The shirt says "MY DAD ROCKS"

The shirt says “MY DAD ROCKS”


Lucky 13 🙂

From the man himself, “It was a pretty good day.”

It was off to a great start with the arrival of Mark’s friend, Tim. For those of you not in the know. Tim and Mark are super-tight and have been friends since high school. Tim is out for a visit for a few days and probably as good of medicine for MJ as any he is getting. (Hi Tim! You’re groaning aren’t you? You are.) I meant to get a picture of them this morning and just plain forgot. They hung out and guy-bonded over basketball and who know what else, cuz I bailed. 😉

I won’t keep you in suspense – we had ANC today! Woo hoo! Let’s all rap on our wooden blocks together to make it two days in a row.

White blood cells – 0.3
ANC – 210 (!)
Hemoglobin – 8.6
Hemocrit – 23.8
Platelets –  7

Those of you starting to get the hang of this thing will notice that hemocrit and platelets were below “acceptable,” so he got platelets and blood today. The platelets came in the afternoon, no reactions. Yay! Blood is tonight.

He did the usual walk, but with Tim as his escort. (Dude, did I say thank you yet?) And more moves towards the immediate (Get the Ef Out of the Hospital) goal, they are moving some of his meds from IV to pill. That’s big. You will just have to take my word for it. MJ also decided to step down on the pain meds from the dilaudin to oxycodone (I think I am spelling that right). As of this evening when I last spoke to our hero, he hadn’t had any dilaudin today. Just need to find the right dosage so he doesn’t get too looped on em. He was a tad buzzed when I got to the hospital this morning. But, he was awake most of the day and eating… docs are pleased. (Please no jinxing anything!) We seem to be moving in the right direction.

Of course, I am taking this report on faith. Maybe the guys popped a 6-pack while they were watching basketball (Hmmmm????) I am extremely fond of Tim, but I think I was gone within an hour of his arrival. I took major advantage of his visit (did I say thank you yet?), and headed back home to see the kiddos. I got to surprise them at school, so that was cool. Next week is Spring Break, so I am going to take them back to St. Louis with me on Sunday to be able to visit with Daddy (and give Grandma and Grandpa a little break) and hopefully get there before Uncle Tim leaves, cuz they love Uncle Tim.

So for the next couple of days my updates are going to be second hand, but I get to hang with the kiddos and Mark gets to hang with Tim, and all is good.



  1. If its the “uncle TIM” I know…..then I know it’s the BEST meds for Mark!!! So glad he is there!! Xok

  2. Fantastic report!! Love to hear how things are going a bit better. So glad that Spring Break will give you some family time and get you all even closer to the goal of going HOME!!

    Take care!

  3. Linda Senenfelder

    Sounds like all is going well there. It will be good for the kids to be ae to spend time with Mark. Wishi g you all the best and continue ing good reports

    Prayers to continue and good thoughts.