Deep Gray Something

14 Mar

My amazing Uncle Danny, here on his superbad motorcycle and here on the left with his wonderful and warm smile, has leukemia. This is not new… we have known for several years now. In fact, it was my inspiring and beautiful mother that was his bone marrow donor.

After the initial transplant, he was getting better fast. Then he got pneumonia, and they had to put him on medication for it. Unfortunately, he has a sulfur allergy and there is only ONE medicine he can take for the pneumonia.

About a week or so ago we found out that the pneumonia medication is making him sick. He was throwing up so much that he had infection in his throat from it. He had to be put back in the hospital because he couldn’t stay hydrated.

This is the latest update from my Mom:
Danny is a little better……he still is having slow response and dizzy spells in and out……they are now feeding him intravaneously and performing different tests to see what is going on…they said they did not see the web in his throat but he was having
signs of bacteria in his throat and mouth probably because of the throwing up….she thinks his pneumonia is better. If this last drug does not work they will send him back to Houston for experimental drugs.

They are worried. The dizzy spells are mysterious and they are throwing around terrifying terms like “brain infection.” The idea of “experimental drugs” scares me too. What if none of them work?

He is, in many ways, the patriarch of my mother’s family, especially after we lost my sweet, precious papa on July 7th. I am not prepared to lose my precious, strong, brave Uncle Danny.

I am terrified that the world will not give me the choice.  So please, for my sake if not your own, call your family.  Hug your friends.  Don’t let today go by without telling the people in your life that they make a difference to you.


4 Responses to “Deep Gray Something”

  1. Chica March 14, 2007 at 2:02 pm #

    This is a beautiful post, Heather. I’m so sorry you and your family are having to go through this. Sending virtual hugs your way x x x

  2. Bre March 14, 2007 at 4:56 pm #

    Oh Heather! You and your family are certainly in my thoughts and prayers!

  3. caryn March 14, 2007 at 5:54 pm #

    Sending good, strong, fighting thoughts to your Uncle. And love to you. *hugs*

  4. iamthesky March 15, 2007 at 12:27 am #

    :-\ hugs all around!

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