Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Breath of Fresh Air

Today, some improvement. He got the tubes out of his nose and the main lines removed from his neck - and he actually got up and sat in a chair for a bit. So there's progress, albeit in tiny steps. You and I already know this is to be expected - my guess is that we're at least five to seven days away from being able to announce, "Heeeeere's Dino!"

He's still communicating in one-word sentences, pretty much a whisper, and Mary and I have yet to totally understand his whacky sign language. Nonetheless, I was really beginning to feel like the indispensible Dad today when he interrupted my reading with a forced "Dah . . . Dah". I jumped from my seat, instantly available, ready to serve. As I pressed close to his mouth, it wasn't "D a a a a d" that he was whispering, it was . . . fan. He just wanted the fan turned more toward his feet. So much for dear old Dad coming to the rescue. You have to laugh.

We're hoping for some biopsy results tomorrow so Dr. Jacobs can determine the next course of action, probably chemo. And I asked Dino about visitors for this weekend. He said no. Even with his level of pain, he's still making the right calls. So stay tuned - our man is climbing the mountain again, and it won't be long.

Dick Scoppettone
(Dino's dad)

10 comments:

Jenee said...

Well, you still sounds great in text messages! Keep fighting the good fight bigg dogg... I never thought I'd be so anxious to hear your sarcastic banter. ;-) Get some good rest -- sounds like you've got the right crew taking care of you!

Big hugs -- JC

Looney said...

All our love to Dino. We're reading every day and lots of people are praying and sending positive thoughts his way...

Billy Ramirez said...

Nothing can silence the Big Dog!

Kim said...

Dino, is your request for the fan your semi-conscious, non-verbal way of telling us that you don't have cold feet. BRAVO! Love your work. XOX

Chris said...

Glad to hear you are recovering nicely Dino. Keep on resting for the next leg of the journey. Hope that you are soon turning the nurses' ears with witty and wry conversation...

Lisa said...

I'm off to learn healthcare in Mexico mi amigo. I'll be sending you positive vibes from down south, and will continue to check your blog obsessively!

Heal well my friend!
-Diva

Priscilla said...

Dino - hang in there!! We are with you and anxiously await your version of all of these days, I know you will have a hilarious twist once you are feeling better. Dick, I'm sure he was calling out to dear old dad, but forgot and then "covered" it by pointing to the fan! ha. Anyhoo - as always, checking for each update as many times as humanly possible - waiting to hear the great news that you are feeling better Big D (well, 30 pounds smaller D)... when you're moving around - running laps around the nurse's station, and past the most painful part of this fight! We are here and anxious to see you whenever you'll have us!! Sending you all much love and support, P&D

Jason & Catherine said...

Dick, Thank you for keeping us updated so well. We are sending our love and positive thoughts to Dino and to all of you. Jason and Catherine (in London). xxx

Lisa said...

I went to High School with Dino, I just heard of this because our reunion is coming up. I will be sending positive thoughts your way. I also know if anyone can beat this it's you. You are one of those guys who just do anything. It looks like you have tons of people who really care...add me to the list!!

Lisa

Oliver said...

Best wishes Dino!