Tuesday, October 26, 2010

10/27/10 - Health Update

"We're in real pickle, George!"

That's a quote from one of my favorite movies... As a bonus, comment and leave what you think that movie is! [Bonus disclaimer: no reward other than the satisfaction of identifying the movie, :) ]

Well, I've been in "real pickle," for the last month! Short story, I fell down and broke my my upper humerus (shoulder), leaving me with one usable hand, my left one. I started another course of Radiation Therapy, and then had severe lower back pain. The worst pain that I felt was fifteen out of ten, even on pain killers!

Besides that I had had (still there) excessive hiccups and they increased my pain in at least two ways. First, they hurt a lot! The jolt from them affected just about anything connected to my thoracic compartment (torso). They felt like being stabbed in the back, and being hit in the lungs with a cattle prod! The hiccups also occurred throughout the night, causing acid reflux (more pain) in throat.

So, I had lower lower back surgery last Thursday to help alleviate my pain, which is slowly getting better.

The pain pills have NOT helped me, so to alleviate their dreaded side effects, I have stopped taking them. In other words, I would rather deal my pain, then deal with with their side effect... Really! :)

I'm currently still on radiation and chemo treatments. My pain has improved slightly, but now, I just have to wait and tolerate the pain. Lucky me! :)

Comments and Emails are very much appreciated, but don't expect me to reply anytime
soon! :)

I updated my calendar, too!


Anonymous Scott said...

It's a Wonderful Life

10/26/2010 7:44 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Wow! I really did not expect the "winner" to be you, bro!


10/27/2010 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn! I actually know this one. It's from the stock market crash scene. George Bailey leaves his bride Mary in the taxi on the way to their honeymoon, and sprints back to the Bailey Building and Loan. Mary follows him with their honeymoon cash, and they use their own $$ to help the B&L weather the storm. That's the night that they move into the old abandoned house...

Right up there with "Treasure of the Sierra Madre". Good taste in movies, Mark!

Take Care,

10/27/2010 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When life gives you too many cucumbers you make...pickles??

While I rejoice that you felt well enough to post again, I am sorry to hear of your jar full of pickles.

Praying that the pain subsides and the hiccups stop. Have you tried peanut butter? I know it sounds silly, and by now you've tried everything...

As for our son, Tom, he completed his stem cell transplant and first post treatment set of scans. While the original tumors show excellent response, there are now tiny spots appearing on the lungs, that may or may not have been due to the cold he had at the time of the PET scan. Next scan dates: January 2011.

Anyways, great to hear from you!

Marilyn F, Regina, Sk.

10/27/2010 2:59 PM  
Anonymous fred said...


I peek in regularly to check on your status, but not happy to read the latest. I suppose I was hoping you were feeling too well and busy to post.

You can't do anything except do what you're doing and chug on. What the hel did I just say?

Anyway, thinking of you often as we always do.

Hey, the pain medication CO is pushin' (and legalized) these days may help....;)

10/29/2010 11:37 PM  
Anonymous lufromhickorypa said...

Gene and I are watching the Penn State game and thought of you. Then found out about your recent setback from Bud. I came to you Blog for a smile. You always do that with your words of optimism and humor. You provide strength to others when things turn bad. We love you, Mark and want everything to be good but they are not. Please be strong for all of us. Will call you soon. Lu and Gene

10/30/2010 9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mark - Sorry to hear about your shoulder and hiccups! I hope that your pain goes away soon. Looks like you have some intense weeks ahead with your chemo treatments. We will be thinking of you hoping that you are getting through the treatments okay.
Love to both you and Laura -
Di (& Rico)

10/31/2010 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It's a Wonderful Life is one of my favorite movies! George faces a lot of adversity but prevails in the end. Just like you will!

Sorry to hear about your shoulder! I won't "Buffalo" you...LOL
Keep Plugging and moving forward!


11/01/2010 11:59 AM  
Blogger Steve Bergwall said...

Mark; Cathy and I are so sorry to hear that you are having a lot of pain. We will continue to pray for you. When you get to feeling better, lets get the four of us out to dinner. We have a lot of catching up to do.

11/01/2010 3:35 PM  
Blogger George said...


So sorry to hear about your shoulder. Leah and I are praying for you and a speedy recovery. I know how you are and I bet the thing you hate most is not being able to type very well on your computer!!!! You (and I) were always geeks by nature. I noticed that was the first thing you mentioned in your post (one usable hand...my left one!). Well, hang in there buddy. You inspire me daily and your persistance and endurance are second to none. You will be up and around in no time. Keep positive.

Talk to you soon.

Geo (and Leah)

11/02/2010 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Mark, you and your Aunt Frannie (my mom) are both in pickle!! Mom fell two weeks ago and broke her upper arm and had surgery to replace it with a titanium rod (and ball socket). She came through the surgery just great and now in therapy....

Thing of it for my mom is this is her second upper arm break and replacement (about 6+ years ago was the first). The pain is not fun, just ask her. Uh, but neither of you are answering phones and email too well these days.

Just know we are praying for you (and mom), for relief of pain and wellness.....

Talk soon, sweetie, and understand that you won't be responding.....love you load!

The Gregory Clan

11/02/2010 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knowing you and Laura (and your love of all things simian), I was expecting a quote from a "Curious George" movie.

11/02/2010 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry you're feeling so much pain and it's stopping you from writing. I hope your treatments aren't getting in the way of your love for ice cream!

I know you're strong by your ability to quit taking pain meds, and to just deal with it. Moist heat, gentle exercise and stretching may help. And music or good movies may help take your mind off of it too, it's like meditation.

I'm praying for you Mark! You and Laura take care.


11/10/2010 6:33 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

do you know i've never seen that movie in its entirety? pretty sad. i'm so so sorry that you are dealing with all of this. i'll tell you the same thing i tell my boys whenever they get sick - i wish i could wave a magic wand and take it all away. way too much for any one person to endure in a lifetime....thinking of you and you and laura are in my thoughts. keep us updated when you can. xoxox jo shuba

11/10/2010 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mark~
I was hoping you where off on an other biking adventure, and that's why you where silent. Ugh, those chemo/radiation hiccups and broken bones, really?!!!! Peanut Butter was the only cure here, not a welcome one, but did give relief.
Know that you are thought of often and that I am praying for not only relief from the pain, but some awesome days to come.
Rich is doing well and we are praying for a clean PET and CT Scan in a few weeks.
Hope that you feel better quickly and that the holidays are wonderful for you!
Praying for You, Lisa

11/10/2010 8:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Mark took a turn for the worse on Monday and, sadly, he passed away last night. I'm sorry to everyone who has been following his progress on this blog but I thought you should all know. I'm just not sure if anyone else can update his blog at this point. There are no details as to when or where any services will be held yet. This was one fantastic guy... please keep Mark in your prayers.

11/11/2010 11:35 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

May the road rise up to meet you,
and may the wind be always at your back.

11/11/2010 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We lost one of the Good Guys today.

May God Bless you Mark!


11/11/2010 3:35 PM  
Anonymous fred said...

Sad. Sad. Sad.

Goodbye friend.

11/11/2010 4:32 PM  
Blogger C2C Coaster Lil said...

My bike isn't red, it's Blue. It's going to fly with all I've got as I travel across America. This ride is dedicated to my brave nephew, Mark.

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