So many readers missed hearing from Lyle last week that I contacted him to see if he was up to telling us how he is doing. He was kind enough to spend a few minutes updating me and says that he’s seen a marked improvement in the past few days, which is good news. Our interview follows. –Deb Levy
Q-So Lyle, how are you doing?
A-Well, you’ve actually reached me at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Ill., which is about 12 blocks from where I grew up. Interesting how life’s twists and turns seem to work out.
Q-A full-circle type thing, you mean?
A-I’m sitting here in room 6312 undergoing my next round of chemo and, while I have had some incredibly difficult tough moments physically, I am sitting up watching a ballgame and feeling better than I have in at least in a week.
Q-So that’s a victory. You are feeling a bit better?
A-Overall, I am feeling a lot better thanks. Unless you’ve gone through a chemotherapy regime I don’t think it’s humanly possible to understand what it’s like. Even though I expected it would be a battle, I would not have expected it to be as rough as it has been. And as the world knows, I am a really tough guy without an ounce of mush in me. And, if there was any mush I think the chemo got that too.
Q-So you are planning on coming back to us then?
A-Believe me, I want to come back. I have had a lot of time to think. In some almost weird way, the glass industry is a cancer all its own.
Q-Wow, is that you or the meds talking Lyle?
A-I am not totally sure. My daughter Amy already thinks I am suffering from “chemobrain,” which not only causes temporary lapses in short-term memory but also takes away all chance of clarity temporarily. She may be wrong, though … because in the middle of the night when I am not sleeping I seem to have incredible clarity … it’s just remembering it in the morning that’s a challenge.
Q-Is there anything you would like to say to all your well-wishers?
A-Yes, I want to thank them profusely for their numerous emails and outreach. I also want to apologize to people for not getting back to them with responses yet. I am just not functioning at a very high level yet but I will get caught up as soon as I can.
And I want to thank those who, because of their faith, feel comfortable praying for me. As a person of faith, there is nothing greater you can do on my behalf, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Q-Is there anything else you want to talk about?
A-Aren’t you going to ask me about sports?
Q-Sure, because I could tell you the White Sox are in the play-offs and in your current state you might believe me.
A-No, because I can read the papers. That won’t work. Deb … it is Deb isn’t it? Hey Deb, thanks for calling and tell everyone I will try and get back to legitimate writing, if it could ever have been called such, as soon as possible.
Q-Will do, Lyle. Get better, huh?
A-I’m working on it.
Postscript to today’s blog: Lyle was released from the hospital this afternoon and is back home.