February 17, 2016
Normal morning routine- up at 7am, get coffee brewing, take medicine, let the dogs outside, shave, shower, dress, let the dogs back in, kiss my wife goodbye and drive the 2.5 miles to work.
I am a cancer survivor, and the medicine I take at 7am is a thryroid hormone replacement. My thyroid was removed in 2003 because of a malignancy. Most days I just take the medicine and go on, other days I have thoughts creep into my head about whether the cancer might ever return. Or, if there is some particularly bad natural disaster in the news, I sometimes think about what an interruption in the production of my medicine might bringâ€¦I am totally dependent on the medicine to live. Today, with NPR reporting on rising tensions in North and South Korea, I was reminded of the important dependency I have for this seemingly unimportant little pill.
Saw a co-worker walking to work and waved hello. I see him most days. Sometimes on bad weather days I stop and offer him a ride.
Got a great spot in the parking garage, (always a small personal triumph) and made it in to my office a little after 8.
My usual routine at the office is to check for urgent emails, phone messages, and look at my calendar to see whatâ€™s on the agenda for meetings and deliverables. Then I tackle my to-do list of projects.
Because of a one hour waiting period after I take my thyroid medicine, I generally eat something for breakfast while checking emails- typically a whole wheat bagel and banana.
Busy morning, working out details related to an upcoming community event.
11:50am-Drove a couple of blocks to the Kitselman Center for a meeting with the collaborators and informers of the study I am participating in. Warmer weather I would have walked!
Walking into the Kitselman Center brings back some good memories- of many meetings held there for â€˜working retreatsâ€™ with coworkers and also back in the 80â€™s and 90â€™s when I did a lot of freelance photography work, I attended lots of wedding receptions at this location. I have a deep appreciate for older buildings and their history so I love the interior of this house.
During the conversation with the informers, P. mentioned Virginia Ballâ€™s name, and that also brought back a flood of memories. I had numerous interactions with both Ed and Virginia over the years, particularly Ed Ball, who was probably one of the kindest, most generous individuals I have ever met. He used to say to me â€œyou do good work, young man,â€ and that simple praise was so powerful coming from such a successful yet humble man.
It was great to meet some of the collaborators in the project, I was delighted to see Ms. F, whom I had taken yoga classes from in the past. And to dialogue with my two assigned mentors, TJ and Alex. Alex and I have an acquaintance in common and it was fun to discover that. Hearing about the various fields of study that each student described, I drew some energy from their youthful passion about what they wanted to study and do for a career. When I was that age, I had no idea just what a special time of life that was.
Great conversation about substance abuse, with insightful input from informant 10 about his perspectives. Reminded me about how much I truly donâ€™t know about the lives of others in this community. R. mentioned growing up in the Morningside neighborhood, thatâ€™s where my first wife grew up and where she and I lived the first couple years of our marriage.
P. mentioned his specialty was early 20th century British authors. My thoughts immediately went to JRR Tolkienâ€¦Iâ€™m a big fan of fantasy and sci fi literature and film.
Back at the office, around 1:15, my wife called and asked if I could pick up a prescription for her and bring it to her office. My pharmacy is within my workplace and my wifeâ€™s office is only 6 blocks from my office, so it was a quick errand. Perks of living in a compact city like Muncie! My wife was very grateful. Sheâ€™s been sick for over a week so Iâ€™m glad she finally went to the doctor.
The rest of my afternoon was uneventful and consisted of a conference call and project planning work. Headed out promptly at 5 to get home and let the dogs out.
A little before 6-on the road to my monthly â€˜beer clubâ€™ meeting. I am the founding member and principal organizer of a social group that meets to taste about craft beer. We have about 45 members, with regular attendance of 10-15 people at each gathering. Tonightâ€™s meeting was held at Muncieâ€™s newest downtown restaurant, Three Wisemen Brewing.
Home a little after 9, conversed with my wife about the nightâ€™s activities, spent some time on Facebook, commented on a couple of posts by high school friends, posted pictures from beer club on our FB page and noted who was present. Flipped on the tv as a distraction and watched a portion of an episode of Criminal Minds on Netflix.
Didnâ€™t get in a workout today, so I made a mental note to add some time to my workout on Thursday.
10:30, my usual routine of prepping the coffee maker for morning, taking my medicine, and letting the dogs out one last time. In bed a little before 11.