February, 2020

Happy Anniversary Babe!

Happy Anniversary Babe!

Married six years today! Well done us. I remember it well – had to be up early that morning to get ready for the monk ceremony which was a beautiful way to start the day. Then heading to Bang Rak to complete the formalities. Finally the reception – we really stuffed up there, having it on a pay-day Friday and Bangkok put on some of her worst traffic ever with folks stuck in two-hour taxi rides from hell. We had the easy part, just standing around and thinking no-one was coming 555. My father would pass away only a few…

In stasis

In stasis

Nothing puts a dent in your hopes and dreams like cancer. Forget about next month, all we can really do is worry about the immediate future. What’s on the docket for next week, so to speak. ‘In stasis’ – an apt if unusual term. We’ve finished the first round of chemo and the next one kicks off on March 4th. We recently filed the insurance paperwork and haven’t heard back yet. Hoping they don’t stuff us around. You only discover how good your insurance is when you make a claim. The wife then bundled us into an accident policy, which…

Life rolls on

Life rolls on

Another first – pushing the wife around the local mall in a wheelchair! I might as well have been driving a bulldozer as people can’t get out of the way fast enough. Lovin it! In many ways, life rolls on! Meals have to be prepped, dishes washed and clothes hung out to dry. I’ve got all that sorted, this is where I can really shine. Housework – so meditative! I washed the car for the first time last weekend. As good a 30-minute workout as I would have had at the gym. Had I attended one. Which I don’t. Hate…

Cloudy, with a chance of chemo

Cloudy, with a chance of chemo

At least she has a decent view, I thought, as I ponder the 200 buck plus price of the room for her one night stay. Ah, the concrete jungle which is Bangkok. How I miss gazing out at it while near comatose in the back of a taxi after the bars have called “Time, Gentlemen”. While the jungle animals were mostly asleep and the traffic a little lighter. Those halcyon days. Be here now. We’ve checked in to the hospital and visited the food court. Pretty decent offerings by the look of it but I’m not hungry. The Mrs has…

My wife has cancer – Now what?

My wife has cancer – Now what?

My wife Tam was recently diagnosed with cancer. That’s so fucked. But then I thought “In six months I’ll be able to own this joke”: Me: My wife got burnt the other day. Friend: Badly? Me: Yeah, they don’t fuck around at the crematorium. The above should illustrate two things about me: 1) I’ll need humour to get through this and 2) I swear It’s a lot to come to terms with, in a short space of time. Here’s the latest: Disclaimer I’m not a medical professional and treatments described here may not be suitable for anyone else. If you…