Friday, June 6, 2008

From The Computer Room

Hi all,

Dino here. It's almost 6:30 AM and I've been up for an hour after actually getting 4-5 hours worth of sleep (more than in any of the past 3 nights).

Tough to type as I have an electrode sensor attached to my left index finger, but I'll deal for a moment.

I have read all your comments and got all your emails and calls and texts. Thanks again for being such an amazing support system. Kuato has three (interminably long) days left in his ugly and thankfully short existence and like you, I will be counting the hours (literally) until Monday morning.

I have actually gone the last 10 hours without a shot of morphine (or Sister Mo, as I prefer to call it) and did okay in the sleep department, although my stomach is pretty huge, distended and painful. Save the jokes about how "it's always been that way!" -- this is really a different story. I can't wait to get this cancer out of me... now it's just biding time and managing pain until Monday morning.

Rest assured I will get back on the morphine train shortly -- I just want to try to keep the urge for constant self-medication under control so that it doesn't get out of hand by Sunday night. Also, I'm finding that while it's really easy to 'space out' on the Sister Mo, it's hard for me to actually sleep when I'm riding that wave. Thus, no morphine over last night.

Anyway -- I know that some of you will be interested in calling and/or visiting over the weekend, and while I thank you for that, I should tell you that you should probably wait until the surgery is over before you come by. My stomach and breathing pain is such that I can't talk much and I spend most of my time conserving my energy, just trying to get comfortable. So, the visitors that I will have this weekend (mostly family) already know that I won't be real good company. My suggestion to the rest of y'alls is to hold off until Wednesday or later, when I am in recovery, before coming to visit if possible.

Well, it took a good bit of effort to walk down to this computer room, so I don't know whether or not I'll come back in the next 3 days to post another update. Please know that I am feeling everyone's thoughts and prayers loud and clear, we're in the hands of amazing experts here, and we're gonna beat this thing, no matter how long it takes.

My dad will continue to post updates as needed, so as always, this is the best place to come for all your Dino informational needs!

With much love to everyone,


Jenee said...

Hang in there big D! Monday will be here before you know it. Get some good grub... wanna bucks run? I'll come visit whenever you give the green light.

-- Hugs --

Priscilla said...

I'm sorry you're so uncomfortable, but happy to be able to get the A TEAM bright eyed and bushy tailed for you on Monday!!! Hang in there - I know it's not easy, we all love you so much and are here for you, whatever you may need! Keep focused on good health, getting this thing out (which you have been since Day One BTW!), and all of our fun times ahead!! Dave and I are anxious to see you as soon as you're ready! Sending love, restful sleep wishes, and good vibes your way! We'll be with you and thinking of you on Monday - Go gettum, D!!

We love you very much,
Priscilla and Dave

Dick - Thank you so very much for your updates, they mean the world to us!! Sending love and support to the fam! We are anxiously awaiting more reports!

g said...


Each time the telephone rings in our office, I pick it up and hope I hear Rosine's voice saying..."Hallo".

Keep the faith. It's been a long time since I prayed this much, or this hard. I KNOW it will pay off.

Be strong.

Bill Mahoney

Teri said...


Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you. You are amazing. There is an enormous amount of prayers, strength and love coming your way. No doubt.

When you are home and feeling better I'd like to bring you and your family dinner. I'm normally just good at gossip and drinking but I can throw together some decent grub. Count on me to do that for you.


Teri (AKA Mrs. Captain)

Tiffany said...

please send us a pic of you in a hospital gown. looking coyly over your shoulder while you flash your booty.

Looney said...

Hey, Dino, bro, we love you and we're thinking of and praying for you.

And please only send that pic to Tiffany. Don't want to scare the kids...

Anonymous said...


In your honor, I have agreed to return to the Athletics and not get hurt.


Rich Harden

Anonymous said...


I would like to give you a big hug but I just finished playing basketball so I'm kind of sweaty.

Will that be a problem?