Light at the end of the Tunnel

Written Feb 7, 2013 4:36pm 
 


 

LIGHT AT END OF THE TUNNEL !!

This is truly the day Karen and I have been praying to see.

After all the trials and tribulation’s my wife, family and myself have endured for 3 1/2 years. The checkup in Little Rock was “wonderful” as the Doc related. Doc also said, you will be off chemo as you know it, in 10 weeks. Only pills from now on. After 3 1/2 years of chemo every Monday can it be true, only 10 more sessions.
Hallelujah brother !!

Furthermore, I asked the doc what this meant for the overall prognosis of survival off the drugs combating this cancer. The answer, “you should have no problems for 8 to 10 years or longer. The data suggests you will live a long and fruitful life.”

Really do love data analysis, don’t you?

Well so much for the life policy everyone has been making sure is paid on time.

Truly praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!

Dr. W. said to continue doing my current regime and asked what that consisted of everyday. I answered,” walk five miles, do 30 push-ups, play 18 holes of golf.” Doc was astounded and said he cannot do that!
 Anyway, Doc suggested I change nothing in my routine
...therefore, I will also continue to drink heavily as well !!
 
Just kidding.

Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers. 




SIDENOTES AND VICIOUS RUMORS

  • Auburn will win 9 games in 2013
  • Ole miss will win the national championship
  • Sabin will become ambassador to Cuba
  • Ceasor Obama will spend $36 million this year going to and fro (no pun) Hawaii the “motherland”
  • Ray “Limo” Lewis will become a senator from Buckhead area of AtlantaA

 Wine Review

Tonight is a Christian Moueix 2005 Pomerol, a bordeaux wine which is a merlot cabernet franc blend. Firm on the get go, balanced on the palate with a nice long finish. Vey nice indeed… I give it a 92 MAF. Very good for $18 bucks

Cheers from Valley Head

Karen, Mark and all

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still dodging bullets

 

 

 

Squamous Cell Carcinoma … Still Dodging Bullets

Written Aug 28, 2012 3:21pm 

The last 48 hours

Monday 7:00 am , Went to Chattanooga, dropped Karen and Lillie at chemo doctor for check up … Jo was there to meet with them. Lillie is good to go for another month!

Rushed over to the eye doc for emergency eye check for an amoeba floating around in the lens. After eye dilation the eye doc said it was normal aging process not an amoeba!
10:30 … went back to chemo doc, got my weekly dose of chemicals, and picked up Karen/Lillie. Dropped Lillie off in Valley Head and headed to Bham for pre-op appt at 3:30 with skin cancer Doc.

Along these same lines, this morning at approximately 6:30, Dr Monheit in Bham, cut out a portion of the outside mouth below the lip. Following 50 minutes he came in and said, “we got all the cancer through a vertical ventuscular inclusion section and now will repair you with a cum sum lada Efrem Zimblas, Jr technique”. I excitedly replied, ” sounds good to me”.
Got home at 11:30 am with a fat face and accompanying fat lip. I look like the “blob that ate Milwaukee”.

With all this said, the good Lord is still blocking all the fiery bullets coming our way, so he must have plans for me and mine.

 ” and he must needs go to Samaria.”

My mom, “mother Mary, had the same technique performed last week on her leg and is doing great!

Karen, I and all our families appreciate the many thoughts and prayers from all !

It humbles us greatly.

Cheers from Valley Head
Karen and Mark

the beat goes on ….

 

 

The beat goes on …

Written Aug 12, 2012 5:51pm

  Martin colony I host and caretake ……

Sorry it has taken so long to update from our trip to Little Rock…but I’m almost 61 … ain’t it great!!!

ME
The great news first …. STILL IN REMISSION!!!!!! and Dr.W says the prognosis is for a long and fruitful life. Even though we do not live in San Francisco I can deal with the fruit part.

Karen and I were in Arkansas last week for the 6 month roundup test. Everything is green and go.

Also, saw the dermatologist as a routine and they (2) found two squamous cell carcinomas which were biopsed. They are cancer and now am scheduled for a MOHS  surgery on both. I hope they leave some of my face.
As September and football season approaches, I, being of good faith and sound mind, wore my Auburn national championship shirts throughout the hospital for 2 days. None the less, you can certainly appreciate the many random and off the cuff links remarks hurled my way. After all, I was 3 years old the last time Auburn won a national championship.

After many comments and serious discussion of the upcoming fall frenzy, one theme kept being asked of me.

What is the difference between Auburn and Alabama fans?
What a philosopical question to ponder … in Little Rock Arkansas.
Several days of deep thought and sleepless nights consumed my brain on this question. Here is what I came up with:

  • Most Auburn fans went to Auburn and actually studied …possibly even graduating
  • Most Alabama fans buy a butt ugly marone vehicle of some sort and put A’s all over it … go figure
  • Most Alabama fans are really not from Alabama but above the Mason Dixon which we do not recognize as civilization.
  • Most Alabama fans ALWAYS wear a hat or shirt or pants with Alabama plastered on it… every day… can you say give it a break
  • Most Auburn fans are polite , courteous and intelligent … need say more
  • Auburn fans celebrate victories in the spirit of sports… Alabama fans tend to appreciate the poisoning of trees and defamtion of character. Hey its a stupid football game!!
  • Most Auburn fans live in houses … bama fans tend towards mobile homes

Welll thats about enough of that rant as I’m sure someone is po out there in la la land.

KAREN
Karen is still fighting her knot on shoulder from surgery. However, not much if anything can be done about it.. so she just keeps on going about her duties … no problem.

Lillie
Probably doing better than anyone, Lillie continues to amaze all of us. She now walks around doing flowers , yard stuff without any walker…cooks when she wants and does all her house chores by herself. Also drives to town and mailbox to do whatever. All this without being too bucky. Unbelievable!!

WINE REVIEW
May God forgive me.. to tired to go to church today but the wine must flow…… have mercy.
Tonight is a Chateau Gazin Rocquencourt 2005 …. very balanced on the get go.. hints of red berries and marbled glass … could be a sleeper of the vintage …. 89 MAF ….not bad for 12 bucks

GOD IS GOOD AND FULL OF GRACE!!!

Cheers,
Mark and Ka

Updates

Lillie, Karen, Mark updates

Written Jul 11, 2012 3:48pm

Our watermelon eaters 1982 Summertime at beach 1979 thereabouts

Miss Lillie

Some of you may know Miss Lillie had emergency surgery approximately 45 days ago. She had a malignant cancer in her intestine which was removed along with 4 of 12 glands and a colostomy performed. The cancer doctor says the surgeon got all the cancer and she will not need chemo. She will be monitored by monthly blood analysis. If she needs chemo in the future it will be a pill taken 2 weeks and off 1 week with no loss of hair, sickness and other side effects of chemo. Miss Lillie was very upbeat with this news and we all went out and had a fish sandwich with fries. She is at home and doing very well. Cooks rarely, cleans and points likes she always has..it is really remarkable. Karen is tending and keeping eye on things from a distance.

Karen

Karen has been aggravated with the shoulder surgery for a while now. Mainly the bone build up on the plate which is very painful. She went to another otho in Chattanooga to see and was told would need to take the plate out to fix. Well since the plate is glued in … good luck. So she has not said much about  getting attention for the problem

Me

Labs still look good, aches and pains prevail but who’s gripping….don’t ask my wife please. Go to Arkansas first week of August…praying for good things.

SIDENOTES AND VICIOUS RUMORS

  • Why does it take a billion dollars to run for President in this country by both candidates…that’s 2 billion dollars. I don’t get it.
  • Been checking into my genealogy lately … seems my great great great grandmother on some side of the family was never married back in the 18 hundreds .. rumor has it a wealthy train tycoon building the railroad at the time ate several dinners at the house. Sounds good anyway. Similarly, on another side of the family my great great great great grandfather rode with Teddy Roosevelt in Florida chasing the Seminole indians. In 1862 he joined the confederate Calvary at the age of 72, along with his 4 sons. All the sons, one of which is my great great great grandaddy all made it back, thankfully …but Old Mige did not. All that can be said from my view is he must have liked to fight  alot.
  • well time for a wine review .. today is a Stefano Farina Italia (that’s Italy) Barbera d’ Alba 2008 … nice bottle, lovely appearance, fragrant with a hit of sea salt and sand. (sounds like a girl on the beach) Not bad for 11 bucks. I give it an 88 MAF

Cheers and keep positive thoughts when at all possible.

Mark

MY Myeloma Blog by Mark 2012-06-14 23:41:00

  • Karen shoulder emergency visit
    Written Apr 3, 2012 6:45am
    Karen has really been complaining with her shoulder hurting for last 2 weeks. Several family members have suggested I take her back to surgeon in Bham. I knew she would need to make that call as she is very independent. So yesterday, Monday,  was the bell south call to the bull pen. She called the Doc in Bham and appt was set for 3:30. I had chemo appt in Chattanooga. Therefore, I blitzed on up to nooga, had the chemo blast (do love the smell of chemo in the morning) and picked Karen up on way back and headed to Bham.

    Results:

    Xray showed the operation was a total success and all was well with that part. Bone scar tissue has built up where the break occurred. This build up has created a rough spot coupled with the nerves coming back has made this very uncomfortable. The Doc said you scared me about coming down here on  emergency type appt and Karen said yes I was the one scared and hurting.

    Doc told her to leave off the rehab which was making things more tender. Also told her she could do anything she wished at this point and would not need to come back to see him, She is released from care. Good news all way around…she was much relieved!!!

    We both had felt she would need some sort of surgical adjustment based on the pain and bump. But we worried for nothing. Kind of like life..90% of what we worry about never happens

    Well it seems the economy is doing fine .. must be an election year. Or it could be Karen and I are at some form of medicals services outlet ie; doctors, dentists, surgeons, orthodontists, obgyn, emergency rooms, pediatricians, primary care providers, oncologists, heart specialists, labcorps and general practitioners.

    Not to mention as our President Cesar says, “BIG OIL” in my tank as we travel to these sites mentioned above. No wonder gas is so high. Speaking of which, as much whining that goes on about gas prices… the roads are packed with traffic…not talking about going to and fro work …talking about all day and night non stop traffic all 7 days of the week. The economy really is strange.

    Me, the labs are still good and getting around very well.. now that Karen is released and the dog from hell is well,  may start back to the golfing routine,,,somebodys got to do it right!
    No wine review as to early in the day.

    Cheers from Valleyhead

MY Myeloma Blog by Mark 2012-06-14 22:41:00

  • Karen shoulder emergency visit
    Written Apr 3, 2012 6:45am
    Karen has really been complaining with her shoulder hurting for last 2 weeks. Several family members have suggested I take her back to surgeon in Bham. I knew she would need to make that call as she is very independent. So yesterday, Monday,  was the bell south call to the bull pen. She called the Doc in Bham and appt was set for 3:30. I had chemo appt in Chattanooga. Therefore, I blitzed on up to nooga, had the chemo blast (do love the smell of chemo in the morning) and picked Karen up on way back and headed to Bham.

    Results:

    Xray showed the operation was a total success and all was well with that part. Bone scar tissue has built up where the break occurred. This build up has created a rough spot coupled with the nerves coming back has made this very uncomfortable. The Doc said you scared me about coming down here on  emergency type appt and Karen said yes I was the one scared and hurting.

    Doc told her to leave off the rehab which was making things more tender. Also told her she could do anything she wished at this point and would not need to come back to see him, She is released from care. Good news all way around…she was much relieved!!!

    We both had felt she would need some sort of surgical adjustment based on the pain and bump. But we worried for nothing. Kind of like life..90% of what we worry about never happens

    Well it seems the economy is doing fine .. must be an election year. Or it could be Karen and I are at some form of medicals services outlet ie; doctors, dentists, surgeons, orthodontists, obgyn, emergency rooms, pediatricians, primary care providers, oncologists, heart specialists, labcorps and general practitioners.

    Not to mention as our President Cesar says, “BIG OIL” in my tank as we travel to these sites mentioned above. No wonder gas is so high. Speaking of which, as much whining that goes on about gas prices… the roads are packed with traffic…not talking about going to and fro work …talking about all day and night non stop traffic all 7 days of the week. The economy really is strange.

    Me, the labs are still good and getting around very well.. now that Karen is released and the dog from hell is well,  may start back to the golfing routine,,,somebodys got to do it right!
    No wine review as to early in the day.

    Cheers from Valleyhead

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Karen checkup post surgery

Shoulder surgeon saw Karen for 2 week appt today…. said it looked real good….also shared with her what he had done.

The shoulder was broken but what we did not know was her ligaments and tendons were torn as well. This would explain the pain she has experienced. So what this means … a very long recovery… 4 weeks at least in arm sling 24/7. Rehab will continue for 4 more weeks. She was hoping to be shed of it today but….
Please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Karen and Mark

Four month Check up results

Thursday, February 9, 2012 3:38 PM, CST

Hello everyone,

Just met with the Doc and everything is still fine. He is pleased and said ” you are almost finished”.  He meant with treatments (I think). So I wanted to post asap, as many of you are anxious to hear.  STILL in remission!!!

Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers !!!!

SIDENOTES and VICIOUS RUMORS

  • Not really surprised Alabama beat LSU on the repeat … what was surprising and quite an embarrassing moment for the school must be the post game interview with one of the Alabama players. I still do not know his name or what subject he spoke upon,. However, one can assure you he was NOT speaking the Kings English. Really a shame…where is he gonna work?? Maybe the TSA pat down line at the airport?
  • Once again the BCS is a farce. Alabama had 0 business playing for the national championship. As long as sports writers, coaches and committees continue to tell us who is # 1, then it will be a farce.  Kind of reminds me of the government.
  • continue to pray for our country…Obama care…we are finding what is really in it as we go. Nancy Pelosis’s brilliant statement still rings in my ear, from the speaker of the house podium during the vote, “Just pass it and we will find out whats in it later.” How right she was! This beat out Bill Clintons ” it depends on what is, is.”

Well enough… time for a wine rating. Just cracked open a bottle of Dolcetto di Diano d’ Alba Stefina Farino to let it air. It is a light red wine with hints of lemon in the air. Wait that is my dishwasher detergent. Fragrant with a touch of grapeness. Good stuff for 10 bucks. Give it an 88 MAF

Cheers,
Mark from Little Rock

MY Myeloma Blog by Mark 2012-02-06 13:27:00

KAREN UPDATE


          “Busta”

Hi All,

Karen arrived home from her shoulder surgery around 9:30 pm. Had a fairly restfull night with ice packs and meds. She is doing fine today considering what has progressed. As most of you know, recovering form any surgery is a daily advance by steps. The rehab people in town will do some procedures this afternoon on the shoulder. Please remember her in your thoughts. She is a champ and very good patient.

I go to Little Rock Sunday to have 4 month tests with checkup. As always please pray this goes well.

VISA, MASTERCARD AND A LINE OF CREDIT…

  • 1 American bulldog puppy as Christmas present for Mark… price unknown
  • wires chewed to air conditioner;  emergency after hours service call from electrician and heat/air people …price $250.00
  • purchase heavy duty dog pen …. price $315.00
  • dog house …. $100 dollars
  • heavy duty dog collar and leash …. 30 bucks
  • back screen door torn out … 100 bucks
  • vet bill for 2 visits ….. 148 bucks
  • purchase restraining cable with heavy duty hooks … 10 bucks
  • while on much needed vacation at Gulf, wife tangled in heavy duty  cable with dog and falls, breaking collar bone .. emergency room visit … $800 dollars
  • Doctor visit to othopedic specialist … 300 bucks
  • airplane ticket to fly Ben down to drive car back home …$400 bucks
  • transportation to Atlanta airport for Ben to catch plane … price 75 bucks
  • surgery to repair break of collar bone … price $9,000 and counting
  • loss of time. loss of use and loss of mental faculties since dog has arrived … price unknown

DOG OWNERSHIP ……..PRICELESS!!!
VISA, MASTERCARD AND A LINE OF CREDIT AT THE BANK …DON’T OWN ONE WITHOUT IT!!!

Cheers,
Mark

MY Myeloma Blog by Mark 2012-02-06 12:27:00

KAREN UPDATE


          “Busta”

Hi All,

Karen arrived home from her shoulder surgery around 9:30 pm. Had a fairly restfull night with ice packs and meds. She is doing fine today considering what has progressed. As most of you know, recovering form any surgery is a daily advance by steps. The rehab people in town will do some procedures this afternoon on the shoulder. Please remember her in your thoughts. She is a champ and very good patient.

I go to Little Rock Sunday to have 4 month tests with checkup. As always please pray this goes well.

VISA, MASTERCARD AND A LINE OF CREDIT…

  • 1 American bulldog puppy as Christmas present for Mark… price unknown
  • wires chewed to air conditioner;  emergency after hours service call from electrician and heat/air people …price $250.00
  • purchase heavy duty dog pen …. price $315.00
  • dog house …. $100 dollars
  • heavy duty dog collar and leash …. 30 bucks
  • back screen door torn out … 100 bucks
  • vet bill for 2 visits ….. 148 bucks
  • purchase restraining cable with heavy duty hooks … 10 bucks
  • while on much needed vacation at Gulf, wife tangled in heavy duty  cable with dog and falls, breaking collar bone .. emergency room visit … $800 dollars
  • Doctor visit to othopedic specialist … 300 bucks
  • airplane ticket to fly Ben down to drive car back home …$400 bucks
  • transportation to Atlanta airport for Ben to catch plane … price 75 bucks
  • surgery to repair break of collar bone … price $9,000 and counting
  • loss of time. loss of use and loss of mental faculties since dog has arrived … price unknown

DOG OWNERSHIP ……..PRICELESS!!!
VISA, MASTERCARD AND A LINE OF CREDIT AT THE BANK …DON’T OWN ONE WITHOUT IT!!!

Cheers,
Mark

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