Pedal Another Mile

Bicycling, death, life after death.

A good day :)

I'd have to say this is the best day since we came home in terms of how Billy Jo was feeling today.  She seemed like normal Billy Jo, albeit a tired one.  She napped a few times, but she went most of the day without needing dilaudid, and ate about 400-500 calories, much more than in the past three or four days.  She spent hours downstairs in our family room and visited with coworkers and friends.  The only thing missing from this being a perfect day (well, as perfect as a day in hospice could be) is poop.

I cherish these days.   I must be careful that I don't get myself too excited though, as days like today make it easy to forget how sick she really is.  Still, I'll take all of them I can. Good spirits and moderate, not extreme,  pain.

While she napped much of the day, I worked remotely and put in my first eight hour day in three weeks.  It was good to get my mind on nothing but number crunching and catching up on some things I've been falling behind on. Again, I have to thank my co-workers for everything they are doing to help me - it's truly appreciated.

Now, on to some pretty cool news regarding Stand Up to Cancer.  While Billy Jo was in the hospital, I received an email from SU2C notifying us that she was a runner-up for their "Constellation Promotion" at the beginning of the month, and we were receiving four tickets for Katie Couric's new show in NYC.  I replied that we wouldn't be able to make it, as she was in the hospital. I thanked them for all they are doing to fight cancers of all types, and told them that raising over $5,000 for them was one of my proudest accomplishments. The representative from SU2C, Kathy, thanked us for our support and asked for our mailing address.

When we got home from the hospital last Wednesday on top of the pile of mail was a giant manilla envelope with some SU2C goodies in it and a personal thank you note:


Click the image below to read it

Pretty cool :) - I now have a "STAFF" shirt and a baseball cap to further spread the SU2C message.  I sent Kathy an email to thank her and to let her know about the blog.  She replied that she especially enjoyed the "Milk" post.

That's not the end of this story.  Tonight as I was preparing to update this blog I noticed that there was something different.  There are counters below each post which say how many times the post has been liked on Facebook or Tweeted.  The tweet always reads '1' - me.  I have the blog setup to auto-tweet every time I post a new entry.  Well, the "Milk" post had been retweeted 23 times.  How could that be??

This is how...

That's right-yesterday, Stand Up to Cancer, with over 130,000 followers on Twitter, picked my blog post as one of their 2-3 posts each day.  Whoa.