Martha and her clippings
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I hope you found my "100 things about me" interesting. I thought I'd show you some photos that illustrate a few of the items in the "100 things" list. You'll even get to see my 10 lb. pet Australian rabbit
Me at age two in my Dad's Salvation Army hat
Age five, with my Mother
The wild rabbits my Mom and I raised in her bedroom slippers
Bun-Bun, my 10 lb. pet Australian rabbit
Meisha, my companion for 16 years
Right after my baptism, 2002
Krissy and I at our wedding, May 2005
Our Maine Coon Cat Michael
Getting chemo before my bone marrow transplant
Bone Marrow Transplant Day
Monday, October 22, 2007
51. I'm sad to admit that I've only been to two Star Trek
52. Oddly enough, some people are surprised to learn that I like
53. When I was in fourth grade, my Dad told me I was missing the
point when I felt sorry for Charlie Brown instead of laughing
54. One good thing came out of a year of bone marrow transplant
complications: I went from 275 pounds to 175 pounds. But as
a weight loss plan, I wouldn't recommend it.
55. Our new apartment has been without television cable service
since we moved in three weeks ago. So far I haven't missed it.
56. I was named after the Protestant reformer and no-nonsense
Scotsman John Knox. I'm sure my parents grieved when I
converted to Catholicism.
57. My ancestors were Highland Scots who were mostly horse
thieves. They fled to Nova Scotia to escape execution. A
proud family heritage . . .
58. I've never worn a kilt or played the bagpipes, but I do enjoy a
round of golf now and then.
59. I've had more than 60 days of chemotherapy treatments.
60. Krissy and I have already named our first two children, but
after all that chemo we're not likely to have kids.
61. After my transplant, I developed a red-blood-cell-destroying
disorder called hemolytic anemia. I must have had 100 blood
transfusions, needing as many as seven bags of blood a day.
62. I haven't needed a transfusion since February, thank God.
63. One of my post-transplant medications damaged my kidneys,
causing total kidney failure in the summer of 2006. I had to
be on dialysis for two weeks.
64. My kidneys recovered to 25 or 30 percent normal function,
enough to keep me off dialysis.
65. I'll probably have to go back on permanent dialysis eventually.
66. The Green Bay Packers are my favorite football team.
67. Krissy's mother thinks I look like James Taylor.
68. My Mom claims that I'm responsible for her hair turning grey.
69. From third grade to eighth grade I played trumpet in our
70. To my surprise, I survived the Disco Era without needing
71. When I was 15 I had a crush on Princess Leia from Star Wars.
72. I have a 30 year old potted philodendron named Martha.
73. My immunities regularly drop to a dangerously low level,
forcing me to wear a surgical mask everywhere I go. When I
walk into a convenience store, the people there often think I'm
going to rob the store, and watch me with slack-jawed dread.
74. Krissy jokes that I should wear a shirt which reads, "Don't
shoot! I had a transplant."
75. When I was eight years old, I was throwing stones in our front
yard while my Dad was mowing the lawn. He came around the
side of the house and a stone caught him in the head. He hit the
ground like a bag of bricks. I think he would have killed me if
he had been able to get up.
76. A black cat named Meisha was my close companion for 16
years. After occasionally boarding her at the animal hospital,
she would ignore me for days.
77. When I was a teenager, I liked to catch snakes. Sometimes I
was bitten, but not very often.
78. My Dad introduced me to classical music when I was ten. I
loved it. He told me that I might enjoy what I had heard so
far, but if I heard more I wouldn't like it. My Dad was wrong.
79. When I was young my parents liked to take me to the zoo. My
favorite exhibit was the reptile house. My Dad would say,
"You're weird, John."
80. I give our diabetic cat Michael two insulin shots a day, just like
I do for my wife.
81. I don't like candy or sweets very much.
82. However, I do enjoy bread pudding with vanilla sauce. Krissy
says bread pudding tastes like wet bread. She doesn't know
what she's missing.
83. My favorite restaurants are Red Lobster and Outback
84. Once when Krissy and I were in a restaurant, a waitress
dumped a tray of food on me. It didn't do my leather jacket
85. In my twenties I volunteered in a nursing home, spending time
with an elderly man. All he wanted me to do was watch
television with him.
86. Once I tried to bake brownies. I left them in the oven so long
that they baked to the consistency of hockey pucks.
87. I like octopus, squid, and frog's legs, if they are cooked
88. I saw the original Star Wars movie 13 times during the first
year it was released.
89. When I was 13 I got a chemistry set for Christmas. I
learned some valuable principles of combustion by charring a
large section of my bedroom carpet.
90. Health permitting, I attend monthly meetings of a local
91. We moved 16 times before I was 21.
92. I still watch the television specials A Charlie Brown Christmas
and How the Grinch Stole Christmas every year.
93. I enjoy listening to my Box Set of J. S. Bach's Complete Organ
Works, a gift from Sassydee50 (Deb).
94. My favorite holiday is Christmas. My next favorite is Easter.
95. Some of my favorite movies are Pride and Prejudice, A
Beautiful Mind, and Jane Eyre (the Masterpiece Theater
96. The book I'm currently reading is Sense and Sensibility by
97. I wear long sleeves, long pants, and a wide-brimmed Australian
hat to keep the sun off my skin. People who have had bone
marrow transplants are at high risk for skin cancer.
98. I love Krissy dearly.
99. I find that writing an online journal is addictive.
100. In the priorities of my life, Jesus comes first.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I realized that I haven't properly introduced myself to you yet, so here are 100 things about me.
1. I am 45 years old.
2. I have survived two cancers: Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and
3. I had a bone marrow transplant in January 2006.
4. I had many severe complications after my bone marrow
transplant which kept me in a hospital bed for almost a year.
5. I remember when gas was 18 cents a gallon.
6. My favorite color in clothes is brown.
7. People keep trying to add color to my wardrobe. They have
been a little successful. Very little.
8. My father has finally started buying me neutral colored clothes,
but always throws in one colorful shirt in an attempt to make me
wear it. He is not successful.
9. My favorite television program is The O'Reilly Factor.
10. I drink three or four cups of coffee a day.
11. I don't do mornings.
12. In college I majored in astronomy and psychology. Ipreferred
13. I dance about as well as Al Gore.
14. When I was young I wanted to be a pilot.
15. I didn't meet the height requirement.
16. When I was a boy I liked dinosaurs, Peanuts comic strips, and
17. As a teenager I loved to go in my room to read and to listen to
18. I liked classical music and heavy metal.
19. My favorite subjects in high school were my science classes.
20. My worst subject was Phys Ed.
21. When I was young my parents were Captains in the Salvation
Army, then my Dad switched careers to the United Way.
22. I have only watched a few minutes of American Idol.
23. When I was six, my Mom raised wild baby rabbits; at first she
kept them in her bedroom slippers, then in a box. Later we set
them free in a field.
24. In third grade I had a large pet Australian rabbit named
25. My Mom decided that this would be his name, and that was the
end of it. I always hated the name.
26. I was raised Protestant and became Catholic at age 40.
27. During college I did a lot of sleepwalking, and I would
rearrange the furniture in my sleep.
28. I would wake up wondering how the furniture got moved around.
29. Once I put my hand through a windowpane while I was asleep.
I don't think my landlady believed that I was asleep when I
broke the window.
30. My wife is diabetic. I give her two insulin shots a day.
31. I once had a job as a janitor in a hospital.
32. One of my responsibilities at the hospital was to take
amputated limbs to the cemetery for burial. It was a Catholic
hospital, and they believed that even limbs should be buried.
33. At the Catholic hospital I went to the department picnics.
They drank beer and listened to polka music.
34. I hate polka music.
35. Drunk people are annoying to me, especially when they get
rowdy and destructive.
36. Parents who don't discipline their children also annoy me.
37. I like 19th century classic British literature.
38. I almost drowned in a friend's swimming pool when I was nine
39. One year for Halloween I went Trick or Treating as a tax
40. When I was very young my favorite television show was
41. In junior high school I was a Trekkie, but I grew out of it and
became a Star Trek fan.
42. There are 17 keys on my key ring. I have no idea what ten of
them are for.
43. My favorite soda is ginger beer -- the English kind, not the
44. I met my wife in a Starbucks coffee shop at a local
Barnes & Noble.
45. I dated Krissy for seven years before we got married.
46. On our honeymoon we toured a bat-filled cave, took an exotic
animal safari, and visited ReptileLand.
47. Krissy and I spent our first wedding anniversary in a hospital
room at Hershey Medical Center. The nurses threw a little
party for us.
48. For a long time my favorite breakfast was hot dogs and
49. On Christmas morning when I was 14, I was delighted to receive
the dictionary I had asked for.
50. Brussels sprouts are my favorite vegetable.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Me and my non-alcoholic Ginger Beer
My name is John. My wife Krissy writes the journal Sometimes I Think. You may have heard about me from reading her journal. I'm the guy who spent most of 2006 in the hospital recovering from a bone marrow transplant.
I've included a picture of myself. We have just moved into a new apartment and we haven't finished unpacking yet. Here I'm taking a break to drink my favorite soda, Ginger Beer (the English variety, not the Jamaican kind).
If you haven't seen a picture of me before, it might be like when you hear a DJ on the radio and form a mental image of him. Then one day you see him and he looks nothing like you expected. So . . . do I look like you thought I would?