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12/13/2014 5:14:43 PM -
Saturday's Hangover and Events

Currently undergoing Chemotherapy to treat Systemic Ulcerative Colitis as a last measure.


No bones about it, Friday night was bad. All I wanted to do was get to bed before I vomited. My chemo is broken up into 3 doses and each dose makes me feel like I've drank a full bottom of red wine.

By 4 in the morning my head was exploding, my face was red, my throat and stomach were both on fire, I crawled into bed trying to fall asleep before I began vomiting. I won't lie, the pain was hard.

Then I woke up Saturday morning and laid in bed till afternoon and had to take another dose of chemo.

My wife wanted to take me out to dinner, she had a gift certificate to TGI Fridays, one of our favorite places to eat (we know too many people there). Sitting there I watched my son play in the playground area and got butterflies in my stomach.

My wife and I spent every EVERY Friday Night at TGI Fridays for years. We never even had to call and make reservations, they held us two spots at the bar every single Friday night and we would spend HOURS at the bar, till they closed down. We couldn't go to THAT particular location of Fridays once we had my son and our friend became a manager at the Fridays in the Mall so that gave me options.

I used to bring my son to the Fridays in The Mall every day because there was a big indoor playground inside the mall and we could go to Fridays, I could feel like an adult and he and I could also play on their playground as well. I used to bring him inside in his stroller and now I was looking at him and watching him climb on top of the play house and jump around. He has grown up so much and it scares me how he will change in the coming years.

Will he still love me as much?

Will he still want to go places with me?

Will I still be cool enough to be around or will he prefer that I drop him off with his friends instead of going to Fridays with me to eat?

Either way...right now I still have to help him take off his shirt and take selfies with Bat Man.

I had to sit at the table for a while before we could go but my wife took me home instead of taking me out anywhere else. I wanted to hit the couch but we really needed to get our tree up as soon as possible. I haven't been able to help get it up for the last week so every day I've brought a piece down the stairs to the living room.

As usual, my son put the star on top of the tree.

I put up my camera and we took some "family photos" as well. The photos tell all the story that you will need so I will leave it at this.

Just before this photo I did say "BIG SMILES EVERYONE"

Then...THEN I got to lay down on the couch. Almost alone...

A Full Day,
Clint Darden

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