you take the good, you take the bad…

March 18, 2006 under Cancer, Life, Lymphoma

While the past two weeks have been full of excitement and highs for me, what with a new job and all. There’s also a really big low. My mom’s indolent non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma has transformed into the most agressive kind. This was confirmed by a lymphnode biopsy last week.

She’s been hospitalized since February 20th; one week following her second CVP+R (Cyclophosphamide, Vincristine, and Prednisone with Rituximab) treatment. The tumor on one of the lymphnodes in her neck seems to have responded well. However, a tumor on top of her left lung has grown significantly and is putting pressure on some blood vessels and drainage paths. For the past two weeks, she has been in the ICU at Grand River Hospital. Prior to that, when she was somewhat able to move around, she was on the supportive oncology floor (8th) at Grand River.

Now in the ICU, she’s on a respirator so that she can conserver her engery. She’s in a funky air-powered bed that pulses and can turn her automatically. She’s drugged most of the time and is being fed a high-protein formulation via a tube down her esophagus. Because the Lymphoma has transformed into the aggressive kind, she only has one treatment option left; CHOP+R (Cyclophosphamide, Adriamycin, Vincristine and Prednisone with Rituximab). She got this treatment last Friday. Her oncologist said that if it works, she has a few months of rehabilitation to look forward to. If it doesn’t work…well, then I won’t have a mom anymore. Her oncologist mentioned that out of the five people that she’s treated who have had aggressive non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and were in a similar state to my mom, four didn’t make it and one lived. The one who lived was 80 years-old and this was prior to the availability of Rituximab. Either way, she’s being well taken care of in ICU (Sherry the nurse rawks!). Hopefully all turns out well and this chemo concoction does the trick. We should find out if it will kick the cancer’s ass within the next week or two.

Now you’re all caught up and know why Dena and I aren’t around much as of late.

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first2weeks

March 17, 2006 under Life

Here’s a summation of my first two weeks at Desire2Learn.

# of Keyboards Used: 3 (I loathe “ergonomic” keyboards)
# of Lines of Code That I Wrote: 8 lines of VBScript and 14 lines of JScript
# of Free Lunches: 5
# of Times That I Felt Like a Dumbass: 4
# of Times That I Felt Smart: 1
# of Hours Spent in Meetings/Training Sessions/Info Sessions: 43
# of Hours Spent in Front of My Computer: 14
# of Times Refered To As “New Guy”: 1
# of Times I Crashed a Server: 1 (brought the CRM server down real good)
# of Dogs That I Petted: 3
# of Beers Consumed in the Office: 1
# of Birthday Celebrations Witnessed: 2

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desire2be out of the in-house

March 3, 2006 under Life

Today was my last day as the software developer / network administrator / system administrator / web developer at In-House Solutions. I had been there since February 14, 2000. Although I have been working since the age of 13, it was my first job after graduating from university.

Starting Monday, I’ll be joining the Enterprise Applications department at Desire2Learn with the title of Business Systems Developer. What does that mean? I’ll be working on projects that affect the entire company. In this role, I’ll be analyzing and solving enterprise-scale problems, and I’ll get a chance to hone my .NET, SQL (by way of SQL Server, so T-SQL too) and ASP programming skills.

Desire2Learn is a company that develops slick Internet eLearning software, is passionate about technology, and they’re growing like mad. I’m psyched to be joining them. In-House Solutions was a great way for me to become exposed to the “real world” and the tech department there was a great department to be a part of, but I need to keep my career on an upward trajectory and I think Desire2Learn is a perfect company for me to be joining.

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