Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Our First Kill

Houston's reputation for heat and humidity is well known. What is less well known is that there is a foreshadowing of this season. Just before the heat and humidity arrive, their appearance is announced by ROACHES. Egad! We have nothing like this in Colorado. Not only do they come in Super Size, but they Fly. YIKES. This morning Susan woke me up and asked that I take care of a roach in the other room. Yes, my first kill. Smashed beneath the heal of my shoe and later flushed down the toilet. But before it disappeared I did what Julia has taught me to do: document the roach. See above.
On a more positive note, the doctor told me today that my visits to the clinic will now be reduced to twice a week and there will no longer be fluids infused at home. Freedom is being dispensed in small increments, but nonetheless it's coming. My blood counts continue to be stable. I need an occasional neupogyn shot, but other than that I am producing cells almost like a normal person. And I feel pretty good these days. My sleeping is down to a mere 12 hours a day and the GI issues are slowly resolving. There are plans for further treatment, such as another infusion of Mike's cells, but for now, things look good. We still have a few hurdles to get over but everyone seems pleased with the progress thus far.
As always, thank you for keeping us going.


Joni said...

Oh! Roaches. One of the things about Dallas I DO NOT miss!

Glad to hear you are slowly but surely making progress and feeling better. We are all thinking about you and wishing you the best here in Denver.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are progressing right along, right on schedule Dan. Good work!

Since I am now in Dallas, does that mean I can now expect roaches similar to what you get in Houston? Will two 12-pound indoor cats make a difference?

Steven L. Ritter said...

Yuck... I hate roaches....

Glad that your moving along. Your brother cells will get busy and do what they need to do. They won't let your cell win...the competition thing, don't you know! I think I'll keep you high on the prayer list for a few more weeks, just to be sure!

sigun said...

Dear Dan,

Keep the good news coming! And just two visits to the hospital per week What a relief for both of you. Bises, Sigun.

John said...

This is good news Dan. Your progress is being closely watched here in Oregon.

tim's wife said...

OMG ROACHES!!!! And they say everything is bigger in Texas. GASP!We've got plenty of heat and humidity in Jersey, not to mention a side order of pullution, but I'll take Jersey skeeters with it anyday over roaches.Blech! Ptooey! Glad to hear it's been smooth sailing. :o)

Sandy said...

This is good news... not the roaches, but the medical updates!
Sounds like you have to give Bro Mike the upper hand in this regard, but no quarter otherwise... haha.

Susie Hemingway said...

Good news indeed in this post Dan. Best wishes from us in UK -Keep up the great work.

Jeffery said...

Yikes - My skin is crawling!

Keep breathing Dan, knowing your body is returning to perfect health, balance and harmony.

Love to you Susan and Gary :)

p.s. Staying in Denver.