Tonsil Boy

Hi Everyone, So many people, so many things happening in mine and my family's lives. This is to help keep everyone updated on my journey through tonsil cancer. Please excuse poor grammer and spelling. (Weasle has already corrected my grammer twice).Please pass along this site to our friends. Click on "COMMENTS" to read them or to leave a comment.

Friday, November 25, 2005

5 Weeks down only 2 left

Above are the members of "Randy's Escort Service". These happy peeps have been driving me to radiation and various doctor appointments. Between them there are 2 knee,1 hip and 2 shoulders replacements. December 14 will be Ken's first knee replacement and in the near future there will be a mystery hip replacement. With these credentials you know these people know their way to the hosptal. A special thanks to Bob Kessler for the precurement of the sweatshirts. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Thanks for you Love, Prayers and Support!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

What I'm Thankful For

What I'm Thankful For:
-News that the cancer is on the run
-A day without nausea
-Great memories that the limericks have sparked
-A day without vomitting
-Having my family home for the holiday
-Getting three cans of food in my tube
-Sleeping for an hour and a half before the mucous gags me
-Having this blog and knowing that people care about me
-Losing 26 pounds
-Not having to clean the house and cook dinner for everyone
-Only 2 and a half weeks to go
-Having Great family and friends

Thursday, November 17, 2005


PappaNuzz put the limerick challenge out there a few days ago. I have had some excellent responses. Below I listed the ones received under comments in other sections. In the future leave limericks under the comments in this section. That way they will all be in the same section for your vewing pleasure. Please watch the language in that little people are reading these. Please sign your limericks!!! We want you to get credit for a job well done.

..."There once was a boy with a monkey...Jewish by birth,not a honkey...he likes to hunt deer and drink lots of beer...he starred in a film with a donkey" PappaNuzz

.... That boy, his monkey's name was Ollie....ran back and forth in his cage, so jolly...You can still hear that shout, "I'LL NEVER LET YOU OUT"....'cause Ollie bit him and made the boy pout. Chris

...I remember my first trip to a party somewhere they called P.G...there was lots of booze...I had the wrong shoes...I spent the whole night on my hiney. PappaNuzz

...There once was a man from Glen Arm...seemed always lived a life of charm....till cancer did struck him...but he didn't let it _ _ _ _ him....we pray that he comes to no harm..... PappaNuzz

....There once was a boy named Randy
Whose tonsils became small and sandy
During the day he sleeps
While the nurse peeps
At the meatsickle which is still dandy... Unknown Author

Purple Pizza
Kinda Neat-sa
Tasty Treat-sa
Makes you pee-sa ... LG

There once was a man from Prince Georges
Who married a Wease who was quite gorgeous.
No way cancer will stop him
With Bone Bus karma behind him
So by New Years that boy will be stumpendous... EAP (Edger Allan Poe)

The rest of the limericks should be found under comments in this section.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

2nd Day of vacation

Hi everyone,
This vacation thing is not the Carribean cruise I thought it was going to be. I wasn't expecting to be seasick the entire time. The doctors say that the cancer is melting away and that I look great for where I am in the treatment. I would hate to see what those other people looked and felt like. The doctors have set a date of Dec 5 for me to go into the hospital for 24/7 chemotherapy. I will be released Saturday the 10th and my treatments will then be over!!! Then my recovery begins.
Thanks for all the words of encouragement, prayers, and now limericks.
My love to all

Friday, November 11, 2005

3 Weeks Down

Photo By Brian Burgess

Three weeks are now under my belt. I go in Monday Nov 14, 2005 for 2 radiation treatments.. Then, I am off for a week and restart radiation Tuesday Nov 22, 2005. This week off is to let me rebuild my strength for the next round of treatments. The pictures (click on them to enlarge them)above are the REAL untouched photos of my NEW treatment that I will begin Tuesday Nov 15 during my week off. I do look forward to my new treatment and the week off!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Tuesday Oct , 2005

There is no modesty in the hopital. In this picture, Nurse Marie is giving me one of the 2 shots I get of Ethyol a 1/2 hour prior to the morning radiation. The Ethyol gives me a 30% chance of saving part of my salivary glands. It may not look it but my legs are getting thinner. You should have seen them before I started losing weight. Great news today from my radiation oncologist----she looked down my throat and said that the cancer is going away on my tonsil!

Thanks for all the support and prayers!!

A special shout out to Melanoma Man, Paul Jackson. Thursday he goes under the knife to have his armpit lymph nodes removed. This is due to having a cancerous mole removed plus 1 of 3 cancerous lymph nodes removed last month. All our prayers are with him and Rhonda.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Sunday Night and 2 weeks down

Hey, look who found me at home this week. Yes, it is the skinny wench from the hospital! She seems to have lost a little weight too. As of today, I've lost a total of 17 pounds! Today I had no nausea which is a good thing. This may end tomorrow when my radiation treatments restart. Not to gross anyone out, but it seems that inquiring minds want to know. My salivary glands are drying up. I now have thick gobs in my mouth that need to be expelled every 30 to 60 minutes. So now I sleep for about an hour at a time and wake up gagging to spit and go back to sleep. The board that I hold in the picture is for writing messages. I don't talk much because of the gobbos in my mouth. The family likes me not talking. I can't seem to write fast enough to keep up with their "talking at me". I enjoyed the walk I took today with Weasle, which was a nice change.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Another Week almost done

Sorry about not keeping up with the blog, but the nausea has been keeping me down. The mornings seem to start out OK until I get a shot before the morning radiation. I'm getting an experimental drug called Ethyol. It has a 30% chance of saving some of my salivary glands. However, it has some potential side effects, one of them being nausea. But, I'll deal with the nausea for the chance of being in that 30%. I come home about 9:30, take some anti-nausea drug and sleep till 2:25. Then I go back for my 3:00 radiation. At night, I seem to be sleeping well. Weasle & the kids have been wonderful, putting up with my moods, tastes and general ooggieness. Thanks to everyone that has been sending food for Weasle & the girls. This has enabled them to help me. You guys rock my sox! My hope is that some of this nausea is a carry over from last week's chemo and that it will subside by the weekend. Love to all.