Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Doctor's Visit Leads to First Dinner Out in Months

White counts are steady, potassium is stable, and things are looking good. The Hickman catheter will be removed on Friday morning (under local anesthesia) and only one visit to the clinic next week is scheduled. Dr. Rifkin's parting words to me tonight: go be normal. YES! so, we immediately called for reservations at Elways and were joined by our friend Ted for "dinner out", a concept I had all but forgotten. Steak, baked potato, and salad.--the food real people eat. It was wonderful and so great that Ted, who, like so many of you who have been with us from the beginning, was able to join us. We talked of the ups and downs of the last 7 1/2 months and marveled at so many blessings, like my improving health, like the wide wide circle of friends who have stood by us, and like this blog. Tonight we are very thankful for all that we have been given and know that as long as we focus on the present, the future will take care of itself. Our love to all of you. Dan and Susan

12 comments:

Dorothy said...

Great news!!! I bet that steak is best you will ever taste!! I hope you took time to enjoy the food, the company and the time out! We are on our way to Germany for 10 days. I know that when we return even more good news will be on this site. Take care and have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. Love The Seals

sigunjoe said...

Chers amis,

What wonderful, wonderful news!! I know that going out to a restaurant was 'strengstens verboten' to you, Dan, for so many months. And you will only have to go to the hospital once next week! You will indeed all have a wonderful Thanksgiving together. Wish we could join you! Bises, sigunjoe

Arlene said...

The very best blog update! Fantastic! Love you all.

Howie said...

Fuzz,

Truely great news, but I have just one question. When were you ever normal?

Richie and Stacey said...

Great news! We're on our way over :)

bri said...

howie has all the good lines. there is so much great tasting food out there...enjoy. keep getting better.
later.
brian

Mrs. Joshwick said...

Excellent! Now how many blocks did you walk today?

Tom said...

Dan,
I'm so happy for you and Susan. Yes, savor this - it's been a long time coming. What a great present for Thanksgiving. I'm in Anakara - heading to Istanbul tomorrow morning.

Love, Tom

Dan's Mom said...

I am delighted with your news. It must be so great to be out in the real world again. I am sure this is just the first step on the way to remission. You really have thanks to give on Thanksgiving. We shall be thinking of you and praying for your complete recovery. Love you,Mom(Dan's Mom)

Jaike and Shawn said...

Red Dog Leader, Red Dog Leader, [squawwwkk] this is Bad Dog One; do you read me? Over. [squaaawwkk]
(I'll just pretend you are on the airwaves and carry on with my side of the transmission)
Good; I got you loud and clear, too.
I feel fine, thanks. Although that's a question I should be asking you!
Yeah, I read you have been up and about - doing normal stuff. Not what Howie says. Who is that guy?
I have?
Yeah, that's probably right because I can't picture him. So, you are feeling better?
You're right, the terminology can be a bit befuddling. Sounds as though you are mastering it. Or totally faking us all out.
Yes, you could.
But dumping the hospital bed must be a fabulous feeling, a check in the win column.
Yeah and there will be more. So, changing topics, how is Julia's freshman 1st term going?
Excellent! Should come a no surprise that Arden is having a fabulous time. Not sure about her studying but she says no really bad grades are imminent. I am grateful that she likes Lake Forest; better than 'this place sucks and I want to come home'.
She does? Sure make Colorado College a serendipitous choice, eh?
And Catherine?
Yeah, no stopping her now. Good to hear.
It appears that Susan is doing ok, best as can be. She planning a turkey?
No kidding?
We ordered a 28 lb fowl. Too many people this time, got out of hand including an old family friend's daughter with her husband and 6 moonth old.
No, I have no idea what I was thinking. But, I am getting mellow, my friend. Bring the whole show on!
Yeah, me too. Nice talking with you.
Bad Dog One out.

Jaike and Shawn said...

Red Dog Leader, Red Dog Leader, [squawwwkk] this is Bad Dog One; do you read me? Over. [squaaawwkk]
(I'll just pretend you are on the airwaves and carry on with my side of the transmission)
Good; I got you loud and clear, too.
I feel fine, thanks. Although that's a question I should be asking you!
Yeah, I read you have been up and about - doing normal stuff. Not what Howie says. Who is that guy?
I have?
Yeah, that's probably right because I can't picture him. So, you are feeling better?
You're right, the terminology can be a bit befuddling. Sounds as though you are mastering it. Or totally faking us all out.
Yes, you could.
But dumping the hospital bed must be a fabulous feeling, a check in the win column.
Yeah and there will be more. So, changing topics, how is Julia's freshman 1st term going?
Excellent! Should come a no surprise that Arden is having a fabulous time. Not sure about her studying but she says no really bad grades are imminent. I am grateful that she likes Lake Forest; better than 'this place sucks and I want to come home'.
She does? Sure make Colorado College a serendipitous choice, eh?
And Catherine?
Yeah, no stopping her now. Good to hear.
It appears that Susan is doing ok, best as can be. She planning a turkey?
No kidding?
We ordered a 28 lb fowl. Too many people this time, got out of hand including an old family friend's daughter with her husband and 6 moonth old.
No, I have no idea what I was thinking. But, I am getting mellow, my friend. Bring the whole show on!
Yeah, me too. Nice talking with you.
Bad Dog One out.

spike said...

Glad to read such good news Dan and Susan. I'm sure it was the first of many special times you both deserve to enjoy. Love, Spike