This past Wednesday I had my first PET CT scan since starting my chemotherapy treatments. The PET scan, as it is called, is a test used by doctors to visualize inside your body. If you have cancer, it shows up as a “hot spot” on the visual part of the test, which looks like a futuristic x-ray.
I’ve had more than two dozen PET scans over the years, but let me tell you — while waiting for the doctor to call and discuss the results of the test, time seems to crawl along. You find yourself trying to keep busy doing just about anything – like writing this blog entry – for example.
I would love to hear my doctor tell me that the scan shows all my cancer is gone. And there is a possibility he’ll say that. But, I’m also prepared for him to tell me something a little less conclusive.
I’m scheduled to begin my third round of chemo this Monday. My chemotherapy regimen is a five-day long, in-the-hospital process that runs round the clock. Shortly after being admitted to the cancer unit, I’ll get hooked up to an IV pump that literally becomes my companion for my entire stay. It goes with me everywhere. It sleeps alongside me, goes to the bathroom with me, and accompanies me on walks around the hospital corridors. I refer to it as my R2 unit, which unfortunately is lost on nearly all of the nurses in my unit because they were born after the original Star Wars came out.
I’m still trying to digest Kyle Petty’s comments about Danica Patrick. I completely understand what he was saying and definitely understand WHY he said it. Petty’s comments, said in the context of Patrick having been the only driver to make the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, (which frankly doesn’t mean a hill of beans to most NASCAR fans) were meant to stir the pot and nothing more.
As far as I’m concerned, Patrick is a race car driver. Is her talent of championship caliber? No, it’s not. Not even close. Her presence on the track at Sprint Cup races this season has evolved into more of a distraction than anything else. I would have to believe that every week in the pre-race meetings of the television production crew (TNT, Fox Sports and ESPN..especially ESPN, which has an obvious love affair with Patrick) there is always a “What’s the Danica story this week?” question poised to the staff.
In my opinion, the success of driver Darrell Wallace is far more important to the long-term future of NASCAR than anything Danica Patrick will do with a race car. If you don’t know who Darrell Wallace is yet, you should find out.
Has she learned enough about the race car she’s driving to be able to contribute anything of value to the engineering team at Stewart-Haas Racing and could that lack of worthwhile feedback from the team’s third Sprint Cup car hurt its efforts so far this season?
Bottom line here…Kyle Petty was right. But NASCAR needs a novelty act like Patrick to attract the eyes of both new fans and old fans, alike.
Meanwhile…I’m still waiting for that phone call.
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