Home – Sweet – Home

flowers c/o Jean McGill, photo c/o Doug

I am typing this in Norwalk. After more than six months of treatment, my home base has returned home. Though I will visit Rochester from time to time, it is no longer my base of operations. With all due respects to Rochester and the Generosity of Doug McGill, his family, and sangha, it’s great to be home.

Leucocytes and neutrophils are doing very good, and platelets have begun trending up. The only laggards are the RBCs, so I was given two units this afternoon before Station 74 cut me loose. The PICC line was removed, along with my patient IV band. I’m down to just one med per day. Though there’s a lot of rejuvenating and rebuilding to do, the plane and style of action have shifted.

Actually, there’s one important piece left to the treatment process. We’ll be back in Rochester next week for the end of treatment PET scan and a meeting with Dr Carrie Thompson. Still, today is, for me, the big shift. I’m delighted to be home with Jo and critters and land.

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Yesterday evening, we had dinner with Doug and Donna. It was fun to take them out to the Indian Curry House for once. They’ve been wonderful hosts to us at their place and we have many favors to return. Most of all, we wish them much love in their partnership and steady progress is swimming the stream that goes against the current. Best wishes!

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9 Responses to Home – Sweet – Home

  1. Rosana says:

    Dear Santikaro,

    Impermanence can be wonderful too! Have a great new life! Regards to Jo Marie. Metta. Rosana.

  2. Leslie says:

    Wonderful news to start my day on!!! Welcome Home!

  3. Rodney says:

    woo hoo!!!

    wonderful to hear this news. may you and all beings be blessed with good health.


  4. Bil says:

    Great news Santikaro and Jo.

    Thank you Doug & Donna for your graciousness.

    Be well.

  5. Mike Larson says:

    Whew – seems like time has been standing still. So happy you are home.

    Can’t say enough about the help and hospitality of Doug, the love and support of all your friends, and of course the love and support of Jo. Hugs to all.

    PS – nice to see Lenny again – seems like he only comes out when you are home.

  6. charlie knower says:

    Can you see the big smile on my face?


  7. merrimonks says:

    This news is the best birthday gift I could receive! I’m so happy to learn that you are back home!


  8. Aew says:

    Hard to believe it has been almost a year since we last met! It felt much longer than one year and you and Jo had been through a lot.
    You probably feel very “free” and “light” without all the tubes and the bags.
    I can not find words to describe how happy I am for you , Jo , the geese, the ducks and the ducklings. Oh ! the 3 horses too.
    Healthy,healthy, healthy,

  9. santi says:

    Thanks to yo all for your continuing kindness and moral support.
    If you are in Rochester and looking for a place to practice try …

    Doug McGill’s “Generosity House” at the Rochester Meditation Center
    303 6th Avenue SW
    Rochester, MN 55901

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