Sunday, October 29, 2006


A brief update for you regular bloggers. The proverbial numbers were drawn this week. IGG's are up ever so slightly, from 1144 to 1188. Nothing to worry about. Dr. Rifkin explained that we may see some jumping around of the numbers and only when an upward trend is identified will we start talking about resuming treatment. He has no idea how long this plateau will continue. My brother Tom tells me that a "trend" requires three points (don't ask me where this piece of information comes from, but I will trust the Ph.D.) Anyway, Rifkin continues to be very pleased with my status, congratulated me repeatedly on getting here and will see me again in 3 weeks.

I have started swimming again (trying to lose that 50 pounds the steroids packed on my belly). I cannot express how good it feels to be coming out of the fog. I'm off all drugs, other than one antibiotic. Susan, Catherine and Julia are also enjoying having me back, although they continue to fail to appreciate my sense of humor, which you will all be glad to learn, has returned in tact. So we are enjoying this break from the roid rage, sleeplessness, and fear. We know it's probably not over but the struggle has been redefined, and for that we are grateful.

I'll update you after the next visit.

Love, Dan


sigunjoe said...

Dear Dan,

Glad to find your blog upon my return from Greece. What good news -- Dr. Rifkin wants to see you only in three weeks. That means he is not really worried about you. And I like Tom's three-digit definition!

I heard from Suz about the grand time you had at her last dinner party. May you continue feeling this good for a long, long time! Bises, Sigunjoe.

Tom said...

Dan the Man,
Glad to hear that you have put your trust in me (something I have trouble doing myself) - this little wrinkle in the data is of no significance. Enjoy the clear head, keep up the exercise, and experience the joy!


Sailor Hawkins said...

Dude Dan,

Farrrrr-ooouuuuuttttt!!! You rock!

Sounds like a time for tea! I'l make it, tell you about it, drink it and you can just watch! I've been using it for six years, and my dog's cancer is in remission. She continues to thrive and surprise everyone.

Let me know. Love to your Susan!!!

Peace and action,


Shawn and Jaike said...

Dear Dan,
So happy to hear that you have a reprieve from the meds and are swimming again. Good for you. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful that you seem to be feeling so much better.

Richie and Stacey said...

Dear Dan, Susan, Catherine, Julia, Grandma and Papa,

Happy Thanksgiving from New York. I hope you are having a great time. Mom and Dad tried to get Katie and Vincent in the picture too, but Katie was too busy for me and Vincent ... well, he is home "pluking!"

Love you all,
Michael James (Mom and Dad too!)

Sailor Hawkins said...

Dear Dan,

Blessings to you and to those you love. What a thankful time for all of us, especially you and your!!!



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