Day 242: Starting the Second Round

Much like yesterday, my day was light on meetings and quieter than usual. I had expected to either be in the 2-day training, which had been blocked on my calendar for months, or on chemo, which I had blocked a couple of weeks ago.

It has been nice having a couple quiet days because it has given me a chance to dig in deeper on a few projects, reviews and get ahead on planning. 

I spoke with our leasing office this morning. Needless to say, it was a direct conversation. 

They told me that they were closed yesterday due to an offsite meeting, saying that they had posted a notification on the office doors the night before. 

I explained that not everyone might see the notification on the door and, if they needed to, have enough time to change shipping. 

I gave them a bit of basic communication advice such as emailing all of the residents or putting fliers in mailboxes when they know the office is going to be closed. 

When I was talking with two colleagues about it today they both suggested the same thing - having the chemo shipped to work from now on.  

This won’t prevent the screw ups with the pharmacy from happening again but it will solve the leasing office problem. 

When I came home I stopped by the leasing office to pick up this round of chemo.  

Just seeing the pills when I got back upstairs made me take a deep breath. It’s hard to fully put the feeling into words. 

It’s hard to grasp how a few small pills can be both so poisonous and so good for your body at the same time. 

Today’s Spartan WOD was especially difficult, leaving me dripping in sweat before I even started the main set: 


Run 15 minutes (modified: elliptical) 

Main set:

  • 30 mountain climbers
  • 15 burpees
  • 3 x 5 pull-ups
  • 15 box jumps
  • 15 sandbag squat-throws or squats (modified: used a 12 lb medicine ball)
  • 10 crunches
  • 10 jumping lunges
  • 5 x 25 bear crawl 

Then, run 15 minutes. (modified: elliptical) 

Dynamic and Static Stretching

For the pull-ups I used a green Monster band and was able to get 5 pull-ups, 3 pull-ups and 2 pull-ups. 

Though it is still band-assisted, I was happy with being to crank out that many pull-ups especially right after completely the burpees.

As I finish typing this it is nearly time to take my anti-nausea medication followed by waiting an hour then starting the second round of chemo.

We will complete this round of chemo on Sunday night which will put us 17% of the way through this process. Every round is progress forward and we will make it through each of those gates until we complete this journey next year.