31 March 2009

I'm Just Burnin'

One of the many fascinating things about Chad’s recovery has been his ability to recall certain memories in the most minute detail. It is as if the removal of the tumor cleared pathways to parts of the brain that normal people – mere mortals – cannot typically access.

Several weeks ago he remembered a detailed scene from Don’t Tell Mom, the Babysitter’s Dead, which no one (including Chad) has seen in at least 15 years. Immediately after surgery when it was difficult for him to remember his own name, he remembered the names of obscure species of fish, information no doubt accumulated throughout his nearly two-decade career with PetSmart.

He laments that it is all of the useless stuff that comes back so easily, like the names of Christopher Cross songs and vulgar quotes from the Howard Stern Show. (By the way, I am thrilled about his ability to reference the latter; Shannon is not so thrilled.) But regardless of which memories and skills return and how fast, he is continuing to make progress on all fronts. He works diligently each day to bring his new and improved brain back up to speed.

Chad also remembers that his favorite Pointer Sisters song is “Neutron Dance,” which I must admit is a sound choice. Except he remembered the video as well, which is nothing short of superhuman. Now you can remember it too:

Weren't those the days, when you could just dance around in a movie theatre and call it a music video?! Good times.

And Chad starts treatment today. Let’s wish him well.



  1. Chad,

    Wishing you the best as you start treatment. While we're on videos, I seem to remember Phil Collins and Genesis videos to a creepy extent. Huh. Wonder why that is. My best to you and Shannon.


  2. Hey Now! (that's Howard Stern's Hello for those of you who don't know)

    Good Luck Chad! We'll be thinking of you and sending you strong vibes to a speedy recovery! Shannon Q, thinking of you too, miss you, and sending you lots of hugs!

    Baba Booey, Baba Booey!

    Val and Marc

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. God bless you and Shannon.

  4. Hi kids,

    Scooter and I wanted to send you our love and let you know we are thinking of you always...

    Love, Aunt Cathy