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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 06:44 am:

Eight years ago on these pages, Jonathan Hopper was still taking most of the pictures, many of them from his adventures exploring the Keweenaw. This old log was out by the former Allouez dump.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 06:44 am:

First Post

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 06:44 am:

Good morning.

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 06:48 am:

Way to go, Mikie!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 06:50 am:

Good Morning, Everyone! It supposed to be a warm day here in mid-Michigan today! You all stay cool!

Mikie and Thumbgardner, you both are up early this morning! You two should both get Early Birds this morning.

Mikie, how are you doing this morning? How is Precious?

Thumbgardener, how are you and your husband doing?

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 06:58 am:

I am willing to give the award to Thumbgardener I couldn't sleep all night long so I was on the computer early today. I haven't heard anything new about Precious, I only know that I am sore.

By Pennie (Trolldiva) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 07:09 am:

Congrats Mikie! A well deserved early bird.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 07:23 am:

Way to go Mikie! Of course you deserve the award. Just because you couldn't sleep doesn't make you any less deserving. I hope you feel better today. Will check in with you later to find out how Precious is today.

Good morning everybody. We got some much needed rain yesterday and it's looking that way again.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 07:31 am:

Yeah, Mikie!

By Janet Boatman (Janetnwohio) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 07:37 am:

Good Morning and I hope you start feeling better Mikie it always seems the longer it goes the more spots become painful so it might take a while. I hope all is well with Precious today. Has anybody heard anything about Kevin?

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 08:13 am:

Congratulations, Mikie, on your Early Bird! I wrote my first post this morning, before the Early Bird had been awarded--I just saw the same time for you both.

Mikie, I'm sorry to hear that you could not sleep all night. That's a bummer. I agree with Janet, that you may continue to find new sore spots for awhile, after all of that trauma. I hope you feel better today! And I hope Precious is doing better today, too! You all take care.

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 09:05 am:

Thanks for asking Janet. I posted a message late last night, so I'll repeat it here for those that are interested:

Special Transplant Report:
I just received word via email last night (Wednesday), from my brother...the transplant is complete and the nurse told Kevin that yesterday, May 23rd, is his Second Birthday! Happy Birthday, Kevin!!!
Now our prayers are for the blood stem cells to do their thing and form new marrow successfully! Thank you Mr. 26 year old anonymous donor! God Bless you abundantly!

Mikie~You do deserve the Early Bird, whether you slept well or not. Hope each new dawn finds you and Precious feeling less pain and fewer bruises. Prayers are going out for you too!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 09:19 am:

Mikie...I also am finding out that the ol' bod just doesn't mend quite as good as it used to beyond the age of 45! Fast healing to you and Precious!

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 09:46 am:

Good Morning, I am so glad everyone is getting better. It is nice to see you back Mikie, I'm sure I can speak for all of us when I say give precious a hug. Happy that Kevins transplant is complete also.

By Janet Boatman (Janetnwohio) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 09:59 am:

Mary what wonderful news about Kevin and God bless the donor. Some days you think people have changed so much and really don't care about other people and then this and the other day at the grocery store a older lady came in with a look of panic on her face and she had set her purse down in the store and a young man had found it and they gave it to her and it made me think there are still a lot of good people in the world.

By Danbury (Danbury) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 10:18 am:

Sounds good to begin with. "Gute Besserung" for all that need it!

By s. dearing (Geebeed) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 10:20 am:

Good morning. Great news about Kevin. Will continue to uplift him and all others in prayer.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 10:35 am:

Mary..when will doctors know if the transplant is successful? Kevin is going to be fine, I just know it! :)

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 11:49 am:

Janie T. ~ We've been told that it could take up to 12 days before Kevin's new bone marrow will do its thing and he will once again have blood counts (right now his blood counts are ZERO). I hope Sharon doesn't mind if I share her online journal with those of you who'd like to know more about what Kevin is going through. It all sounds so simple, a transplant and he's better, but it's not that "cut and dried". Sharon Smith went through one in 2001, chronicling it in her journal. You can read about it here: January 2001 (Scroll down to the bottom of the page to get to January 1st) Thanks Sharon!

By Betty Paull Colborn,AZ (Betty) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 12:55 pm:

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE EARLY BIRD MIKIE. Hope each day will be better for you and your wife. We are still praying for you both.

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 01:26 pm:

Mikie, you deserve the award. You crossed the finish line first! I hope you feel better soon, and maybe can catch a nap today. I was up since 5:30, my husband had an early appointment today. Another tomorrow.
Marianne, thanks for asking. My husband is feeling really good. Been doing yard work, etc. Unfortunately he has to have surgery in 2 weeks and have the kidney removed. The surgery went well back in March, but 2 days later he developed a blood clot in the artery leading to the kidney. At that time they said 90% of the time they have to remove it. Well they didn't. They were able to remove the clot and flush the kidney and it was getting good blood flow. They said he had a 50/50 chance it would start working again. As time went by the tests were showing less blood flow, etc. He had spent 15 days in the hospital the first time, came home for 8 days and went back in for 9 more days with an infection in the incision area. The last tests and another biopsy showed it was not going to work. Hopefully this next surgery will go well and he will have a quicker recovery.
As Mary said, these things are not simple. The reason they are taking it out is so he can get off the anti-rejection meds. They do have side effects. When he gets healed again, he can go back on the waiting list. He got this kidney from our daughter. She is in the Air Force stationed in Charleston, SC.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 04:48 pm:

Thumbgardner--I am so glad that your husband at least is feeling well. I'm really sorry to hear that the kidney that he got from your daughter did not work out. And, I'm really sorry to hear about the infections, etc. That's not cool. I do understand removing it since it is not working, so that they can get him off the anti-rejection meds at least for awhile. I have a friend whose daughter had kidney cancer as a small child. She eventually had to have a kidney transplant, plus some other organs, I think. She's doing ok, but she has some major side effects from some of the drugs required.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family! How is your daughter doing? You all take care!

Everyone - enjoy your long weekend! My mom (who was born & raised in Iowa) always called Memorial Day, "Decoration Day", and it used to be always on May 30, if I remember correctly.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 04:55 pm:

While out and about for work today I noticed many cemeteries already had teh flags all over. It was nice to see.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 08:21 pm:

Yup Marianne, Memorial Day was always on the 30th. My dad's birthday is that day and he always said they cheated him out of his day off for his birthday when they changed it to the last Monday of May.

Thumbgardener, our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you and your family. Everything will work out for the best. It's what we have to believe.

By Pennie (Trolldiva) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 08:40 pm:

I have a organ question. If a organ does not work for one person and they have it removed, can it go on to yet another person waiting? Or can a organ only go to one person. Probably a dumb question but I figured I would ask anyway.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 08:41 pm:

Anyone going to the UP for the Memorial Day weekend? We've had
our long weekend there last week, so I'm anxious to hear from
others. The wildflowers were lovely. So were the apple blossoms.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 08:44 pm:

Oops... I left something out of my last message. Do people still
decorate the graves of family members (as well as soldiers) on the
Memorial Day weekend in the UP? My relatives always did that. My
friends here in Toronto were surprised to hear of that custom.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 09:10 pm:

My relatives in Iowa always decorated the graves of our relatives, hence the name, "Decoration Day". When my aunt was still alive and still living in Iowa (she moved to Colorado a couple of years before she passed), we used to send her money for decorations for my parents' graves there in Iowa. But, they have interesting cemetery rules there. The graves are decorated for Decoration Day, but they have to come down the day after, or something like that. There, graves apparently can't be decorated at all, all summer, to make it easier for the lawn to get mowed. (Given those rules, my aunt planted flowers in small planters to put on the graves, and then brought them home to enjoy for the summer, which was fine with me. It has always confused me that the decorations had to come off so fast there, because at least here in mid-Michigan, I think that the graves are decorated for the summer and then at Christmas time for winter. I guess different areas have different rules.

By Laurie B. (Ratherberiding) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 09:19 pm:

Kosk, I clean at St. Joseph Church in Ishpeming, right across from the cemetery and it was sure a busy place today as I looked out the window from time to time. Lots of folks cleaning up graves and putting out flowers. I saw that the veteran flags were out too. The City even gets a prisoner work crew to help with the cleanup. There is a ceremony on Memorial Day for the veterans.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 10:16 pm:

Thanks Marianne and Laurie. When I first read your response,
Laurie, I was confused. I was thinking of the old St. Joseph's which
was nowhere near the Ishpeming Cemetery, but then I remembered
it's across US 41 near my State Farm agent.

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 10:56 pm:

Pennie, I don't think that an organ could be used for someone else. In my husbands case his body didn't reject it. The way it was explained to us the blood clot causes a loss of blood flow to the kidney and injures or shocks the kidney. Sometimes the kidney will recover and start working again. I don't think in the case of rejection it could be used again, but I don't know that for a fact.
Thank you, Deb.
Marianne our daughter is doing well. She is really disappointed this didn't work, as we all are. The way we look at it though is she still gave him something that can never be taken away, and that is a gift of love.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 11:02 pm:

Thumbgardener will be praying for you and your family. Precious will be coming home tomorrow so got to start cleaning the house now.

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 11:11 pm:

Thanks, Mikie. I hope you got some sleep today.

By Beverly, San Jose (Beverly) on Friday, May 25, 2007 - 02:22 am:

Mary and Mikie,
Mary, sometimes thoughts and prayers seem like they are not enough at a time like this, but know that I am thinking of you. You have my deepest sympathy.
Mikie, I just read about the horrific accident you were in and want to send you my best wishes for a speedy recovery for both you and Precious so you can get back to your normal daily lives. Take care.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, May 25, 2007 - 07:39 am:

It goes on in Lake Linden too, Kosk. A couple of years ago when we were there over the Memorial weekend, we were out there cuz they were putting a flag on my uncle's grave. People were all over putting flowers on their loved ones graves. I know when I go there for Memorial weekend, I always bring flowers for my grandparents. Out here they have a parade and then the band stops at the cemetery to play taps and such.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Friday, May 25, 2007 - 05:54 pm:

Deb--Thanks. I thought this must still be true.

By Jacobsville (Barb) on Saturday, May 26, 2007 - 09:55 am:

The Coast Guard Cutter Alder is back to collect and plant more
buoys around the Keweenaw. They are wintered across the canal
from me at the Lower Entry (Jacobsville/White City area).

Lots of geese this spring.


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