Thursday, October 9, 2008


I cornered Klener in the cafeteria at Homolka on Tuesday (I was nostalgic for the salad bar) and explained my dilemma. He told me to stop by his office before my MRI and he’d arrange the PET/CT of my lungs/torso, before I left for the States. Which he did – for the 21st of October at 7:20 in the morning - so much for being booked out for the rest of eternity ;-)

I had the MRI at 2 and got the results on CD immediately after:

Looks pretty good to my amateur eye - better than last time, but still some swelling. I’ll have to wait until Tuesday for the official analysis. I looked at the last (lung) CT again (for the fiftieth time) and noticed some cloudiness not present in the previous one. Really, could be anything; I’m not too concerned, sort of.

I had my busted crown from February finally replaced yesterday. Looks only slightly better in my mouth than in this plaster mold:


My neuropathy is very slowly, but fairly surely fading – a trend I hope will continue. I was pretty worried that it would be permanent, leaving me worse off than before the operation. I saw Dr. Wang again today for some relatively painful acupuncture and magic herbs, which may or may not be helping.

That chemo tirade will have to be postponed to a less fun-filled post, as I'm not in the mood for a tirade. Thanks again for all of your comments and words of support. I’m really looking forward to seeing you all stateside (I just love that word) very soon.

PS. It was a real mötley crüe down at the Globe at 3 in the morning last Thursday to watch Palin not answer her own list of questions, let alone the moderator’s:
and something else to think about:
until next time...


chihuahua lady said...

i see no future signs of trench mouth,good work.
also, let me complient your brain in being photogenic.
thinking of you lots!!


Anonymous said...

Good thing you had a hankering for the salad bar. Headed to the Great American Beer Fest tonight. Wish you were here. A

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to seeing you in Denver Mike


Una on Tour said...


Safe journey back Stateside. Have a blast. Please keep us posted.

Taffy said...

Hey Mike - Here is a blast from your past. It is TAffy - your prom date and friend from Middletown Senior High School. I hooked up with a fews folks on Facebook and Rick Brown told me about your blog and battle with cancer. I am so sorry. It is hard to know the right things to say especially given the fact we have not spoken in about 20 years. But I want you to know that I still think of you often and smile. In fact, my husband and I were traveling from DC to NY recently and passed Edinboro, PA and I told him the story of us traveling the same road and when we stopped at the McDonalds in that town you were speaking in a scottish brogue to the cashier. She of course did not have a clue - but I thought it was hysterical. I would love to catch up over email or by phone. And please know that all my good thoughts are with you. I have not read much on the blog yet - but enough to know you have not lost your wit and sarcasm that I appreciated so much even at 18!!!! love, Taffy

Taffy said...


My email is and my phone number is 410-544-7127.

maire said...

mike, i hadn't realized SCOTTISH BROGUE was one of your languages. did you study abroad? (come to think of it, your irish brogue is not bad either, i remember you using it on seamus, my cat and him being decidedly impressed.)