Monday, April 09, 2007

Celebrate Until Further Notice

Because of your wonderful comments, the title to this post has been modified. Thanks everyone!

**This photo was taken with my cell phone/navigator gps thingy; I apologize for the quality.

Today was a very big day.

Early this morning, X-Rays confirmed that the last 4 weeks of intensive treatment have done no damage what-so-ever to Dale’s lungs or heart. Both are functioning at 100% capacity.

After going over his test results and examining the X-Rays, Dale’s primary care doctor moved him out of the transplant ward and into the oncology ward. This means that Dale is no longer at extreme risk for complications caused by infection or rejection.

At around 2 pm this afternoon, the last IV line was removed from the port in his chest. For the first time in a very long time, Dale could walk without having to drag around the infusion pump stand that he had been attached to for weeks on end. He was free to move about the building. The doctor also told Dale that he may be able to move to the extended care facility as soon as Wednesday, which is considerably sooner than expected.

To top it all off, Dale was able to eat an entire can of Hormel Beef Tamales! He is finally getting his appetite back!

As you can imagine, we were extremely pleased by all that transpired today. It seems everything is falling in to place for Dale. He is in excellent spirits and very thankful, not only for the improvements in his physical condition, but also for the incredible outpouring of love and support he has gotten from his friends, family and the readers of this blog.

In the words of Dale’s nurse (who was quoting her elderly grandmother), “celebrate until further notice”.


Within Without said...

Absolutely incredible, beautiful and obviously welcome news for Dale, but also for you and Wolf and a whole bunch of others.

Including the legions who have been following this miracle unfold on your blog.

Smiles and hugs to you all. What an amazing journey of spirit and caring and success.

Courtney said...

:::Snoopy Dance:::

Celebrate? That calls for Guinness!
Give Dale plenty o' hugs!

Laurie said...

WW, today was a wonderful day! We have been truly blessed by a fantastic medical staff, wonderful friends and the incredible support of people like you who have been following his story.

We would like to thank all of you for your kind words, thoughts and prayers.

Smiles and hugs back.

Courtney, I love the Snoopy Dance but the Guiness will have to come later. I do promise to give dale plenty o'hugs, though!

Mary said...

YAY! Wonderful! Keep on celebrating, Laurie, and forget about the "until further notice" part.

What a journey so far...

Pam said...

Bravo!!! Wonderful news. A story of bravery, love and spirit. Dale looks so good, too, after all that he has been through.

Anvilcloud said...

This is super news. Hope everything keeps going well.

Laurie said...

Mary, thanks! I think I'll take your advice!

Pam, Dale looks great and is looking forward to life after cancer. Thank you!

AC, me too! Thanks.

Bonita said...

What wonderful news. Those nurses are as happy as all of us, I can assure you. No doubt he will soon be resting easy in the extended care unit, and you can then rest easy too.

Anonymous said...

The angels are a singing! The band is drummin'! Oh, glorious day!!!

But Hormel? Really? Blech.

threecollie said...

That is great! I really hope he continues to improve..

Laurie said...

Bonita, we are all thrilled and relieved and happy beyond belief. Thank you.

Butterfly, I agree...blech on the Hormel, but what he asks for, he shall receive. He can't have anything that isn't from the hospital cafeteria or from a can, or I'd have gone to a great Mexican place near my son's and gotten him something there.

Threecollie, so do we, it is really looking good right now.

Thailand Gal said...

This is definitely wonderful news. I think I'll also disregard the "until further notice" part. Dale looks great... and the fact that he is progressing so well, so fast, is just the best news I've had in a long time! :)



Cathy said...

Celebrate we will! Bless you all and continued warm wishes to Dale for his continuing recovery.

KGMom said...

Celebrate celebrate dance to the music.
To life!

Laurie said...

Chani, he is doing great! We are all on the top of the world here. Thank you!

Cathy, thanks dear. I hope things are going well at your house too.

KG, I have to tell you, Dale laughed his tush off over your "Clean underware all around" comment. He was still giggling about it today.

Ur-spo said...

that' wonderful - except the beef tamales don't sound too good :-)

Cathy said...

Just sending more hugs all around :0)

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm celebrating with you!

Gina said...

Wonderful, wonderful!

Laurie said...

Ur-spo, yeah, the tamales don't sound too "hot". ;-)

Cathy, hugs right back at you, and thanks!

Nick, so glad to have you join the celebration. I hope you have something more to celebrate soon as well.

Gina, it's been a wonderful week!

Homo Escapeons said...

It really is incredible, the human body is the most amazing mechanism on the planet.
That guy is tough!

Squirl said...


So happy for all of you!

LauraHinNJ said...

Wonderful news!

MsLittlePea said...

So happy for you all. Every moment is precious. Especially when you get good news!


Laurie said...

H.E., he is tough and has a huge heart and a great attitude. I think that will pull him through.

Squirl, thank you so much.

Laura, it really is great news, thanks.

Mspea, you are right, and I am more aware of that with each passing day.