The next treatment is tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it. Well, maybe I'm just looking forward to being on the other side of Monday so that I can resume regaining my strength. I was feeling really good today until noon. Then it all just evaporated at once. It was really weird. I had just gone to the store for some juice and came back and listened to some music (Bartók Piano Concerto #3, some Zhou Long, and Kevin Walczyk in case you're curious). Then I watched a crappy movie, but enjoyed it. It wasn't until about 8pm that I got around to checking email. I hope I don't let it go that long again. ;) I also called the Oregon DMV. I have had several people ask about if I'm clear to drive. My doctors have all cleared me, but there seems to be a thing with Oregon law. After talking to the DMV, it seems that I'm ok. But I got another call in response to an email I sent, so hopefully I didn't ask too much. ;) I am on some anti-seizure medicine leftover from the craniotomy. I'll ask the doc tomorrow for more details.
OH, and by the way:
The efforts for the Portland benefit concert have been in high gear, but the online face is up:
Koncert for Kevin happens on June 30th at the West Hills Unitarian Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Road, Portland, OR (map) I'll be playing in both the Portland Jazz Connection and the Carroll Raum Swing Orchestra (careful - sound in the link) for this one. Here's the Facebook Event Page, graciously created by one of the members of the big band.
Sorry! It's been two weeks. I've been really busy and again, it's catching up with me. But there's news! I'll be slowing down next week for sure. "Stereotactic Brain Irradiation" begins on Monday morning, then again on Thursday morning, and for a third and final time the following Monday morning. I'm ashamed to admit that I've known this for a week or so and am just now posting to the blog about it, hence the apology at the beginning of the post. All in all, things are going really well, except I can't keep up with what I need to do. My average weekday now entails getting to work at about 9am (or so) and working until 1 (or 11 as it more often the case) and then taking a nap for an hour an a half, then working around the house, whether on housework or music, then dinner and chill-out time with Jai, then a little more work on music before going to bed at insanely early times (like 8:30 or 9pm.) I was telling people that I was up to about 85%, but I think the reality is that that 85% only lasts for about 3 hours at a time. The overal average is that I'm probably at about 60% of my former stamina and ability to get stuff done. It's pretty frustrating and I just kicked a little depression about it, but now I'm looking forward to making some more music. I'll post some of that soon.
It's me, Kevin, but with a brain tumor. Disclaimer: I have a very dry and twisted sense of humor. This is a scary situation. The jokes ("tumor humor") could be a little dark from time to time. I intend to keep this rather interesting for you, but if I get a "how could you SAY that?!?" response from you, know it's just, well, I hesitate to use "gallows" humor, but I don't have better phrase for it. Enjoy, and thanks for your support through this time.