Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Home, Home, Home

Sorry about all the long awaited anticipation of announcing Michael's return home. He got home late last week and needed some time to adjust to the surroundings. He is very fatigued but tolerating his first round of chemo very well. Mild nausea, no vomiting and still has an appetite. The entire family has been working on getting into a daily routine that works for everyone including the kids. He still has daily antibiotics that need to be given and too many tubes and drains. He will be returning in two weeks back out to Mayo for more tests and more chemo. He promises he will be on the blog soon. I have been overwhelmed both a work and home and will try and get caught up on pictures for the blog soon. My family and patients come first. Incredible friends have been taking good care of us and treating us to great meals and companionship (although I must say most of the male company has been "without hair", so they fit right in).

Lots of Love to All,
Dawn & Kids

32 comments:

OBShell said...

BALD IS BEAUTIFUL!

the parental unit said...

Glad to hear that you're home and things are going well! I would love to send some cookies up your way, I'm sure you don't get too much time to bake! Any requests? I make a mean monster cookie! Just let me know if it sounds like something you wouldn't mind.
Keeping you all in my prayers! Take care.

Lyne (Breckow)

Melissa said...

Hello Vinicki Family! God has blessed you all for being such a strong family! There will be good days ahead and bad days ahead. But remember you are all together right now in your own home being with each other. So treasure that time and God will know that you all need to be together FOREVER!

With all my love and prayers,
Melissa Krumbach

Matt Thornton said...

GREAAAATT news! Hope your time together (family & friends) and in comfortable surroundings speeds up your recovery!

Have a terrific day!

tdwiltjer said...

Woohoo! Glad to hear you're home! Get some rest and keep eating. We all look forward to hearing from you soon!

Tricia Wiltjer

Becky said...

A Double Wooo HOO!from me to...

You are still in our prayers...


Keep Smilin'

Becky

The Zelaskos said...

We hope you are comfortable at home and gaining strength for the next round of chemo. Hugs to you (and to Dawn and the kids too!)

John and Pam

heidimw said...

Michael,

Glad to hear that you have made it home. How nice is it to sleep in your own bed? I am sure you are enjoying being in the midst of your family again!!!

Joke for you today...

Two robins were lying on their backs, basking in the sun. A
mama cat and her kitten were walking by.

The kitten complained, "Mama, I'm sooo hungry, what can we
eat?"

To which the mama cat, spying the two robins, replied, "How
about some Baskin Robbins?"

Wishing you a wonderful day filled with warm Northern Michigan sunshine on your face. You are being thought of today...

Hugs,
Heidi (Hella)

Lisa Powell-Bollinger (Guiney) said...

Dawn, Mike and Family,

It is Great to hear that you are home with your family in your own surroundings. My Family's thoughts and Prayers are with you at all times.

God Bless,
Lisa (Guiney)

kleinsorgesluvu said...

from Chrissy's sister Sue Scott(Fortier) -I read your blog/pictures...Michael is still as handsome as ever! Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

shezabelle said...

So you've returned home to your own bed. Fantastic! The most important question is: how is your pedicure coming along?? You might need a touch up.

I know you will be suprised when I tell you that it's raining here in the West of Ireland. God, what I wouldn't give to be back in Portugal with the sun and beers that only cost one Euro! Oh well!

I returned to Galway this morning from County Mayo where my boyfriend lives. He's 1/2 half farmer and 1/2 half computer programmer. He's joining me in Galway in a few weeks to do a Master's. He says we will have to live on turnips and potatoes because we will be poor starving students.

OK, bye for now!! xxx, Shelley Troupe
PS I forgot to mention that Dave Jansen set up a group on FaceBook for the GHS Class of 86. Anybody who reads this should join up. It's free and much easier to use than classmates.com. 25 year reunion anyone???

Doug Heuker said...

Michael,

I'm sure home feels pretty good! I'm glad to hear you're finally getting with the program and getting rid of some hair. It was way too pretty anyhow. I'm a firm believer in being aerodynamic - I'm working on short hair and trying to become perfectly round to totally eliminate wind resistance! Anyhow, I'm glad to hear things are progressing positively again. You work on getting your strength back. I expect to see you win that bid calling contest this year! Stay strong Michael!!!!

Doug Heuker said...

Michael,

I'm sure home feels pretty good! I'm glad to hear you're finally getting with the program and getting rid of some hair. It was way too pretty anyhow. I'm a firm believer in being aerodynamic - I'm working on short hair and trying to become perfectly round to totally eliminate wind resistance! Anyhow, I'm glad to hear things are progressing positively again. You work on getting your strength back. I expect to see you win that bid calling contest this year! Stay strong Michael!!!!

letstalkauction said...

Michael & Family

A Big Hello from Mio!

So Glad to hear you are home. Bet Things are not as easy at home as you don't have all those Nurses around to take care of you : )

I'm Sure you Feel Sooo much better just being home.

Think of you often and wish you a speedy recover.

Stay Strong Think Positive! Think about your healing and recovery and your family, and remember Laugher is Great Medicine - Watch some funny movies!

Here are some short one Liner and Jokes! Enjoy!

How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?

My mechanic told me, 'I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

What do you get when you cross a computer with an elephant?

A 1000 lb know-it-all.

Computer Tech Support Calls:

Customer: I keep getting inappropriate pop-ups on my computer and don't want my wife to think that it's me.'
Advisor: 'I will remove them for you.'

Customer: 'How do I get them back when she is not in?'

#2
Customer: I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screen saver on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears.

#3
Tech support: How may I help you?
Customer: I'm writing my first e-mail.

Tech support: OK, and what seems to be the problem?
Customer: Well, I have the letter 'a' in the address, but how do I get the circle around it?

#4
Customer: My 14 year-old son has put a password on my computer and I can't get in.
Advisor: Has he forgotten it?
Customer: No he just won't tell me it because I've grounded him.

5)
Advisor: 'Press any key to continue.
Customer: I can't find the 'Any' key.

6) No Saving Grace
Customer: 'All my files I saved last week to my C: drive are missing!'
Tech Support: 'Do you remember what directory you first saved them in?'

Customer: 'No, I don't . I just know it was on my C: drive.'
Tech Support: 'Ok, I'll walk you through how to find the files.'

Customer: 'I wouldn't think I would be losing files on this computer. Gee, I just had the hard drive replaced in it yesterday.'

7) Tricky Install
Customer: 'Do I need a computer to use your software?'
Tech Support: 'Ok, I can help you install the software. Would you like me to do that?'
Customer: 'Yes.'

Tech Support: 'All right, can you insert the disk in the disk drive please?'
Customer: 'How?'

Tech Support: 'Place the disk in the opening at the front of the computer.'
Customer: 'Will I have to have my computer delivered before we can do this'

Tech Support: 'Um yes, that might be an idea.'

We'll leave it at that -

Maybe find you some others later!
Keep Smiling and Laughing : )

Take Care
Greg & Donna

heidimw said...

Michael,

Hope you are enjoying the Olympics as much as the rest of the world and my household!!!! I think my neighbors have heard me screaming for Michael Phelps every night. We are very much a USA swimming family here, and we are glued to every swimming event that they are broadcasting. Did you see the opening ceremony? Wow...

A swimming joke for you...(my boys think this a hoot...)

Why did the swimmer fly out of the water?

He was doing the butter-fly!

Constantly in my thoughts...
Heidi (Hella)

Pamela Courtright said...

Keep on! You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Pamela

Dave said...

Hi Mike and family,

Just wanted to add my voice of support for you to the many who have already chimed in. Heard about everything and your website here from Facebook where we have a little GHS 1986 group we just started up. You guys should join it when you get a chance. http://www.facebook.com If you do, just register and search on my name, add me as a friend and then I'll add you guys to the group.

I'm actually up in Traverse City right now so I've been thinking a lot about the "old" days. Ugh old...just turned 40 too. Weeee.

Well take care and I'll stay in touch.

Dave Jansen

Gwyn said...

Hey Michael, Dawn and Family,

You are all in my prayers. Hopefully, it won't be long before you are feeling much better and this time is a faded memory.

Hugs and love,

Gwyn Besner

Matt Thornton said...

Michael-

Hope things are still progressing well for you!

Still waiting on you to post something yourself hint hint :-) ...but you are probably busy training for 2012 ;-)!

Have a great day!

jan said...

Hey, Michael, it was great seeing you this week. Your energy was amazing to me and your attitude was terrific; very positive. I enjoyed seeing the kids and how they interacted with you and Dawn. They seem to be weathering this "storm" pretty well. I was especially glad to see that you still have or at least got your appetite back! Sooner or later those calories will kick in. Anyway, I hope I can visit again and if you need me to go to Mayo or anywhere else, please call me. This is not an idle offer. I really mean it. I also know there are lots of other friends out there that feel the same way. Sometimes we just don't know what to say or do. We are all learning. I hope the chemo and appontments go well this week. I will be praying that the previous treatment was successful and that you tolerate the next bout without too much agony. Please call anytime and keep me posted. I really do want to help.
Jan

tdwiltjer said...

Can you say CHOCOLATE? Hey buddy! Hope all is going well for you... So, are you still laughing at all the shaved athletes in the Olympic games? Ya have to find the humor in every situation...and if it just presents itself, you have to go for the gold! Giggles that is. Watching the guys beach volleyball and trying to proof the magazine right now for the printer...I'm not succeeding...on the magazine that is.

Hey, I think it's about time for a brownie delivery. Should be in your part of the world this week or next...so the question is...Nuts or no nuts? (Matt should have a HAY DAY with that one:).

Let me know!

Tricia Wiltjer

Matt Thornton said...

Michael-

The question Tricia should be asking- With, or without the Nausea Medication (as sanctioned by the state of CA LOL)!?!

I think everyone that knows you knows the above is VERY "tongue in cheek"!

Hope this finds you well, and ready to do battle with the next round of Chemo! 'Til the next blog post, take care.

jan said...

Dawn: How is Michael doing? Has he had any appointments yet? I am anxious to hear. Did his folks go with him? I would love to hear news. I am so hopeful that everything is positive and that the Chemo is working. Hoping to hear soon.
jan

IAA Blog Site said...

Hi Mike,

Just read the latest. Sorry we have not contributed much lately. Myself, Sheila, Scott and all at Barliant are following your progress.

Sounds like it's hell but working. We are all keeping you in our prayers for a steady recovery.

Been very busy. Myself, Sheila, my daughter Kris and son Keith and his wife Christine ran a marathon in Madagascar in July. It was a long hard but fun and education adventure. Was at work for a week and went to Sturgis. Put almost 3,000 miles on my bike. Rear end was sore but what a great time.

Will keep watching the blog for pictures and continued good news.

Take care and God Bless!
Tom

rnowicki said...

Hi Michael:
Hope all is going well with your second round of chemo. We are thinking of you and praying that you are feeling better soon.

Renee, Chris and Natalie
H.I.M. transcriptionists at OMH

heidimw said...

I think I speak for many out here in cyber-land, please let us know how things are going...one sentence, just something...please don't leave us hanging.

We are thinking of you everyday and I hope chemo isn't getting you down. Keep smiling and KNOW that so many of us CARE!!!

Hugs,
Heidi (Hella)

Gregg said...

OK, so I'm a bit behind on all of this news... I was never good at "current events" in school anyway. I feel terrible that I didn't know sooner. Thank goodness for all of our friends on Facebook or else I'd still be in the dark.

Mike and Dawn, I still live in the area and would love to visit with you when you return. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Gregg Dexter

Gregg said...

OK, so I'm a bit behind on all of this news... I was never good at "current events" in school anyway. I feel terrible that I didn't know sooner. Thank goodness for all of our friends on Facebook or else I'd still be in the dark.

Mike and Dawn, I still live in the area and would love to visit with you when you return. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Gregg Dexter

Gregg said...

So I had a little computer stutter... like you've never done it.

OK, you can all stop laughing now!

Gregg

jan said...

michael: I talked with your dad at mass and was really happy to hear about most of your news from Mayo. I am glad Dawn and the kids went with you this trip. I am sure it will be much more difficult for all of the family to go once school starts. Were the test really hard and exhausting? I am so sorry you all have to go through this in your lives right now. The positives your dad talked about were really wonderful. I want to keep hearing really good news like that. I'm sure the trip was exhausting but if you want some company, please give me a call and I will stop by for a visit. Take care. hugs. jan

OBShell said...

waiting to hear how all has gone, and that it is a good report...
take care all,
shell

Pamela Grayson said...

Hang in there Mike, you will beat this. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Pam Grayson