Whew. The hospital stay. Nearly 10 days where I pretty much hit rock bottom. The side effects from chemo and radiation were in full force on top of a wicked MRSA infection and, for a little yet very scary while, sepsis. It literally hurt to open my eyes, let alone move or eat. I lost 26 pounds in the hospital…not like I was a big guy to start with anyways! But I’m strong and with the right cocktail of meds, my body fought off the infection and I started to feel more like myself. By the time I left the hospital on day 10, I was feeling better and so ready to be out of there.
I immediately moved in with my sister, Jenny, and her family, to start IV antibiotics at home and have home health care come check in on me. I have to have someone redress and pack wounds on a daily basis. Ryan (Jenny’s husband), Jenny and my mom have been champs saving the day helping with getting the home treatment and care handled. I’m responding really well to everything and will be finished with the IV antibiotics this weekend. My appetite is back in full force, so I’m trying to get some of this weight back on! Earlier this week, I finished my 18th and hopefully final round of radiation therapy! So excited to not have to be strapped down with the Terminator mask anymore (pic below)! Radiation still has a 2-3 week residual side effect window…looking forward to not experiencing any of that anymore.
As a super independent person prior to all of this, I’m struggling with having to rely on family and friends so much for care, getting out of the house, grabbing a quick burger or just taking a joy ride to nowhere. No getting behind the wheel for me! I’ll be excited to get back to Warren’s, back in my own bed and the comfort of my own personal space. Speaking of personal space, Cooper (my 11 year old golden retriever for those that don’t know) hasn’t left my side since coming home from the hospital! He was not okay with me being gone for 10 days! My boy.
The next phase of my journey is coming and I’m ready to get on with it! On March 5th I will start infusions of Opdivo and Yervoy…the medicines that are going to carry me in to remission and hopefully save my life. The infusions will be 3 hours at the St. Dominic cancer treatment center. I begin with 4 rounds of one med every 3 weeks and then start the other med every 3 weeks until a TBD time.
The people supporting me are doing some amazing things coming up and I continue to be absolutely floored by it all.
- This website will be the new homebase for my journey…updates on treatment and life, photos, and info on happenings related to my cancer battle. No more Caringbridge.
- On April 7th, my buddies are hosting a huge golf tournament in my honor that they’ve dubbed the M&M Classic at Deerfield Golf Club. Info about the event and registration will be posted here shortly.
- You can buy #teammikey t-shirts and bracelets to show support!
I truly can’t thank y’all enough for the love and support. I promise you I feel it all.