Thursday, July 16, 2009

its claxton time

So, I guess the third time was the charm. On Tuesday I went in for the bone marrow biopsy and the spinal tap, but this time they slipped a little morphine and ativan into my IV and it was way easier and way more comfortable. According to Hanna, I was also WAY loopier which provided her with some extra entertainment...haha. I am telling you though, there really was z zebra in that room.....nobody believed me. But, in all seriousness, i was thankful for how smooth it went. Nurse Practitioner Connie performed the procedure and I think also got a kick out of my chatty goofiness. Because I stopped taking this pretty powerful steroid on Tuesday, I have also had some withdrawl pain from that in my body.....It kinda feels like I spent 3 rounds in the ring with that big Russian guy from Mike Tyson's punchout. Its a throbbing of the muscles and joints everywhere. But, they were able to give me a prescription pain killer that has really helped. I'm glad that modern medicine and the nice people at Rite Aid Pharmacay have my back on all this stuff.

That piece of marrow that they took on Tuesday holds the answers to how well the treatment has been going. I go to see Dr. Claxton today to evaluate the results, see where I stand, and make decisions on where to proceed from here. I scared and anxious, but excited to find out just what has been happening in my body. I can hold up my end of the deal, stay positive, and fight with everything I have but now we will know if the chemo is holding up its end of the deal.

Extra prayers today are greatly apprecieated. I truly thank everybody for walking this walk with me. It has taught me so much about my family, my friends, people in general, my faith, and myself. And, no matter what the results today, the fight is still on and I'm not stopping and..

ALL will be well

“Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence." -- Pope John Paul II (maybe he was reading this blog.....)


  1. Danny, I just found out you were going through all of this. I hate how distance can keep friends from staying in touch sometimes! Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you extra hard today. You are an amazing man and I know you will get through this and be even more amazing for it! This hits especially close to my heart because my best friend (whom you would love, I'm sure - you both have similar senses of humor) just finished battling, and conquering (yay), some rather aggressive breast cancer. Here is her blog if you're interested: I asked her to pray for you as well. :-) God bless you, my friend!

    Much Love,

  2. Danny,
    We are definitely praying those extra prayers today! You are an unbelievable human being (thanks, Grandmom, for a lifetime of saying "human being"). We love you so much and can't wait to hear good news!!!! Love,
    the "Hams"

  3. Buddy, you are ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers...


  4. entrusting you to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel today!