Hello All,

Well, today was the day that I’ve had circled on my calendar for almost two months.  Today is the day that I was to receive my last radiation and chemotherapy treatments.


As you know from my last post yesterday, this past weekend, I tried to do everything I possibly could to complicate things…. dehydration……..fever….adverse reaction to pain medication….pneumonia… and the flu.  Since I checked into the hospital Sunday night, I’m not sure how many bags of antibiotics they have given me but it’s been a lot.

So….met with the Doctors today.  Here is today’s (Tuesday) outcome:

  • Fever – gone
  • Flu – gone
  • Dehydration – going
  • Pneumonia – still present but on the run
  • Chemotherapy – postponed.  Not sure if later in the week or if indefinitely
  • Radiation – Final treatment today!  Yay!!!!!
  • New items? – In my hacking/dredging up mucous and clearing my throat, had one that was pretty bloody.  So they are doing a culture on that to see whats what’

So still dealing with Pneumonia.  The only way to do that is to blast it with major antibiotics.  Those don’t come in pill form, only in IV form.  And where do we get IV’s from?   That’s right… HOSPITALS!  So yes, I’m done with chemotherapy treatment and done with radiation treatment and WOULD be done with everything and headed home today but still have to get those antibiotics so I will be staying here at Shand’s Hospital in Gainesville until Thursday or Friday.

Bummed?  Sure.  Was sure hoping to be done with all of this today but as rotten as I felt over the weekend, I’m willing to postpone by a couple of days to ensure that all is well.

I’ll wrap all this up at a later date.  Just wanted to let ya’ll know what was going on.

More to come, including some unrelated stories.


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7 thoughts on “Finished…?

  1. Hello sweet friend,

    I’m so sorry that you are going through such a tough time. Please know that your USM friends and many others love you and are praying for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Let’s celebrate your victory at Homecoming! I’ll fly in just for you. Kathy better come this year too :) . Cindy

  2. One or two moe days won’t matter if you are going to be FREE on Thursday or Friday. I am so thankful you are better – FYI: I haven’t eaten oatmeal in several months – and was absolutely copelled to have a bowl for breakfast—You are really geat at transference to your Mom – luvu—

  3. Mike,
    Sorry to read this about you. I wish you all the luck and prayers are with you.

  4. Glad you are on the up hill run!!! Love Ya!

  5. Thinking of u hope u are doing well

  6. Thinking of u hope u are doing well


  7. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. You have been an encouragement in the face of challenges most of us can only imagine. I pray God will continue to give you the perseverence throughout the remainder of this like He has to this point.

    “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised….we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” Heb 10:35-36,39

    I love you, my brutha from anutha mutha!

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