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Hondo
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Good News

Mike is doing very well, he has been out to see his doctor today and the doctor was very impressed with how he is doing. Doc told him he is a very lucky man as most people could not have pulled out of what he went through.

Mike is starting to try and eat from his mouth, little at a time, very soft liquid type food, and he is able to hold it in. He is still very weak at times but it can only be expected, please continue to pray for Mike and his children.

Thank you all

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Great to hear Mike's moving in the right direction. I know his son has finished his chemo, right? Any word on how he's feeling? Much better with Dad home, I'm sure.

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must have called him while he was out. this time i did not even get voice mail

thanks for update. i keep missing him. :-(

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Hondo, this is great news and has truly made my day. I am amazed Mike has managed through this and I'm sure having you Hondo, and the rest of gang here keeping his spirits alive, have contributed to his remarkable turn around. Pls pass on our best when you next speak to him.
Scambuster

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That is very good news!! News I love to hear!!! I'm sure he will get better each day:)

Cindy

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FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!! Just another testamony to the power of prayer!! Mike, we can't wait until you're stong enuf to post yourself. Until then we will be waiting. God bless you, Mike, and your children.
you friend,
debbie

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I am so happy to hear he is doing better. He is an amazing person and I am so glad to have gotten to know such an amazing person.

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After all he's been through, it's great to hear some good news for a change.
He'll remain in my prayers.

--Jim in Delaware

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Hi Everyone

Mike seen his ENT yesterday, they scoped his throat and did not see any signs of the cancer; he will be set up to do a PET in about three weeks. The reason for doing the PET so soon is to see if there are sign anywhere else in his body of cancer and remove it before it becomes a problem as they feel he will not be able to handle anymore radiation or chemo.

Doctors are amazed at his recovery and how well he is doing for someone they sent home to die. He is starting to eat a little more each day but is also starting to have a lot of dryness in the mouth when trying to swallow which is normal for any of us who had radiation.

Thanks again for your prayers for Mike

Clearblue
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This is drama of the heart.
Go forward Mike - We're here for you, friend.
Hondo How are you doing?

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Nuff said.....

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hondo, thank you for the update. I'm so thankful to God for Mike's improvement. I pray God will continue to make Mike better. I will continue to keep him and his children in my prayers.
Take care and God Bless everyone,
debbie

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Hi everyone,

I finally have some good news.

I've gained two pounds and the plumbing is starting to work a little bit on it's own. I am starting to be able to swallow some things, this morning I had a bowl of cream of wheat that was pretty wet with milk, but it went down well. I am still on the feeding pump. They delivered an electric hospital bed yesterday so that I can now safely pump feed through the night. I am getting stronger, the blood pressure has left the high 40's and back up to the 70's and 80's, so passing out has stopped.

I've been able to work myself back into the kitchen again for short stints, the kids are very happy, not only for my physical turn-around, but for some of dad's home cooking again.

I had bought a leg of lamb to celebrate my son's final chemo date, before my health went south.
I finally got to prepare it as if it were a holiday meal for them the other night and they were delighted. I had to sit down several times but I got through it. I'm getting a little stronger each day as long as I can get enough calories in me. It's very difficult using the Scandi-Shakes as they are extremely rich and nauseating. The vanilla flavor is so strong that even when fresh berries and flavored espresso syrups are added it doesn't remove the sickening vanilla flavor.

I would appreciate any ideas or recipes for any high calorie, high protein foods or soups that I can blend and drink.

I missed you all very much while stuck in the hospital, I thank you all for your phone calls. Unfortunately, they had me so drugged up that I don't remember all the details of our conversations, but what mattered most to me was that I knew I was not alone in that place.

Thank you all so very much for your endless prayers for me as well as for my children.

Your friend

Mike

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Great to see your words rather than other people writing how you were doing. I am so glad for you and your kids you've made the turn around.

All The Very best,

Mick

Chefdaddy
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Thank you Mick,

How are you doing? I lost touch with so many of you once I went downhill. How did you do through the radiation? Did you ever get a PEG put in?

Thank you for you kind words my friend.

Mike

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We are all very relieved you have come through this Mike. I know there is still a way to go but with your fighting spirit, you will get through this. We are all praying for you man.

On the food front, at your stage I started having Congee. If you have a good Chinese restaurant around, they may be able to do take away ?? I found the preserved egg and pork was the best.

Avocadoes are great source of calories if you get them into a shake with a blender. They also help your body metabolize other foods. The ones with the purplish black skin are the best. They are very good nutrition and fibre - so good all around.

I also had Starbuck thick shakes earlier on as I could tolerate them. Even though I don't advocate the high sugar stuff now, at this stage, you need whatever you can get into you and once you are in better shape, you can pick and choose.

All the best to you Mike, again great to hear from you and I hope you continue to improve and get you life back.

Best Wishes
Scambuster

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Hi Mike.

I got the PEG the last week of treatment when I couldn't swallow anymore and still have it 9+ weeks post-treatment. I've had complications due to thrush and blocked salivary ducts that have made recovery a bit slower than usual, but on the whole feeling pretty good.

Swallowing is difficult. I tried watermelon last week. The juice went down pretty good, but the bits just would not go down. My ENT says there's a lot of thick, rubbery mucus and little in the way of lubrication, but added that the swelling is less. He doesn't want to see me for 6 weeks! I guess he's not worried.

In the meantime I have a PET/CT scan scheduled for the last week of June. Kinda nervous about that. Oh, in the meantime I finished my MA (counseling) which was awesome.

I would have been on here more, crying about my recovery had you not been going through the roughest time I've ever heard anyone going through. Your strength has been a real inspiration to me and a lot of others here. I'm sorry you had to go through that but hope you realize how much your journey has meant to people here.

Best,

Mick

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I’ve got to second what Mick said, you have truly been an inspiration to all of us here my friend.

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As Mick said - it is so nice to be reading your posts instead of hearing from others on how you are doing. We all really appreciate everyone who spoke to you for updating us but I feel better reading your posts as they let me know that you are getting stronger and can now get back on your computer.

I'm sure the kids are more excited about having daddy home and doing better than they are your home cooked meals. I'm sure the leg of lamb was delicious!!

Please take good care of yourself and don't over do it.

So happy to start hearing good news from you again.

God bless, Glenna

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Great News Mike, buddy......

So glad to hear you are doing well and starting to get back on the road again.

God Bless,
John

Clearblue
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Like i said before, u dont know me and it doesnt matter.
Youre a warrior sir.
C.Blue

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Hi guys, t's so great to communicate with you again. I truly missed you. It was terribly lonely and scary in the hospital for those two months. It's a nasty feeling when you feel like your group of doctors are outside your door flipping coins as to what to do or not to do to you. The last group of doctors (residents) basically told me I wasn't going to survive and that they were sending me to a nursing home to die. I was there about 3 hours and they sent me back to the hospital because they were not prepared to properly care for me. I spent a few more days with the doctors pushing me to go to a Hospice and I finally put my foot down and told them I was going home. I'm so very glad I made that choice. I was very concerned that I was putting to much on my children, especially if I were dying. But prayers were answered and things started turning around. I stopped the morphine last night so I'm hoping to see a remarketable change in my digestive track.

I too have been dealing with Thrush, while in the hospital it covered my entire mouth, making it painfully hard to swallow. Now that I'm home I have it contained to my tongue I find that brushing my tongue with the medicine is more effective.

My home health nurse just left and was pleased with my progress, so I'm a happy camper!

I have a lot of weight to put back on, nearly 70 pounds. I have no muscle mass left at all, my upper arms that were 21 inches in my youth are now 7 inches with no strength.

I have never been through anything like this before so if any of you are nutrition savvy please share your ideas or recopies. I'm starting to tolerate some soft things if pureed. Tonight I'm making the kids spaghetti with clam sauce and I'm going to try to puree that and with a little milk added should be able to drink it.

I apologies for being so chatty, but it feels great to be able to sit up and type without feeling like I'm going to pass out.

God has been very merciful to me and my family.

Your friend

Mike

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Mike,

I have been making my dad this. I cook brocoli really soft and mash it with butter and a some cheese. I make sure I just use the florets so they mash up really easy. If you want you could add a little milk and warm it back up and you would have soup kinda. My dad could just eat the broccali now with out mashing but he really likes this.

I also have used the recipie from the back of Libby's pumpkin for pie. I do not put it in a shell I just pour it in a pie plate and back following the instructions. This was a good source of protein with the eggs and milk.

I was eating so much of the stuff I made my dad that I also gained 3 pounds, so I know it will work for weight gain.

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Mike
Glad you are back and doing a lot better. I also am glad you have a home health nurse helping you out. After all of what Hondo was telling us about your treatment/troubles I told my wife I wish I could have went out there to help.
I cant even imagine what it would have been like to go thru all that alone. After my third week of chemo/radiation I told the hospital I was quitting, If not for my wonderful wife I would have. So you are one tough cookie.
Do they have you on anything for the thrush. Diflucan worked for me, dont really know if it was exactly thrush, but the 5FU left sores all over my mouth and tongue and that worked wonders. how is the iodine allergy going? Have you found anything that you can supplement with that doesn't contain it?
Did you get a port? I used mine for the first two months post for hydration, Had to go back every week to have it reaccessed with a new needle, but was able to hook things up myself.
Well anyway enough for now. Best Wishes & Prayers on your recovery.
Dave

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Mike, are you kidding, we have been waiting for you to post and are thankful that you are strong enuf to type that much ;0) It is absolutely great to hear from you, even better than when we talked on the phone b/c now you are at home and still making great progress. I hope your children are doing as well as you are. I can only imagine how happy they must be, not only are you home and getting better but you're even well/strong enuf to cook great meals for them. I'll tell you, there is NOTHING in this world stronger that PRAYERS, you are a witness to that.
Take care, Mike, and continue to get better. Thank you for letting us know you are doing much better. We will all keep you and your children in our prayers.
God Bless You Friend,
debbiejeanne

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Mike, are you kidding, we have been waiting for you to post and are thankful that you are strong enuf to type that much ;0) It is absolutely great to hear from you, even better than when we talked on the phone b/c now you are at home and still making great progress. I hope your children are doing as well as you are. I can only imagine how happy they must be, not only are you home and getting better but you're even well/strong enuf to cook great meals for them. I'll tell you, there is NOTHING in this world stronger that PRAYERS, you are a witness to that.
Take care, Mike, and continue to get better. Thank you for letting us know you are doing much better. We will all keep you and your children in our prayers.
God Bless You Friend,
debbiejeanne

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sorry for double post

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Like the others have said, it's great to hear you're moving in the right direction from you. Hope those new docs will think of you the next time they consider writing someone off. Keep up the good work.

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Hi,

It makes my day to read something from you. I am so glad that you are feeling better. You are amazing. I want you to know I enjoyed talking to you on the phone that night.

Love,
Pumakitty

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Great to see you posting! All the best wishes..Many thoughts and prayers have been sent your way!!

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Good to see you posting. Have more pictures to email you. Lol

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so grateful to see you posting again

Kathy

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It would be so nice if someday all of us here could all meet and get to really know each other as, we live, we talk, and we pray, for everyone here each day it is like a Family extension of people we learn to love and care for.

I guess in part that would be a miniature heaven on earth, take care my friend and may God continue to bless and give you strength each day.

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Mike,
I've never spoke to you but have been following the threads on you. I am super impressed with all the friends you have here and the great attitude you have after all you've dealt with. Good luck.

Hondo. Great thought on getting together. Even though I'm fairly new here and don't post all that often, it is a great bunch of folks!!

Greg

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Hondo & Greg,

I was actually thinking something similar and started to post the idea yesterday, maybe it's subject for a new thread....

Just an idea mind you, but perhaps there would be interest in starting a topic of locations. Letting everyone know where you are located. Maybe even getting together for a lunch or even sitting in on a treatment for support if desired....

I know that Hondo and I have met and had dinner as I have with Illoozions whom happens to be in my hometown. Anyways, just a thought, like others on here, I guess having cancer, going through this treatment and recovering has left me with a feeling of enjoyment in sharing my knowledge and experiences. It's a bond similar to being in the Marine Corps or service to me. It's a bond that you can't really experience or appreciate unless you have been there and done that....

John

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Hi John:

I think that is a great idea to start a thread about where we live; who knows some of the people here may live next door to us and we would never know it.

Hi Greg:

I am glad to have you here are part of our family so drop in anytime you want, glad to here the good news on your all clear.

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Any updates on Chefdaddy>

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I talked to Mike yesterday; he is doing ok but still having a lot of problem. The one he is most concerned with right now is that he lost 5lbs.

Take care

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Thanks Hondo was getting worried about him again. Denis

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