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Chefdaddy New Up-date on Mike 5-30-10

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Hi everyone I just got off the phone with Chefdaddy, he is in the hospital having problems with a blood disorder. He is not doing very well so please keep him and his children in your prayers and your thoughts. He has had a very hard time going through treatment and is only 11 days post, radiation burns to the skin on his neck made a lot of painful open sores most of that is healing ok but now another set-back for him.

He has no idea when he will be getting out of the hospital or what the doctors plan to do next, I will try to contact him every few days and give you all an up-date.

Thanks everyone for keeping Chefdaddy in your prayers

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Will do. Tell him he is in our prayers!

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Prayers sent out for Chefdaddy

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was beginning to get concerned. its not like him to just stop posting.
thanks for calling him......

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Yes, most definitely.

kcass

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I will also. I have been wondering about Mike as well as Mick. Best Wishes & Prayers to Everyone
Dave

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Thanks Hondo for the update on Mike. I know a lot of us were worried when he hadn't posted for several days.

What about his children?? Are they staying with his brother until he is out of the hospital? Hopefully they are able to deal with this and it doesn't cause them anymore setbacks. That entire family has had more than their share of bad things happening to them.

They will all be in my prayers. Say hi to Mike for all of us when you speak to him again and assure him that he has a lot of prayers coming his way.

Take care,
Glenna

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Thanks Tim...hope you are doing well also.

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Thanks Hondo for caring so much and staying in touch with Mike.

Pls pass on our best. No surprise he is a wreck, considering what has been through. Immediately post treatment can be the hardest part and to have his additional complication is really sad.

Scambuster.

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I just got off the phone with Mike he is back in the hospital again today with double pneumonia; seams like the doctors misdiagnose his condition last time. He is also suffering from malnutrition and has lost almost 70lbs; he is very weak at this time.

As bad as he is he did sound a lot better then the other day when I was talking to him. The skin on the back of his neck is healing the pain is a lot better, he is starting to eat but very little as it is still painful to swallow anything. He said the hospital yesterday gave him some soup, which he did try to eat but it was not long before he realized that there was something wrong, it had pepper in it. We all know what happens to someone who eats pepper after radiation to the head & neck.

As you know his Son has been on Chemo for 3 ½ years and is due for his last treatment this week, Mike wants more then anything to be there for him. Keep them both in pray so that Mike can get better and be there with his Son for the last of his treatment.

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70 pounds!
And when you mention the pepper, believe me, I feel his pain.
Prayers will be heading Mike's way.

--Jim in Delaware

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Let him know we are all waiting for him to return here and hear of his war stories first hand....

Also, let him know that the fishing is getting good here in Tampa. I'll definitely be thinking of you both if I get out this week-end (you'll both be with me on the boat)....

John

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Hondo,

Thanks for the update. Let him know for me that he has always been on my prayer list.

Steve

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Please let Mike know that he and his children are still in my prayers. I miss his humor, even with everything he has been going through he has maintained his sense of humor.

Glenna

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G’day Everyone

Got off the phone with Mike a little while ago and he is still in the hospital. He was in a lot of pain all last night because the doc cut his pain med’s in half with out letting anyone know so the nurses could not do anything until the doc got in this morning. His Sons last Chemo was today and he wanted to be with him more then anything but was too sick.

He is having another problem with blockage of his intestines, I am hoping and praying this is because of the Chemo and nothing else, he is really worried about this new problem as they never found his primary.

Even through all his pain and trials his spirit remains strong, I don’t think in all my days I have ever meet some one like Mike, he is a fighter and for a good reason, his children.

He did ask me to say hi to every one of you and to thank you for your continuing prayers and support.

Cancer destroys a lot of things but one thing it can’t destroy is the friendships we make live though it.

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As some know, I have reason to celebrate this day. Still, even my happiness is tempered by the reality of battle with C. And Mike's battle, with Hondo as Witness...

A Beckon Call to all- hopes and Prayers of Peace and Healing for Mike, and his family. Together, we can

Believe

kcass

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Kent
Well said Kent. Prayers every night for Mike. Hondo do you have any kind of address of the hospital Mike is in? Cards etc.
Dave

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If you know what hospital he is in, first and last name, sometimes the hospital has a website where you can send him a card by email, that is printed by the hospital and then delivered to him. If you you have that info it would be great.
Stacey

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I will be talking to Mike on Sunday and try to find out what hospital and room he is in, He is very lonely only his children and brother and his Daughter must stay and help the son, so he has no one to even visit him.

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Hi Hondo,

Please pass on our best and of course let him know we are all thinking about him.

I am wondering if his intestinal issues are related to the pain meds and general lack of food he has had. I had bad stomach problems during and after treatment and it was like everything had stopped. I am convinced it was a combination of the Morphine and also the fact that I hadn't been eating.

I was given 'Fleet Water' which almost sent me into convulsions (from the pain) as it is basically a very heavy Saline solution so you can imagine what did to my mouth and throat. They later tried the same in enema form which helped things along. I hope it is as simple a problem for Mike as he really hasn't been able to eat for a long while. Anyway I hope things improve for him soon.

Cheers
Scambuster

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Hi everyone, Mike is not doing very well; the doctors are telling him his colon is swollen and not working at all. He has stopped take his pain meds as it could be one of the things causing the colon not to function right. He does not have internet service nor does he have a computer and the way he is feeling I don’t think he would use it if he did. He is getting depressed and feeling as if he will never leave there alive, I ask each of you to pray and if God puts it on your heart give Mike a call, he needs to know how much we care. 503-346-1802 His room is 5C-11 B2

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What hospital is he in? What time zone?

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Tried that number, but it says it's not a good number, can you recheck it, or do you have another by chance?

John

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Sorry my dyslexia is getting bad again Mikes Number is 503-346-1082

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try to hang in there chef daddy, you are in my prayers...Dennis

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Hi Everyone

Mike is in Oregon Health Sciences University Room 5C-11- B2 His correct phone is 503-346-1082. His spirits are a little bit better today then yesterday, he is still in some pain but the doctors are working doing all they can. He said to tell everyone he is sorry that he can’t post anything, because he just does not have internet in the hospital, He is also very worried about Sweetblood22 not posting for sometime.

He also thanks all of you for your prayers.

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Just a quick note...

Just talked with Mike for awhile, and he sounded a little rough, but started sounding better during our conversation.

I gave him plenty of encouargement and let him know we were all thinking of him and had him in my prayers.

If any of you get the chance, you should try to give him a call. The number goes directly to his room, he answered when I called.

Take Care All,
John

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Thanks so much, you will never know how much just caring about someone can help them, even just caring enough to make a call can be the different between healing and dying. Mike is a very nice guy, I am glad to be one of his friends.

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I'm glad that you posted the number, I have wanted to call him and give him some encouragement for a few days.

It was great speaking with him, and you'd never realize all that he is going through from our conversation. He's definitely got to be a tough guy.

I hope that a few others here will find a few minutes to give him a call....

Faith, Family, and Friends
John

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For a lot of people it is a scary thing to just pick-up the phone and call someone you don’t know, somehow I am glad I don’t have that fear even if I am a man of few words. I agree with you that he is a very strong guy to go through the hell he lives with everyday.

To all, sometimes in each of our life we all need someone to talk too, we are all that Mike has and he needs us right now if he is to make it through this low part of his life. What ever you do, send him a card, flowers or call let him know you care.

Thank you my CSN friends

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I called last night and really enjoyed talking with him. Even as bad as he is feeling he was still giving me help and advice.

He must be an wonderful person.

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God bless you for call my friend Mike, I know when I call him tonight we will have a lot to talk about.

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You just mighta started something good with this phone call business.

kcass

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I talked to him too. This support group is a blessing.
I tried to send an e card to his hospital, but they do not have that function..
Thanks SO much for getting the number!
Stacey

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When I spoke to Mike yesterday he was so glad, but did mostly talk about John and Fishing.

Funny how when we are down in the ditch all it takes is for someone to just say Hi to pick us up. That is what Jesus did for me, when I was down where no one could reach me He stooped down and picked me up; I can only follow by example.

Thank you all again for your support, truly we have become one big family

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Glad for the positive feedback and that it did Mike some good. I plan on calling him again before the week-end to check on his progress and just to let him know I'm still thinking of him.

John

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My prayers are with Mike and his family. May Jesus bless and heal him so he can be back with his loved ones soon. Patty

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Everyone
Just got off the phone with Mike. All that he has been going thru seems like he still has a positive attitude. We had a nice long converstion about each others treatments and all of our side effects. He had another procedure coming up and I didn't want to keep him from getting his needed rest, we all know how that is/was. He mentioned his son has just finished his chemo and is doing well, all things considered. Told him that he and everyone on this site are in my prayers.
Dave

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I too just got off the phone with Mike and he is in the best of spirits tonight. His voice is getting stronger and the pneumonia in his lungs is getting better, he is able to sit up but not for to long. He told me he ate some jello and was able to taste it; also his saliva glands seam to be working some, he is only a little more then two and a half weeks past treatment. He stills have a few others problems so please continue to pray for Mike and his children.

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The Prayers are there, Hondo.

Believe

kcass

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Thanks Big brother Kent, I love that word, Believe

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Any new news?

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Hello everyone,

I just spoke to Mike a few minutes ago.

I told him he needed to get his butt up that the fish were biting good here in Tampa Bay.

He sounds pretty good, but still has some issues with the colon blockage. They ran some contrast through him earlier today I believe looking for the source of blockage.

His pneumonia seems to be under control and as he says "I can breathe now", which I told him was always a good thing.

We couldn't talk much, the nurses were in to give him some meds....

He's still having some issues court related from the past that is scheduled for early May. So keep him in your prayers for that and for him to have the strength to deal with it and everything goes favorably for him.

But just wanted to give you all a quick update.

John

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Yes he is doing well today, I been worried as I could not get in touch with him for days, just called him tonight and his voice sounds strong. He needs our prayers, like John said he goes to court again next week and needs to be out of the hospital.

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Hello my incredibly wonderful friends.

My brother brought his laptop up to the hospital in between his college classes so that I could say hi to you all.

Thank you for calling me, it breathed life into my depressed mind and failing body.
I am still in critical condition as I am down 85lbs. and for some unknown reason all the nerves in my intestines decided to stop completely. The doctors are doing everything they can but I appear to be losing the battle. The doctors have done some emergency plumbing and now have some of the waste being re-routed back up through my stomach and piped out my PEG into a collection bag. I have no idea whats in store for me as the doctors tell me they have never seen a complete nerve shut down in the intestines.

I miss you all! I must get off here as my brother has to leave for class.

Your friend always,

Mike

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It was GREAT to talk to you last week and so nice to see your post!!!
Stacey

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Mike have been thinking about you and praying for you. Will try and call tomorrow.

d

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Good to have had the few conversations with you lately. Hang in there bro and keep fighting the fight. They can do a lot with that area technology wise, hopefully they'll figure something out for you soon and get you some much needed relief.

Always,
John

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I will continue to pray for you everyday, I know you can do it!!

Hopefully your brother will be able to bring his laptop to the hospital again soon so you can keep us updated.

I truly believe you will win this latest battle, you have survived all of the others and I know you can do it again.

Take care,
Glenna

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Mike:

I'm sending you my best thoughts and wishes. Together, all our positive thoughts and vibes can make a difference.

Kick ass!

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I just got off the phone with Mike again. I will tell you the man has to be made of steel. He is still in the hospital, and I think he said that his port got infected, and they had to put in a new one in, and that he had an infection in his blood. Nutrition is still a huge issue. He is not getting enough. He said his throat is still very sore and eating even what people think is soft food is feeling like gravel in his mouth. I think we can relate to that, I know I can. It doesn't seem like anyone is helping him eat the things he can eat. Then the other day they tried to give him something with iodine in it again!

Please continue to pray for him, and his children. He is an extrodinary person. I am sure a call would brighten up his day as well.

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