take the 10 footer. The more of our old stuff you give away....the more we can stimulate the economy! You're such a good Democrat.

Carrot: How long will the sailboat that's never touched water stay in the front yard?
Purple Hull: Somebody had a SanJuan 21 in the paper last week...for more than I have invested in the yard art. Maybe I'll fix it up and make some $$$$. I do take care of my stuff. I'm not sure the SanJuan ever made it to my good stuff pile so if I put it in good shape then we'll keep it FOREVER.
(What? Chemo brain attack!)

Carrot: Are you up for a trip in the trailer? Where to?
Purple Hull: Yep...I like the trailer and I think the Excursion at 270,000 miles still has plenty of life left. It's at Erin and Shaun's place....we gotta get it back and then I'll put hardwood floors in and we'll take off for a week or so. It's not so much where we're going, it's just the going. Uh, we also should get a dish so we can go a little more rustic and don't have to be in RV parks with folks in blue jumpsuits and velcro close shoes.
(I do love electricity.)

Carrot: Yes, I agree, my brain is a little scattered. Every thought leads to lots more. I still like my idea of going fishing without hooks. Always yours.
Purple Hull: You really think I have writers block?


Jenny said...

You guys are funny. Thanks for the update. I like the term "yard art." :)

Rachel Silvestri said...

I'm really proud of your use of color on the post. Kuddos for figuring that one out!

erin oliver said...

You figured out colored fonts?! Rachel beat me to it.
I'm kind of itching to see if you're a candidate for IL-2, but I've been googling a little too much, and now consider myself a doctor.

Debbie Byrd said...

Thanks. It was nothing. I use colorful backgrounds on all my spreadsheets. BUT, I could not figure out how to change the Sutent-salmon-orange background on the whole blog. The pill itself is enough.

erin oliver said...


Debbie Byrd said...

Thanks, but how??