Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"We can rebuild him. We can make him better than he was before"

Haven't spent that much yet, but working on it.
If you admit to knowing what that title is all about you must be about as old as I am.

Here is a funny story.  JoLynne went to the library the other day and rented the video of "The Six million dollar man" just so she could watch that part at the first and hear them say those immortal words.  We ended up watching the whole episode.  Ummm...It wasn't quite as good as I remember

Speaking of rebuilding, we are now in Miami.  We came to meet with a famous oral surgeon named Robert Marx.  He has done a lot of work in reconstructing people's faces after radiation damage.  The meeting went very well.  Dr. Marx and his team were so kind.  At one point they had me remove my bandages to look at the wound directly.  Most people when they see it for the first time are pretty taken back.  Not these guys.  They went right to work, photographing, taking x-rays, pulling on my skin all over the place to see where I had extra.  After looking for a bit, the micovascular surgeon put his hand on my shoulder, looked me in the eyes and said, "We are so glad you are here.  We can help you.  We have treated much worse than this with great success.  Oh, one more thing, you need to gain weight."  I guess that means more ice cream in my stomach tube.  I wonder if you can overdose on ice cream.

The real question now is timing.  Dr Marx said, and we agree, that the most important thing is to control this cancer.  They don't want to do anything to interfere with my cancer treatment.  He and my oncologist in Houston are going to talk today or tomorrow and try to work out a schedule.  Once we have the scan in mid February we should know for certain if the treatment is working.  That will help us to know our next step.

Little Havana
My version of dominoes
In the meantime,  JoLynne rented us a little apartment in Miami.  It's pretty dang cool.  I think it's called "Little Havana."  Everything is in spanish, the food smells amazing, there are monuments all over to Cuban war heroes.  We went walking today and stopped and watched a bunch of old people playing dominoes.  There was some disagreement about the game and lots of raised voices.  I don't usually take my dominoes so seriously.  I thought that playing dominoes meant stacking them in a line and then pushing the first one over and watching the others fall.


  1. HA!!! Can't tell you how much I loved that show!!! Is it on netflix? I also got o visit lil Havana. I love those public domino parks. There's some nice Banyan trees in the area check them out.

  2. Wonderful news dear Eric!!! Have fun on your vacation!!!