Post by LoveLuckLaughter on Apr 11, 2014 22:12:55 GMT -5
A few of you have come to me asking how things were going recently. So I figured I'd give a little update.
Mike started a new, more aggressive chemo combination today in hopes of slowing things down. Unfortunately, his platelets are often times too low for him to have IV chemo, and it has contributed to the continued progression of the cancer. Muscle, bone and lung involvment have meant bouts of uncontrolled pain and some difficulty breathing. But he's hanging in there, trying to make sure to eat and drink and stay active enough. We've decided to restart the C. oil, as it will help with pain control, and growth slowed down during the period of time he was using the oil. We even found an organization willing to help with the process, and they have contacts who give a "discount" for medical patients. So we will save $$ compared to last round.
We really appreciate all of the continued support and well wishes and kind words from everyone. If anyone has developed that tele-porter yet, let me know. We spent 2 great weeks together before and during Big Ears, but these stretches in between are torture for both of us.
Spoke with Angie this morning, and Mike briefly. Gave Mike the biggest phone hug and love I could from all of us!
Angie and Mike went to Beale St this past weekend and were able to make it to Friday shows and one or two Saturday shows. They are both happy to have been able to do this. Unfortunately they will not be able to go to Shakey Knees this weekend.
Apparently Mike had a case of pneumonia brewing and it presented fully on Sunday. He is currently in the hospital in Memphis (with Angie at his side of course). They are hoping that by tomorrow Mike will be stabilized enough to leave the Memphis hospital. The plan in the works is to transport Mike by ambulance to his family cottage (In Indiana) where he will continue to receive palliative/hospice care.
Whatever loving vibes you have to spare, please direct them Angie and Mike's way.
I'm sooooo glad I got to meet both of you at Beale Street (I think Blues Travelers were on) even if it was just for a few minutes! Even though I don't really know you guys, I'm thinking of you!! :::hugs:::
Fawn, thank you for the update. Please let us know if there is anything we can do, anything at all. Sending thoughts of health, love, and comfort.
Since you mentioned it
Had a thought a while ago and started working on a project with Brock/Gibran.. then life got in the way as it often does.
What do the collective 'ya'll' think about putting together a book of photographs, superimposed with lyrics. As in if you have pictures of Mike, Angie, Elouise, a great shot of 'that show that you were all at' etc then post them in the to be named thread. Anyone that would like to help, figure out the best song lyric to print on/over/below the photo do the same, which could then all be put into a book of group Whore loving?
When I talked about this with Brock he said as long as said book is not for sale (its not!) then we are okay using pics and i think lyrics too. Steph has offered to help pull it together. Though no doubt it will need others as well.
I unfortunately have not had the pleasure of meeting Whoreshack or LLL in person but their little family is most definitely in my thoughts. Also, I think a picture/memory/song lyric book is such a great, creative idea.
Post by SilentEyedStorm on May 7, 2014 15:56:50 GMT -5
My daughter and I were blessed to have been able to spend time with y'all in Memphis. You've not been far from our minds since we parted ways. Prayers, good vibes and calming thoughts are being directed towards you.
this all makes any problems I have seem insignificant. I am losing my father but he has had many good years and a wonderful, full life. It's still hard but he doesn't feel that he has missed out on much...and neither do I.
However, Mike should be in his prime. He and Angie have one of those storybook loves that is the subject of songs and books. They should have many more years of sunflowers and festivals to look forward to. I'm sad and angry. It doesn't seem fair...
They have faced this beast head on with courage, laughter and determination. In the end it looks like the beast will win the final battle, but I think that Mike and Angie have won the war.
I'm sending every bit of love and comforting thoughts that I have.
Post by crazykittensmile on May 11, 2014 16:25:13 GMT -5
As much as we knew this may be coming soon, I was hoping for a miracle to end all miracles. Very glad Mike was able to make it to a beautiful and peaceful place and was surrounded by his closest loved ones before he left us.