Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Laughter Continues to Be the Best Medicine

Last night I couldn't sleep, so I toss and turn and toss and turn. Susan does the old Jackie Gleason attack on Norton (me), "will you knock it off". Soon, we are chatting,laughing, giggling and wondering how we can laugh so hard in the midst of such chaos. No answer to that question, but our spirits have definitely picked up since a few months ago. Our friend, Gail, had lunch with us the other day and called me soon after to say it is obvious Susan and I are more in love now than we ever were. As Susan says, all my hard edges are gone and I'm back to being the nice guy she married (I want to know who she thinks I was all those years in between, as I am sure I was not as bad as she is trying to create). Our spirits are good as we go into the holiday season.

Saw Dr. Rifkin today and all the blood counts are good: white cells, neutrophils, red cells and platelets are all strong. Bone marrow biopsy is scheduled for 12/20--this will be my 4th. I think I also will have a full body bone scan. We asked that the appointment to review all the "numbers" be delayed until after Susan's birthday (12/23) and Christmas--so we will see Dr. Rifkin on December 28 to see where we are after the transplant. Until then, and even after then, regardless of the news, we will be in good cheer and we wish same for you. Happy Holidays, Dan

9 comments:

Me said...

May Peace
Hope and Love
be with you
Today
Tomorrow
and Always

Merry Christmas!
The Surging Waves

sigunjoe said...

Dear Dan,

What a good entry that was. Made me feel warm all over. Love you.

We went to a Lieder concert last night, given for the benefit of Bonne Mine, the organization that helps twelve orphanages in Bulgaria and that our Junior Guild helps. We really went to show support of the woman who runs the outfit, Dominique, one of the most energetic and wonderful women I have ever met (her American is perfect: she had a Fullbirght to study in the US when she was 19, and she loves Americans). We were 'agreablement surpris' (we were surprised in a nice way) because the contralto who sang in German and in russian was just superb, and so was the piano player. So you see, sometimes when you do your B.A. (Susan knows this expression; Bonne Action: a boyscout is supposed to do one good deed a day), you are in for a treat. Christiane and Guy came with us, and they loved it as well; we had first dinner at our house, then walked over to the School for the Blind right down the street where the concert took place. All in all, a most enjoyable evening.

Guy and Chrsitiane had trouble opening the comments of your blog, so Joe showed them how to do it last night before dinner, and now they'll be able to read everything. They both send their love to the two of you. Bises, Sigun.

Arlene said...

Good Morning Daniel,

Your message is the very best. Keep laughing, enjoy this holiday - and keep being NICE to Suze! :)

Love,

Ar

Brother Ted said...

Wow! You sure know how to bring joy to our hearts and joy to this holiday season. What a great post! Dan and Susan, thanks for all that you give and share with all of us who are tuned into this blog.

To all of the ScooponDan Bloggers: May the joy and peace of the season brighten your lives and heart.

Brett said...

What an excellent post! Be careful, you if you ask Susan who she's thought you are all these years you might not like what you hear :) You know what they say about sleeping dogs. I'll see you before I leave for CA on the 23rd.

Pam & John said...

Laughter at bedtime is very precious. Your story made me smile after a difficult day. Thank you. Peace and prayers for you. Love Pam in ABQ

Dan said...

International Bloggers Beware: In light of the recent news of our government secretly reading international communications involving US citizens, be aware that our blog entries could be reviewed by government employees. hmmmm. what secrets they might uncover!--a plot to cure cancer, perhaps?--concern and compassion for our fellow man? a conspiracy of love? oh my god, we are all terr___ts.

Shawn and Jaike said...

I have been off the blog for quite some time. What a wonderful day to tune in and read this entry Dan. Thank you. This has been a year of transition for us. Mom passed away last mont and our brother-in-law last week. We were in Boston last weekend for his service. All of this makes me so very grateful for friends such as you and Susan, laughter, hugs, and small things like smiles from strangers and lunches with girlfriends etc. I try to pay attention to the little everyday joys that come my way and give thanks to God for "getting it". Thank you for your strength and courage and may God Bless you all. Love, Shawn

Shawn and Jaike said...

I have been off the blog for quite some time. What a wonderful day to tune in and read this entry Dan. Thank you. This has been a year of transition for us. Mom passed away last mont and our brother-in-law last week. We were in Boston last weekend for his service. All of this makes me so very grateful for friends such as you and Susan, laughter, hugs, and small things like smiles from strangers and lunches with girlfriends etc. I try to pay attention to the little everyday joys that come my way and give thanks to God for "getting it". Thank you for your strength and courage and may God Bless you all. Love, Shawn