My Journey to LA – August 9th, 2016

Danny at Disneyland August 9th, 2016

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                               Welcome, My Dear Shoevians, to ‘Journey to LA –August 9th, 2106’ right here at ‘The Other Shoe’! It is great to be back here writing and publishing on my blog. The Democratic Primary is now over so I can feel free to write and post what I really feel with (less) fear of recriminations. Secretary Hillary Clinton is the ‘Democratic Party Nominee for President’ and (at this moment in time) she is walloping the (dubious and nefarious) Donald ‘Thieving’ Trump by double digits in most polls. However, that is not the thrust of today’s article.

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Today I am here to relay the events, and videos, of my most recent trip form (my home in) Orange County all the way into Rolling Hills Estates/Rancho Palos Verdes of Los Angeles. It is a long and, often, arduous journey for myself and Allen (my caregiver/roommate).  For your viewing enjoyment, today, I have several ALL NEW pictures. These images were taken at Disneyland and in Rancho Palos Verdes during my journey. As well, there will be four All New Videos for your viewing pleasure. I hope that all of you, My Dear Shoevians, enjoy reading this article and viewing these videos and images as much as I did providing them to you!

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The video, above, was taken in the parking lot of the building I live in just prior to the OCTA Access bus arrived to transport me to Disneyland. For those of you, My Dear Shoevians, those are new to this site (and my ‘Journey to LA’ series? Once each, and every three months, I make a very long (and tiresome… often upsetting) journey from here in Orange County (Huntington Beach to be exact) all the way (past Long Beach and San Pedro) into Los Angeles. My final destination is the Promenade on the Peninsula. In the image, below, you can get a good idea of the journey I make… via Public Transportation (for the Disabled). I start from the right side of the image where you see ‘Westminster’ and travel all the way to the left side of the image to the red marked above ‘Dr. Gorlick’ in Rolling Hills Estates.

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Promenade on the Peninsula

Promenade on the Peninsula

(Map of Southern California Showing Start & Finish)

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Now some of you, My Dear Shoevians, might (reasonably) wondering “Why?” do I make this long and tiring journey every three months, and with good reason. Dr. Gorlick is my doctor. I started under his care back in 2005, when I was approved for Medicare (finally) and was able to pick my own doctor. Since I have been under his care I have; undergone surgery (Cervical Fusion) on my neck, fell victim to a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) (a type of mini-stroke), developed ‘Left Foot Drop’, become confined to a power chair, been diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, undergone chemotherapy, and (most recently) been diagnosed with (now) “Severe Degenerative Disc Disease” “Severe Spinal Stenosis” “Multiple Herniated Discs” and (now) the discovery that the degenerative disc disease is now in my lumber spine, too.

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Through it all Dr. Gorlick has ‘had my back’! When I come to him needing a power chair, he helps me get all sorts of paperwork to a prosthetics doctor (even though that… nut case REFUSED to SUBMIT the paperwork) Dr. Gorlick HELPED! When I discovered a lump under my chin, he examined it and referred me to a doctor that helped diagnose my cancer. When I was diagnosed with cancer Dr. Gorlick (again) gave me the name of an Oncologist that he personally knew!   When I come to him and I am unable to bear the level of pain, he helps by increasing my pain medications… time and time again!

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Danny @ Disneyland with Matterhorn in Background

Danny @ Disneyland with Matterhorn in Background

(Danny @ Disneyland with Matterhorn in Background)

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THAT is “Why?” I make this (often arduous) journey ever three months! I am very fortunate to have found a doctor as experienced… as knowledgeable… as compassionate… as caring and considerate as Dr. Gorlick that accepts Medicare! I was lucky to have found him, some eleven years ago, and I am fortunate that he continues my care. Now back to the journey, itself. My Dear Shoevians, I have to be honest (as I am in all things) and tell you that this journey? Well, this journey was one of the most uneventful… quickest and most enjoyable journeys of all that I have made to Rolling Hills Estates in the past five years!

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(Danny at Dr. Gorlick’s Office August 9th, 2016)

(Danny at Dr. Gorlick’s Office August 9th, 2016)

(Danny at Dr. Gorlick’s Office August 9th, 2016)

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For five years I have sat at Disneyland, dropped off by OCTA Access, to be picked up my LA Access. Every single time we have made, at least one, stop during our journey into L.A. However, not this time! This time the driver was a Trainee and there was a supervisor in the back with Allen. There were no pickups. There were no drop-offs! We traveled, quickly, from Disneyland to Rolling Hills Estates and made it there in about an hour! That gave Allen, and myself, time to pick up a little lunch at the Subway in the mall next to where Dr. Gorlick’s office is located.

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As well, on the ride back there was only one person to drop off, and then it was a quick ride into Orange County. This time I even convinced the driver to use the Carpool Lane (I know… you would think that they all would want to use the carpool lane!!… Not so!) The drive home was quick and uneventful and that left us (Allen and I) the time to make the Final Video that you see above! My Dear Shoevians, that video was one of the very best I (feel) I have ever made! It was fun! It was spontaneous! And, I enjoyed making the video.

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With that, My Dear Shoevians, I will bring this edition of ‘Journey to LA’ to a close. Oh, yeah, Dr. Gorlick improved my pain medications! So, YES! YES, I will be working towards writing and publishing on a regular basis, again.

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I would like to express my deep appreciation to you, My Dear Shoevians, for your interest in my blog(s), my writing, my stories and hope that you drop by often and SHARE my blog and articles (via your social media) so that others can enjoy, too!

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THANK YOU!

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Adieu!

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© 2010 – 2016 Hanning Web Wurx and The Other Shoe

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Daniel Hanning- Writer, Research Staff, Editor and Publisher of The Other Shoe

Daniel Hanning- Writer, Research Staff, Editor and Publisher of The Other Shoe

(Daniel Hanning- Writer, Research Staff, Editor and Publisher of The Other Shoe)

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The Battle Rages On…

Danny Hanning @ Chemotherapy

Danny Hanning @ Chemotherapy

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Welcome back My Dear Shoevians to The Other Shoe. First, I would like to wish everyone a “Happy New Year!” I don’t know about you, My Dear Shoevians, but I really needed a ‘new’ year. 2014 had become filled with; pain, suffering, sadness, darkness, confusion, and an overwhelming sense of depression. 2014 brought cancer from something that plague my; father’s father, my father, and my brothers. To something tactical and very real to me. Good riddance to 2014!

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Next, I would like to share two ‘new’ events in my life and the life of this blog. First, it is my unfortunate task to inform all of you, My Dear Shoevians, that my chemotherapy was not as “effective” at battling my cancer as my oncologist had hoped. The gains were minimal, and the effects of the treatment on my body, too severe. Therefore, within the next month of so, I will be moving from chemotherapy to radiation therapy. Anyone that has followed a family member through his or her fight with cancer knows what this treatment entails.

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This move concerns me, as does the bodily harm of the chemotherapy. I am concerned about the radiation burns that will appear on my face. Yes, the area they will ‘nuke’ will be my lower right jaw and neck. For a time, I will have a large discolored area. I know it will pass, just like my hair “will grow back”. Knowing and seeing are two very different things. However, I will soldier onward in hopes that the combination of these two different treatment types will give me a great chance of not having to wage this war again, soon.

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(Danny’s Chemotherapy December 29th 2014)

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Second, I have not been able to keep up the articles at this blog like I had previously, and like I have wanted. This concerns me greatly, and I am at a loss as to find… assistance. However, with the coming of the ‘New Year’ I will redouble my efforts to make more regular postings. Much is happening with NASA’s Mars Exploration project, and I would very much like to keep all of you abreast. I assure you, My Dear Shoevians, that I will make every effort to keep you abreast of these historic events.

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Since I last posted, I have undergone another chemotherapy treatment. Below is a short video I made during that treatment. You know, My Dear Shoevians, I had ‘good intentions’ when this battle started. Intentions to make this blog a journal of my journey through my cancer treatment. Boy did I underestimate the toll these treatments would demand! Now understand that this chemotherapy is not happening to someone in ‘good health’. Not to someone that jogs frequently, or goes to the gym on a regular basis. My body and health were already compromised by my ongoing health issues.

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For me, this was more like kitting a guy when he is already down… with a baseball bat. I am not ‘complaining’ I am just giving everyone some perspective. Some understanding of just why I have been unable to keep the commitments I have made to you, My Dear Shoevians. Now I am going to give you a little insight into just what you might also be reading, here at The Other Shoe, in the upcoming editions.

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March tenth 2010 I wrote and published my first article for this blog. I started this blog, as I have told you My Dear Shoevians, to be a small counterweight to the overwhelming deluge of negative and harmful media and dialogue coming from the far extremes of the conservative movement. Truthfully, I have been remiss in this original goal. I stepped back from political writing and publications in an effort to halt the alienation of some of my readers. Some of my readers, in the South and in Texas, had become deeply disturbed by my writings. Then, they tied their support for me… for my many ‘causes’ to a kind of control over what I wrote and published.

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I should never have allowed this to happen. What is done, is done, and cannot be undone. However, at the risk of never gain receiving help of assistance… never again knowing the kindness of these ‘others’… and standing alone against a sea of troubles. I will begin a series of articles, here at The Other Shoe, that shines a light on the path ahead. We are not the first modern society to place its feet on a path without; reason, knowledge, or logic. That is what I call it when a very vocal group of zealots want to replace the science of evolution with the illogical and unscientific ramblings of ‘Creationism’.

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That, My Dear Shoevians, is just the tip of the iceberg that has frozen reason in political dialogue and discourse in America. Over the next few weeks I will work to open eyes… to share perspective… to draw political parallels… to bring reason back to American political dialogue. Yes… that is a huge goal… but I am a gay man that made it thought the 80’s death march of HIV/AiDS. We buried thousands of our loved ones… before anyone paid attention. I made it thought that… I made it though a fracking typewriter dropping on my head… I made it through loosing my MOBILITY!

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If you, My Dear Shoevians, think I will shy away from this battle? Then the upcoming weeks and months will change your mind!

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Happy New Year!

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Adieu!

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Thank you!

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Arival at the Oncologist's Office

Arival at the Oncologist’s Office

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© 2010 – 2014 Hanning Web Wurx and The Other Shoe

The Mars Report – December 16th, 2014

NASA's Journey To Mars

NASA’S Journey to Mars

(NASA’s Journey to Mars[1])

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Welcome back My Dear Shoevians to The Other Shoe. I am very happy to bring you, My Dear Shoevians, this All New edition of ‘The Mars Report’! It has been several weeks since the last publication of this wonderful and broadly enjoyed article series. I have just lacked the strength and will to write and publish since the start of my chemotherapy treatment for my Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This week I really hope to change that and improve and increase the number of articles I write and publish each week.

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Now, as they say in theater, ‘The show must go on!’ Since the publication of my last edition of ‘The Mars Report’ a lot has happened on Mars and with the rover Curiosity. As well, the spacecraft Maven (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) has arrived and is in orbit around Mars! This orbiting laboratory is dedicated to the study of Mar’s upper atmosphere. Uniquely equipped to measure the composition and structure of the Martian upper atmosphere, it will also investigate its interaction with the Sun and solar winds. The picture below is of the team in Littleton, Colorado celebrating MAVEN’s successful entry into orbit around Mars.

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(image Thanks to NASA/JPL Web Site[2])

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Celebrating MAVEN Orbit

Celebrating MAVEN Orbit

(MAVEN Team in Littleton, Colorado Celebrating Mars Orbit)

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Now, My Dear Shoevians, I have told you why MAVEN is orbiting Mars. However, as I have always believed why just use words when you can use a graphic, too? J That serves as a nice segway into the next image in today’s article. As part of NASA’s ‘Mars Scout’ program MAVEN will help determine just what happened to the Martian atmosphere. As well, MAVEN will assist NASA/JPL scientists answer the big question ‘Did Mars have liquid water… if so, what happened to the liquid water?’ MAVEN has a big job ahead and all the technicians and scientists at NASA and JPL are anxious to get busy putting MAVEN’s scientific instruments to work! Below is a graphic that helps explain MAVEN’s journey and its job once in orbit.

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(Image Thanks to NASA/JPL Web Site[3])

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MAVEN’s Arrival at Mars Explained

MAVEN’s Arrival at Mars Explained

(MAVEN’s Arrival at Mars Explained)

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Now that we have covered MAVEN’s arrival and the job it has ahead. Let me share, with you, images that MAVEN has already sent to us here on Earth! See, I told you that the scientists and technicians were/are anxious to get MAVEN working. The image, below, is of the Martian extended upper atmosphere. There are three images through different three different filters. One showing Hydrogen… one Oxygen… one Reflected Sunlight… and one that is a composite of the three different filters. This gives us, My Dear Shoevians, a very good idea of the make-up of the upper atmosphere and just how far each element extends above the Martian surface.

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(image Thanks to NASA/JPL Web Site[4])

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MAVEN’s FIRST Observations of Mars’ Upper Atmosphere

MAVEN’s FIRST Observations of Mars’ Upper Atmosphere

(MAVEN’s FIRST Observations of Mars’ Upper Atmosphere)

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Now, My Dear Shoevians, our next (and final) image for today from MAVEN is perhaps the most interesting. On October 17th MAVEN came within 5.3 million miles of a comet. ‘Siding Spring’ is the name of the comet and MAVEN managed to catch an incredible image from its Ultraviolet Spectrograph instrument. MAVEN captured an ultraviolet image as hydrogen atoms scattered in the solar ultraviolet light. See, the surface of most comets is water trapped in ice. As comets propel through our solar system, the ice evaporates off the comet’s surface. As this water vapor rises off the comet’s surface ultraviolet light breaks apart the hydrogen and oxygen! The image, below, is of the hydrogen ‘coma’ caused by this breakdown of water molecules.

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(Image Thanks to NASA/JPL Web Site[5])

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MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of ‘Siding Spring’ comet’s Coma

MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of ‘Siding Spring’ comet’s Coma

(MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of ‘Siding Spring’ comet’s Coma)

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That, My Dear Shoevians, brings us to the end of the portion of this “The Mars Report’ devoted to the MAVEN orbiter. Now I have four images from the Curiosity rover to share. First, I want to talk about the image at the top of this article. Labeled NASA’s Journey to Mars it shows the different systems and vehicles that will assist NASA and mankind in its exploration of deep space and Mars. As outlined in the NASA Authorization Act of 2010[6] the goals are as follows;

  • 2018First launch of the powerful Space Launch System[7] rocket. This rocket, and future improve versions, will help propel mankind to land on a comet take samples and return and eventually to Mars.
  • 2025Using the Space Launch System rocket in conjunction with the Orion[8] spacecraft NASA plans to land astronauts on a comet, have them take samples, then redirect the comet to orbit the MOON! As well, bringing back the comet samples using the Orion spacecraft.
  • 2030’s – Using a greatly improved Space Launch System [9] and the Orion spacecraft NASA plans to land a human astronaut on the Martian surface. Using human driver rovers they hope to discover ice bound water near the Martian poles. This water would, then, be converted into fuel for further Deep Space Exploration by robotic rovers then my human astronauts.

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That is the explanation of the graphic above, and the general outline for NASA’s and mankind’s adventure into Deep Space, the Martian surface and beyond. Our first image for this second half of today’s ‘The Mars Report’ was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter[10]. What we are looking at, here, is a geological separation on the Martian surface. A ‘Geologic Transition’ between the ‘Murray formation’ and a ‘Hematite ridge’. This transition is important in that they show dramatic changes in the soil composition and the layering of the formations. This is the very next location target for the rover Curiosity.

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(Image Thanks to NASA/JPL Web Site[11])

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Geologic Transition from Murray formation to Hematite ridge

Geologic Transition from Murray formation to Hematite ridge

(Geologic Transition from Murray formation to Hematite ridge)

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Our next image, My Dear Shoevians, is one of the clearest and sharpest high definition images I have ever seen come out of the MastCam (Mast Camera) of the rover Curiosity. We, Curiosity and Us, have arrived at ‘Alexander Hills’. Alexander Hills is in the ‘Pahrump Hills’ at the very base of Mount Sharp. The image is of an outcrop of bedrock that Curiosity encountered as it makes it final approach to Mount Sharp. The image, below, is a mosaic of six images taken by the Mastcam on November 23rd, 2014. The very next image shows just where Curiosity is and where it took this spectacular image. As always, My Dear Readers, the images at blog dot com have been cropped and compressed. However, if you go over the the secondary location at Word Press (www.theothersshoe.wordpress.com) you can click on any image and see it in the original resolution.

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(Image Thanks to NASA/JPL Web Site[12])

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Mosaic of Six Mastcam shots at ‘Alexander Hills’

Mosaic of Six Mastcam shots at ‘Alexander Hills’

(Mosaic of Six Mastcam shots at ‘Alexander Hills’)

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As I explained, above, the image below outlines Curiosity’s path from ‘Confidence Hills’ to the high point on Mount Sharp ‘Salsberry Peak’. This gives us the current location of Curiosity at ‘Alexander Hills’ and shows the path forward.

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(Image Thanks to JPL Web Site[13])

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Curiosity’s Path to Salisberry Peak

Curiosity’s Path to Salisberry Peak

(Curiosity’s Path to Salisberry Peak)

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That brings us, My Dear Shoevians, to the final image of the day and the final image of this expanded edition of ‘The Mars Report’. As always I would like to express my thanks to the NASA and JPL web sites for all of the images that I have shared here today. Without the use of these incredible images I would not be able to bring you edition after edition of ‘The Mars Report’. The image, below, was taken back on September 7th, 2013 from the ‘Darwin’ waypoint. I include it today because it shows the incredible bluffs of Mount Sharp. Mount Sharp is the first major waypoint and scientific point of interest for Curiosity. Reaching Mount Sharp will be an incredible achievement for Curiosity and the incredible people at NASA/JPL. Without whom none of this would be possible. I leave you with Mount Sharp!

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(Image Thanks to NASA/JPL Web Site[14])

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Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers

Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers

(Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers)

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Well, My Dear Shoevians, today we have made quite a journey. From MAVEN reaching Martian orbit, and providing incredible images of the Martian upper atmosphere and an ultraviolet image of hydrogen atoms fleeing a comet’s surface. All the way back to the Martian surface joining Curiosity as it makes its final climb to the summit of Mount Sharp. Today’s edition of “The Mars Report’ was a heroic reintroduction of this article series to you, My Dear Shoevians. I hope that you have enjoyed every single image, and gained some knowledge from the information I have shared.

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This article is set to self-publish as I am sitting at the Total Care Infusion Center receiving my forth chemotherapy treatment. I have prepared this article, in advance, so that you, My Dear Shoevians, could have something beautiful to enjoy while I battle my cancer. My Dear Shoevians, I grow weary of… begging for support. I have written, pleaded, even ran a campaign at Indiegogo to try and raise funds for me… to battle cancer… and not engage in this battle… broke and poor.

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My situation has not changed. Except for the fact I am gut tired of asking for your assistance. Next week is Christmas… and I am looking at a bleak… and painful holiday. This is my lot… I understand. But nothing says I have to face it broke and depressed. You, My Dear Shoevians, can change my Holiday Season. With little more than the cost of a couple of days Starbucks coffee you can donate and make a huge difference in my holidays… and my battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer. It is very easy. Just go to PayPal and send; $5, $10, $20 or more to – Daniel Hanning with my email of Enzomatrix@earthlink.net. I will get immediate notification of your donation to my battle with cancer. And… I just might be able to have a genuine Merry Christmas.

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Thank you for your time, your consideration, and (if you so choose) your donation. I hope that all of YOU, My Dearest Shoevians, have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays! Thank you for your visits… thank you for your time… thank you for your kindness.

 

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P.S. You all may have noticed… as of this week you are NO longer merely ‘Readers’ of The Other Shoe… You ARE, in fact, ‘Shoevians’. Readers of this blog, The Other Shoe, at either location earns you the (dubious) honor of the deisgnation a ‘Shoevian’. A little Christmas present from me to Shoe… 😉

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays!.

Adieu!

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Thank YOU!

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Danny Hanning @ Chemotherapy

Danny Hanning @ Chemotherapy

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© 2010 – 2014
Hanning Web Wurx and The Other Shoe

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To BE… or NOT to BE… Part Two

Danny Hanning

Danny Rolling Hills Estates

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. As well, welcome to ‘Part Two’ of ‘To be, or Not to Be’! If you were here, yesterday, and/or you read the first part of this article… and you are here to finish by reading the second part of this article? FRIGGING KUDOS TO YOU! YOU… ARE…. A ‘My Dear Reader’!

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We left off and I had, finally, won my Social Security Disability lawsuit, purchased a laptop computer and a copy of Microsoft Office. Thus giving me access, for the first time, to WORD! A writer without a good word processing software program is like a painter without brushes or paint. We, artists, all need good tools. Today, I am very fortunate to have; a Good Word Processor program, a Good Animation program, and a Good Newsletter/Business Card/’Publisher’ type program. Once this chemotherapy and cancer battle is over… and if I find myself… more financially solvent… you, My Dear Readers, just might fund yourself the audience to some really incredible animation and newsletters. It is all in ‘The Plan’… though… honestly… it is very difficult to reach for those goals… struggling with poverty/disability/cancer at Christmas!

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It took me some time, once I had the laptop computer and Word processor, I had to screw-up the courage to put my words out there for everyone to read… and scrutinize. THAT took a lot of courage, yet on March 10th, 2010 I jumped in, feet first, into the world of public writing and (to a lesser degree) blogging. Quite honestly, I am not that great a blogger… but my writing makes up for my lack of… blogging skills. Now, for The Other Shoe to drop.

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What was The Other Shoe? ONE too many times hearing/reading some brain-dead low-information voter schmuck asking for President Obama’s birth certificate, ONE to many times hearing/reading that President Obama hates whites, ONE too many times hearing/reading that ‘Liberals’ are retards = “Libtards”, and ONE too many times… … … that was the only voice. That was all it took to overcome my fear and trepidation about strangers scrutinizing my work/writing and throwing caution to the wind to defend the America I GREW-UP LOVING!

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That is why I am here, again, today. I swear that if I hear another human being start regurgitating some hyperbolic idiocy about Benghazi I am going to puke blood out of my eyes. Before we go on? There have been; seven ‘investigations’, thirteen hearings, FIFTY briefings, and TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND pages of documents released[1]. And… ALL have exonerated this President, this Administration, the State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and my dog Spot. Thing of it is? It happened. It happened, and a very good man lost his life. Well, a handful (4) of people lost their life, and the U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens lost his life. FYI that was the first U.S. Ambassador to die on duty since 1979.

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It is a terrible shame and we should do everything in our power to keep it from happening again. However, the fact of the matter is there is nobody, but the attackers, to blame. Period.

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My Dear Readers, THAT is an example of the ‘Why’ behind the birth and origin of ‘The Other Shoe’. My Dear Readers I just grew too tired, head just too much hyperbolic rhetoric, and watched as people made millions tearing this great nation asunder. I watched, in horror, as ‘people’ made millions sewing the seeds of discontent into the hearts, minds and souls of (for the most part) good honest Americans. Oh, granted, there are ‘some’ that, well, this hateful/hyperpartisan rhetoric fits them like a handmade custom set of shoes (not that I have ever had a pair of handmade custom shoes… its just that those have to be such a fine fit that it seemed… to fit). J

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I wrote, and published, and hashed it out online in Facebook with these ‘people’. Much to my chagrin? It did more harm to me, than it did to them. My father taught me, a long time ago, do not bother arguing with drunks. There is no way reason will change the mind of a person who’s reticular formation is under the influence of ethyl alcohol. It may not be the reticular formation, that is affected, in these ‘people’ but… whatever it is… they react the very same. This was the first two… to three years. In that time I lost friends. Some, because they were the very people that my father spoke of, others… because they could not sit by and watch me tear myself apart… trying to save’ people that do not want ‘saving’.

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My health declined, rapidly. I fond myself unable to walk. I was tearing holes in the upper right corner of all my left shoes… and socks. My health declined and my finances suffered. Oy vey! Did they decline! I was in desperate need of a power chair to get around. A wheelchair would not do… because my left hand and arm were not strong enough to properly use a wheelchair. I would have been stuck in a wheelchair just going around and around in a circle to the left. Not gonna work!

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So, I found myself in a major predicament. I need… desperately needed a power chair, and I did not have the funds nor resources to purchase one. This is when everything changed. In short order I found that… some people were willing to help… and they really could help. (They had means) Yet, there was a problem. The problem was with my political writing on my blog. WOOF! Here, in a matter of just a couple of years, my blog had gone from non-existence to something that people were willing to use as a foil against me. Deeply disturbing.

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You know, My Dear Readers, I hadn’t thought about it… till now, but the comments that I should stop my political writing came, pretty much, right on the heals of my questions being used on national television to grill Republican leaders! No! I do not think one has anything to do with another. Yet, they did happen really close in timing.

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So, two years ago I made a promise. I promised that I would no longer write political works… and I was assured that I would receive financial assistance. That brings us to today. (I know it is a bit of a jump… but I want to finish this up… and I want to save myself embarrassment) Today I am in desperate need for financial assistance. I cannot afford to foods I should eat, nor enough of them, to help my body battle this cancer. I have, already, received notification that Medicare/MediCal have not covered all the medical expenses (they usually do) and that… just to the end of August (PRIOR to the FOUR scans OR the Chemotherapy) there is $1,300.00 of unpaid “Uncovered” medical expenses.

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My birthday has come, and gone, without notice of celebration… while I am fighting cancer… our 27th anniversary… Past without celebration… and now Christmas is set to come and go without a single ‘present’ or Christmas Dinner (Oh, I forgot to mention… there was no ‘Thanksgiving Dinner’ either). Now, My Dear Readers, I can handle the; lost mobility, severe intractable daily pain, neuropathy, and now cancer. But… to have to face all of this… in Poverty!?!?

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In POVERTY and I cannot write political works? Yeah, that doesn’t ‘add’ up, does it? So, I have come to two decisions.

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First – I am going to write and publish political works, again. I am going to do my best to make them based in facts and politically accurate and non-partisan. I am not out to hurt’ anyone of either party.

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Second – I AM going to ask for support. My Dear Readers? I do not want to wakeup Christmas morning and want to eat a bullet. I pray to God that someone will help me to not have to face Cancer at Christmas in poverty! I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy! I really do not think that anyone should have to go through… this.

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Finally, I am going to do my best to get back into the swing of writing several times a week. However, I am going to ask for your, My Dear Readers, HELP! It is not forever… I just would like for some people to care and help me to have a decent Christmas and Christmas Dinner! That is not greedy. It is just… I cannot handle being without proper food… a nice holiday dinner… chemotherapy… and abject poverty.

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You, My Dear Readers, can help! You can go to PayPal and donate/send me (Daniel Hanning – Enzomatrix@earthlink.net) a donation (I mean… it would bee less than what some people spend on Starbucks in a week!)… PLEASE consider donating; $5, $10, or $20 and I can carve out a nice Christmas… a Christmas Dinner… and obtain the foods I need for a proper diet to battle cancer. Over the past four years I have written and published 600+ articles for you, My Dear Readers, to share and enjoy! Now… I am in genuine need.

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($2,295.00 Hanging Over My Head at CHRISTMAS... Shoot me now!)

($2,295.00 Hanging Over My Head at CHRISTMAS… Shoot me now!)

 

($2,295.00 Hanging Over My Head at CHRISTMAS… Shoot me now!)

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Conclusion: I am going to return to writing and publishing some political works. They will, mainly, be about POLICY and less about PoliTICS. I will do my best to keep non-partisan and not personal. I want to write about the policy problems America faces… the growing racial problems… the growing economic inequality. PERIOD.

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So, this is an announcement article about me resuming some political policy articles… and that I am NOT going to sit quietly in the corner and cry myself to sleep, anymore. I am going to ASK YOU, My Dearest Readers, for HELP! That’s it! I have come a long way… I have a long way to go. I hope that all of you, My Dear Readers, stay with me along the way.

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Be SURE to check out the ALL NEW edition of ‘The Mars Report’ right here… tomorrow morning!

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In conclusion. PLEASE take a moment… go to PayPal and make a donation to help me battle my cancer… and (maybe… just maybe) have a nice Christmas and a nice Christmas Dinner. Please?

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Thank you for your consideration… you kindness… and your support.

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Adieu!

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Thank YOU!

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HOLIDAY DISASTER!!!

Danny Hanning

Danny Rolling Hills Estates

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My Dearest Readers, Family, Friends and Followers –

My financial situation has become much worse! TODAY (December 14th, 2014) is the TWENTY-SEVENTH anniversary of the Very First Date between Allen and myself. I am very deeply saddened by the fact that as much as I would like… WANT to do something special for Allen to celebrate. However, I/we completely lack the financial resources with which to celebrate or enjoy this very important and… well… incredible anniversary! My parents only made it to their 25th anniversary! That Allen and I have made it to out 27th anniversary is… REALLY is an achievement to be proud of and that really deserves to be celebrated. On top of that… Christmas is just a WEEK away… and, again, I/we lack the financial means with which to enjoy and/or celebrate this wonderful and joyous occasion.

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Therefore, My Dearest Readers I am asking for your HELP and ASSISTANCE! I know that there is little time left… but I just know that ‘If there is a will, there is a WAY!’ A way to help me to bring joy and reward Allen for how hard he works… how hard he works to keep me; bathed, shaved, to my appointments, to my chemotherapy, and sitting beside me each and ever; test, scan, treatment, appointment and EVERYTHING! HONESTLY… I really want to show him I care. I cannot; sell blood, sell organs, or enlist and/or participate in ANY drug trials or other experimental treatments due to my cancer. I wrote, here earlier. That I was going to see if there were any experimental treatments of drug trials that I could get involved with so that I could bring more money into the home. Money to provide a Christmas for Allen and myself.

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Over the past two weeks I have contacted a half-dozen companies that conduct; drug trials, medical procedure trials, and experimental surgeries. ALL of them, after I told them that I have Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, told me that I was barred from participation in any kind of drug trials, medical procedure paid trials, or paid experimental surgeries. This really burst my bubble and plunged me even deeper into depression and rejection. NOW?

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Now, My Dearest Readers, the ONLY HOPE I have is that somebody… someone… that reads my works… knows me on Facebook… or SOMEBODY that I went to PHS with… hears my story and… (I am really praying… every day) and… offers to help me out. There simply is not time for me to run and Indiegogo campaign. That was the way I raised the money for my power chair… and it was the way I raised the money I needed when Allen was arrested for stealing a truck (at 47!!!) RIGHT when the building we were living in was SOLD and EVERYBODY was being forced to move out!

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Therefore, I am throwing caution to the wind and working as hard as I can… regardless of the effect on my health, during chemotherapy. I have decided that I am going to write and publish as much as I can in hopes that someone ‘sees’ my need and takes a few moments to lend us/me a hand in my time of great need! For ANYONE that wants to help? Please contact me through this blog, via Facebook, or through my email – Enzomatrix@earthlink.net.

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You CAN send help, money, through PayPal by using my name Daniel Hanning and the email that I listed above. I sincerely apologize! This is NOT the situation that I wanted to be in at Christmas or at our Anniversary!!! I dread asking people for any kind of help or financial assistance… but what am I going to do!?! I cannot work… I cannot sell; my blood, my organs, do drug trials, or experimental surgeries! About the only thing left, for me, would be to stand out by the side of the freeway with a cardboard sign and beg for money. Please help!?!?

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To Be, or NOT to Be…

Danny Hanning

Danny Rolling Hills Estates

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. My Dearest Readers I come here today to make… an… admission. I come here, to this blog… this blog with over Six Hundred Articles… this blog that is over four years old and has over six hundred articles… to make an admission. On March 10th, 2010 I, Daniel Hanning, created this blog The Other Shoe (as in ‘waiting for The Other Shoe to drop) for a singular primary reason. Oh, there were a lot of reasons I started this blog, My Dear Readers. I had, recently, found out that I would never walk the same… I would be in pain… for the rest of my life… I had stories to tell, that lived in my heart and mind. There were a lot of secondary and tertiary reasons, My Dear Readers, for me starting this blog. But, there was only ONE primary reason I started this blog.

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AMERICA. My Dearest Readers there was only ONE primary reason that, on March 10th 2010, I started this blog. I was gravely concerned about America. To be more specific, I was gravely concerned about the political dialogue here in America. Extrapolating, I was gravely concerned about the tone of political dialogue in America. I was gravely concerned at the immediate tone of political dialogue in America could/would do severe and irreversible damage to our fragile Republic. Politics.

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YES, My Dearest Readers, the tone of the political dialogue following the election of President Barrack Obama had created a genuine concern. I had a genuine concern of the (possible) irreversible damage to our fragile Republic. I created The Other Shoe as a counter weight to the, often vicious and hateful, political dialogue that dominated some of our national media outlets. My Dearest Readers, I created this blog in the hopes that I could possibly help to create an alternative to the growing; negative, personally vicious, and often hateful hyperbolic rhetoric that (appeared) to be the cornerstone of some of our national media outlets.

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Truthfully, My Dearest Readers, I did not come into this blog without previous experience in; writing, publishing and editing. Prior to starting this blog I had spent several years as the Political Editor for the web site ‘All Out Games’. ‘All Out Games’ was (to be) an international web site for gay gamers. Yes, that is correct. I had joined a group of young men that wanted to create a web presence for gay gamers, from all over the world. To create place where gay gamers, from all over the world, could come to and (without prejudice or hatred) discuss gaming… and what it was to be a ‘Gay Gamer’. At this time World of Warcraft would not allow a “Gay Guild” in game. When playing multiplayer online games, one of the sure ways to get kicked form a game would be to mention you are gay… or act or sound ‘gay’.

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We were the only web site, in the world, designed and created (from the ground up) for that sole purpose. After, only, a few weeks of posting to threads? The founder and administrator of the web site sent me a personal message asking me if I want to write articles for this web site. After only a few weeks of that, he asked me to be the ‘Editor in Chief’ for the sections; ‘Personal Computers’ (meant for tips on maintaining and upgrading PC hardware/software), PC game Reviews, and … … … POLITICS. For the next 18 months I did my very best to; write engaging and informative reviews (that included in-game screenshots and short videos), wrote articles about how to maintain the personal computers and update/upgrade their hardware and software, and I wrote political articles.

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All Out Games’ was my very first experience writing political articles for online publication. After, about, two years I left ‘All Out Games’. I did not leave, the staff, of that wonderful and supportive web site for any reason that most might imagine. I did leave the staff because they (the owner/Admin) totally changed format(s). It went from ‘All Out Games’ a web site for gay gamers (Mostly PC games, we didn’t really cover consoles)… went from gay gaming TO… … … ‘Homo Mojo’ a web site devoted to… … … the review and promotion of… … … gay videos.

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Now the admin, the writing staff, a majority of the regulars, and the group of FoE’(s) [Friends of Enzo] begged me to stay on and keep writing reviews. Oh, back then I wrote and published under the moniker ‘Enzo Matrix’. It had been my handle in most online games and in World of Warcraft, too. There was a large outcry, from the readers and even most of the writing/editing staff, for me to stay on and “keep up your great work”. I did think and consider my course of action very seriously, My Dear Readers. However, what I just could not get past was just how (people like you, My Dear Readers) would ‘see’ me after publishing on a web site that just reviewed and promoted gay pornographic movies. Remember, this was in 2005, and attitudes about pornographic movies were not the same as today.

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My Dearest Readers I really wanted (desired) to (one day) be taken seriously as a writer of political articles. I had genuine concerns that, IF, I spent any length of time writing and publishing reviews of gay pornographic videos it would greatly damage my chances of being taken seriously as a political writer. I stayed on, as a web site member, for several weeks. I watched, the change, read the work of the writers and carefully considered my course of action. Remember, My Dearest Readers, that this was my very first ‘paying gig’ as a writer. As well, I had a rather large group of followers that very much enjoyed my work.

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Not only would I loose a paying gig, I would (likely) loose all my followers, a viable outlet for my political works, and the only real replacement for the work I was no longer able to do. It was a very difficult decision and I labored over this decision for more than a week. In the end, I realized that writing reviews and promotional material for gay pornographic materials and videos just was not; (1) What I wanted to do, (2) Was more likely to harm my future prospects than improve them {finally} (3) I had never really been a fan of… enjoyed… spent time watching gay pornographic videos or magazines or anything. It really was ‘outside my limits of experiences. To this day I feel I made the correct decision and I have no regrets.

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This all took place the later part of 2005, and it ended up being the correct decision for more than the reasons I outlined so far. Because, it was in 2005 that my state disability payments maxed out and my application for Social Security Disability reached its second rejection. It was in 2005 that I went about hiring an disability attorney, going to a lot more doctor appointments, a lot more X-rays and scans, and they discovered that even more was wrong with my cervical spine. For the next five years I did not publish but I continued to write, on my computer, and I played games as much as my pain allowed.

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My Dearest Readers, when I started this article (Sunday night 12/14/14) I honestly thought I would finish this tale in just a few pages and just one night. WRONG! Now, rather than try to boil this article down to just a few pages more and publish a poorly written work? I have decided to make this ‘Part One’ of a multiple part article. Edit this, tonight, and publish it for promotion tomorrow, Monday. Then, tomorrow, I will do my very best to get to the meat of my story and this article for publication on Tuesday or Wednesday. When it is published will greatly depend on how my chemotherapy goes and how my body reacts.

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I am going to shoot for a Wednesday publication, My Dear Readers. That way I will have articles published on; Monday, Wednesday and Friday! Three articles in one week is a good and reasonable publication goal. It is not my previous goal of six to seven articles in a seven day period. However, it is much better than my (for the past month or so) one article every seven days. I like this new publication schedule because it is substantially more writing published in seven days, but it is a goal that I feel I can meet!

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So, I am going to go back and edit/review my work. Then I am going to upload this article to my blog(s), embed some images and schedule it for publication for Monday morning! Tehn, tomorrow, as I am getting prepared for Tuesday’s chemotherapy I can finish writing the article. Label it is ‘Part Two’, edit/review, upload, embed and schedule for publication on Tuesday or Wednesday. Then I have just to create and write/edit/publish one more article for Friday and I have greatly increased my publication output!

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Now, My Dear Readers, let’s remember that ‘when we left off’ I had left ‘All Out Games’ and was about to win my Social Security Disability and Medicare benefits. Winning these benefits would allow me the resources to purchase an all new computer and ‘Word’ software to write. These two factors would really empower me to reach out and grab ‘The Other Shoe’!

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My Dear Readers I am going to do my best to get you all caught up on the articles about my last TWO chemotherapy treatments, my (November) visit to my primary care physician, and all other medical appointments… by the end of this year. From right before my initial diagnosis I promised to keep all of you, My Dear Readers, in-the-loop. Keep you all up-to-date with my diagnosis, my treatment and the outcome of my treatment. I have no intention to go back on that promise, I know that a good many of you are genuinely interested in my care and treatment and I want to honor your caring.

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I hope that everyone has enjoyed reading, today, and that you come back to read the conclusion of this article series. Tuesday I will be at the Transfusion Center for my chemotherapy. I do not know if I will be on Facebook, but I am pretty sure that I will not publish on Tuesday… That is… unless, of course, I completely finish writing/editing/uploading/embedding tomorrow.

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Adieu!

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Thank YOU!

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Let it Rain, Let it Rain, Let it RAIN!

Danny Hanning

Danny Rolling Hills Estates

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          Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. I know that you, My Dear Readers, cannot see it… and you may well doubt it… but as I write this article I am SMILING! I am smiling because, after more than sixteen months, it is raining here in Southern California! That’s right starting late Thursday night, early Friday morning; the rain began to fall here in Orange County. This low-pressure system originated in Oregon late last week, and began its march down the California coast, Monday.
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As readers here at The Other Shoe I have kept you, My Dearest Readers, fully informed of the California drought. As well, I wrote and published an article, earlier this year, about the stationary high-pressure system that parked itself off the Southern California coast for the past 14 to 18 months. Since January I have written and published five articles on the subject of the California drought. They are; The Great Californian Exodus, California Drought Update 2-16-14, The California Drought – The Desalination Solution, California Gets Relief From Drought and California, Up In FLAMES!.

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Anyone could easily see that I was pretty darned concerned about the growing drought problem, here in California (mainly Southern California). The culprit, in this drought condition in Southern California, (as explained in several of the articles listed above) was a persistent stationary high-pressure system that had parked itself just off the Southern California coast for FOURTEEN(+) MONTHS! This intransigent & persistent dome of high-pressure had befuddled meteorologists and scientists at The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They had never seen a high-pressure system park itself off the west coast of America for this long, like ever!

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My Dear Readers, I make no effort to hide the fact that I was born and raised in the great state of Texas. Why I mention this is that the intransigent dome of high-pressure (parked off the Southern California coast) has, also, one of the major culprits of the ongoing drought in my home state of Texas. 2014 was supposed to be an El Nino year. That means that there should have been twelve months of rolling low-pressure systems starting in Southern California and rolling all the way into Texas. o- However, the persistent (and unexplained and freakish) dome of high-pressure forced all that low-pressure and precipitation North! Denying and depriving Southern California and Texas of, more than, a year’s worth of El Nino rain.

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Now, My Dear Readers, with two days of (often pounding) rain has given much needed relief to Southern California. Further I think that it is safe to assume that this freakish dome of high-pressure’s grip, on Southern California, has been broken! That is not to say that our drought conditions are over, far from it, but that we here in Southern California (and my friends, family, and loved ones in Texas) can look forward to a very wet (remainder) of the holiday season & a reasonably wet New Year (2015). I love RAIN! Growing up in Southeast Texas from late 50’s into the early 80’s, I grew up with frequent and persistent rainstorms.

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I was reading information, at the NOAA web site, that explained that Texas experienced “higher than average” rainfall amounts and more frequent than normal El Nino conditions during the exact time I grew up in Texas. These conditions predisposed me to, not only, enjoying rainy weather, but also making it such that without rainy weather… well, I just don’t feel normal. I would even guess that all that rainy weather, cloudy days for days and days at a time, might have some bearing on my being a gloomy kind of guy… and always including rainy weather in my stories.

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Well, My Dearest Readers, I have to tell you that (since the rain started on Thursday night) I have; slept better, napped more often, found my (lost) appetite, and relaxed more than anytime since my cancer diagnosis. I hope that this rainy weather continues throughout the rest of the holiday season and well into the New Year. For my; friends, family, and loved ones in Texas I do hope that all the rainy weather that starts here (in Southern California) finds its way all the way into Texas.

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That brings us to the end of this article for Saturday December 13th, 2014. I am working on an article about Alexander and his improved health for tomorrow. YES! I have ‘Good News’ about my fury buddy and he may soon return to ‘Sunday Funnies’ right here at The Other Shoe very soon! I hope that everyone has a great weekend. That you get lots of rest and relaxation and that you spend your time with the people that make you smile and show you love and affection. Unfortunately I have my THIRD chemotherapy this week. I am not looking forward to the chemotherapy… or the bleak and dismal upcoming Christmas.

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I won’t belabor the point… but My Dear Readers I find myself facing another holiday without the means for any kind of ‘Holiday Meal’. I really do not want to be Captain Bringdown… but… I was really hoping and praying that somehow… someway…. I was going to find or work a way to pull off a Christmas Miracle. I apologize. It is just so difficult to face the cancer and chemotherapy… during the Holiday Season without any Christmas cheer.

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Thanks for dropping by, My Dear Readers. I hope that everyone has enjoyed this rainy article. I look forward to publishing more articles in the upcoming week and weekend. I am trying my best to get back into the swing of writing and publishing on a regular basis. Again, I wish a very Merry Christmas to all of you, My Dearest Readers!
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Adieu!

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Thank you!

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Returning to The Other Shoe

Danny Rolling Hills Estates - November 2014

Danny Rolling Hills Estates – November 2014

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                                   Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. It has been three weeks since my last publication. Just like the old saying goes; my mind and heart are willing, but the flesh is weak. Today, well it has been a little over two weeks since my last chemo, I am feeling able to write and publish. My next chemo is a week from Wednesday, December 17th. That will be my last chemo, this year.

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My Dear Readers it has been my intention to get back into the swing of publishing on a regular basis. The (harsh) reality is? I will be unable to meet my previous publication schedule while I am in chemo. Once this round of chemo is complete, I am hopeful that I will be able to return to a regular full schedule of publications. That is barring any unforeseen complications post chemo. I have no intention of abandoning this blog, or my writing, anytime soon.

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The Martian rover, Curiosity, is still working making new discoveries. Therefore, ‘The Mars Report’ will return and continue. I still enjoy discovering and researching News from Around the World” assuring the continuation of the article series of the same name. I still enjoy PC & console gaming, assuring the continuation of ‘MMORPG’s and YOU!’. Timmy and Archer still live in my heart, and often (still) play in my mind. YES! I hard really hoped to have their first story complete… this year. However, I have continued adding plot lines, character development, and tie-ins for future publications.

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I can tell you one (SPOILER ALERT!) fact about; Timmy, Archer and Smithville. They (all) will be the setting for a second story… this time set at Christmas! Yes, so you My Dear Readers can see just why I really wanted to finish my first story… so I could start sharing excerpts of the upcoming second book… just in time for Christmas! Not going to tell you, My Dear Readers, anymore than that… don’t want to spoil the end of my current story.

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This week I hope to write and publish a current edition of ‘The Mars Report’. I have, already, researched Curiosity’s recent endeavors and discoveries and there is a good deal to share and report. As well, I think that (if I am up to it) there will be another edition of ‘News from Around the World’ released later in the week. I have just one appointment, this week, then chemo starts next week.

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For EVERYONE that keeps dropping by…. EVERYONE that kept visiting and reading? THANK YOU! It is very encouraging to see traffic reports that show… many of you, My Dear Readers, just keep coming and reading and sharing and enjoying The Other Shoe. It is my heartfelt desire to make your visits… worthwhile. To reward all of you, My Dear Readers, for your support and patronage.

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In closing, I will do my very best to write and publish as much as I am able. Do my very best to publish as often and as regularly as my health and flesh allow. I do miss writing… publishing and seeing the comments and ‘Like’(s) and Shares from all of you, My Dearest Readers. Most of all… I just want to get back to doing that which I can… to continue to contribute… in the only way I have left to me.

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Adieu!

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Thank you!

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Birthday Wishes and Cancer Experimental Treatments…

Danny Does Chemo - Day One #1

Danny Does Chemo – Day One #1

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Welcome back My Dearest Readers to The Other Shoe. In just three days I will celebrate my 57th birthday on this planet, named Earth. Today is Monday November 17th, 2014 and it will be a day that I remember for, well, the rest of my life. For today is the day that I made a decision that will affect the outcome of the rest of my life. Today I have made the decision to do two things; First – I am applying to every Lymphoma and Cancer financial aid web site I can find Second – I am looking for Experimental Treatments for NHL (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) that pay for participants.

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I tried just as hard as I could to raise money… for my family… for the and I came up wanting… terribly. Yes, I do see a birthday without a single card… a single ‘Well Wisher’… or a single present as, well, a failure. What or Who was it that decided I simply MUST go through;

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  1. 1. Degenerative Disc Disease
  2. 2. Spinal Stenosis
  3. 3. Left Foot Drop
  4. 4. Ruptured Cervical Disc at C7-T1
  5. 5. Night seats
  6. 6. Focal Motor Weakness
  7. 7. Back and Cervical Back Pain
  8. 8. Muscle Weakness
  9. 9. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

10. Limited Mobility- Wheelchair/Power Chair Bound

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And who can forget, Chemotherapy! To go through all these… to suffer pain with each and every waking… and to fight against indomitable odds.. My Dear Readers and to do this ALL while living hand-to-mouth each and every day of every week or every month or every year. Poor. Who made this my fate? Why was I chosen to fight these battles…. Empty handed?

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Therefore, My Dear Readers, I am applying for any and all ‘Financial Aid’ that I can qualify. Then I am going to apply for research… opportunities. Somewhere there are experimental treatments for NHL taking place. They need people with NHL for them to run experimental treatments.

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My Dear Readers, I cannot (in good conscience) force my family to live teetering on the edge of poverty any longer. If giving my life to experimental treatments, and make some coin doing it, then that is what I am going to do. I cannot live this way any longer.

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I will make it my effort to keep writing… and I will try to publish, here, too. I hope to be able to publish twice to several times a week, when I it is possible. I have chemotherapy scheduled for next week. However, if I find a paying experimental treatment? I will STOP chemotherapy, and start the experimental treatment THAT PAYS!

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Seems my body is all I have to give. Then I will give it up for those I love. For those that I love to have a better life! So, that when a Christmas comes along… They can have a ‘Nice Christmas’. Yeah, and YES it is a ‘Nice Christmas’ to HAVE presents under the tree. It has always amazed me how ‘some people’ will prattle on about how ‘Christmas isn’t about presents under the tree… it is about _____” Yet, they say these words with a tree with LOTS of presents for their families and loved ones.

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It is SO easy to say “Christmas isn’t about presents” when you have presents under the tree, right? ROFLMFAO My deserves to have a ‘Nice Christmas’ and if I have to let people use my body… to get what I want? Well, it’s not like it is the first time, or anything. Right James?

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So, My Dear Readers, I have come to this decision and I wanted to tell everyone without having recriminations flying. Where else better than to blog it!

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OK, for Upcoming Stories here at The Other Shoe I hope to publish a little one about my most recent trip to L.A. to see my primary care doctor, Dr. Gorlick. I have the images. I have the videos. I have good deal of the story written. So, at some point, in the near to distant future, I will publish ‘Trip to L.A. –November 2014 Edition’ right here at The Other Shoe.

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Well, I have a lot of work ahead of me today… tomorrow.. and on until I find that one experimental Treatment that needs ‘Paid Participants’ then I am golden. As well, I am going to apply for financial assistance through the many foundations and funds that I can find. I seriously doubt that I will have any money in hand before Christmas. However, my success will assure that, at least for my family, this will be that LAST Christmas without cheer.

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Adieu!

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Thank you!

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Danny Does Chemo – Day One

 

Danny Does Chemo - Day One #1

Danny Does Chemo – Day One #1

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    Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Welcome to ‘Day One’ of the main part of this article series, and my current round of chemo. I am writing this article while I receive my chemotherapy treatment. I do so for two reasons; first because I am stuck here for seven to eight hours, and I kind of doubt I will feel up to writing once I get home… tonight about 7:30PM. Make the best use of this time while I can. 
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The image, at the top of the page, is of me prior to chemo treatment. I hope to have three to four videos and several stills for the release of this article. Along with the wonderful images and videos, I plan to give you a blow-by-blow of my ‘Day One’ chemotherapy. It is now 1:15PM on Wednesday November 5th, 2014. You will notice, in the videos, I keep saying it is “November 4th”… it is not, it IS November 5th. I just got up at 5AM so I am a little loopy. 
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So, yes, my day starts with a 5AM wake-up. Allen helps me out of the bed and I grab, a half-awake, Alexander from his cage. Allen is running my bath, while I set out the clothes I will wear for the day. My red ‘Tommy Hilfiger’ thermal-top and my ‘Red Mickey’ pajama bottoms. I may have to get chemotherapy, but nothing says I cannot be comfortable while it happens. Alexander is climbing on my shoulders, talking in my ear. 
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He tells me that these 5AM 2 wake-up calls best be rare and infrequent. He no more enjoys being awaken at 5AM than I. I assure Alex this will only happen once every three weeks… and on the 11th when I go see Dr. Gorlick. He is still upset, but satisfied with my answer. He licks my ear, says a few words in ‘rat’, and settles in for a ride on my shoulders. I finish setting out my clothes, and see that Allen is finished preparing my bath. 
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By 6AM I am bathed, shaved and dressed ready for a light breakfast then my ride to the infusion center. I am scheduled for pick-up at 7:30AM for arrival in time for my 9 AM check-in time slot. My pickup time, for my ride home, is 6:30PM to arrive home by 8PM. Oy it is going to be a very long day My Dear Readers. Finished with preparations, I sit in my power chair waiting for the transit bus to arrive. I pass the time reviewing the depressing, but not unexpected, results. 
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‘Off-year’ elections generally favor the party not in the White house, so this comes as no great shock. Democratic candidates have won a few heatedly contested seats, and a few governor’s races. Yet, Republicans take the (non-fillibuster proof) majority in the Senate. Senator Mitch McConnell will soon know the pain Sen. Harry Reid has endured these past six years. During the second commercial break, in the election news, I turn off the television. Now it is time to help Allen prepare our cooler of fluids and snack foods. (Little i did know that 5 hours into treatment everything would taste terrible)
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The transit bus arrives and Allen helps me get settled in. It is now 8:10AM and I will arrive shortly before 9AM. It is an uneventful ride. Several stops, along the way, people getting in and off at their destinations. Finally, about 8:55AM, we arrive at my stop. Allen assists me disembarking from the bus. 
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Danny Does Chemo - Porta-Cath Ready For Chemoterapy Drugs

Danny Does Chemo – Porta-Cath Ready For Chemoterapy Drugs

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First, I want to make mention and sing accolade of the staff and nurses here at the ‘Total Care Infusion Center’ of the Los Alamitos Medical Center. Ruby, Toncy (my incredible nurses and support staff) and Mary. These women showed me great kindness and wonderful support. My thanks and kudos to Dr. Curti and the entire staff at his office and here at the Total Care Infusion Center. If I must have chemotherapy, I cannot imagine a better place or a more wonderfully supportive staff. It is now 2:30PM. I am taking a short break from writing. 
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Shortly after I took the (indicated) break… well, things got a little sketchy for Dan. Yes, I am writing this Thursday morning while preparing to leave for my injection of Neulasta at my Oncologist’s office. The fun just never seems to stop, here in the land of Danny’s Chemo Adventure! So, what changed? I started having increasingly worse lower back pain, everything I drank or ate tasted like aluminum metal, and I had difficulty getting out of the recliner and up to go to the bathroom. Weakness, dizziness and headaches soon accompanied the cacophony of symptoms that now plagued yours truly.

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Danny Does Chemo - Day One – Blood Red Chemo Drug

Danny Does Chemo – Day One – Blood Red Chemo Drug

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I relayed the symptoms to the very supportive nursing staff, but did my best to marshal on without complaint, just like a good ‘Little Texas Boy’. In the last still images, and the last video, of this article you can see the Ariamycin/Doxrubacin medication going into my body. Yes, it is a blood red medication… and it is one of the most toxic chemicals in mankind’s modern day chemotherapy arsenal. My oncologist is bringing out the ‘Big Guns’ to fight this bodily invader. Kudos Dr. Curti!

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Much to my glee, the chemotherapy treatments end precisely as the OCTA transit bus arrives to take me home. I leave the Total Care Infusion Center @ 6PM, to arrive (finally) at home at 7:45PM. Ready to hurl chunks, head throbbing, back aching, and stomach churning I come home to great an anxiously awaiting Alexander R. Hanning Rat. He is quite happy to see Daddy Danny and Daddy Allen.

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He immediately pries open my mouth, to discern where Daddy has been and what have my fellow humans done to me over the past ten hours. I pull him away from my mouth, only allowing him to smell my breath. He immediately coughs and spits… yes, right into Daddy’s mouth. Well, it’s my son’s spit.. so I laugh and explain to him where I have been and what he smelled. He accompanies me to the bathroom where Allen is running my bath.

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Danny Does Chemo - Day One Another Blood Red Chemo Shot!

Danny Does Chemo – Day One Another Blood Red Chemo Shot!

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Allen helps me get ready to bathe and change out my Fentanyl pain patch. It is really late for the patch change, and I am feeling the waning of its effect. While I am soaking away, some, of my back pain and much of the smell of that day’s chemical infusions, Allen is preparing a frozen pizza in the kitchen. It is nearly 9PM when I, finally, sit down in my bed to eat and rest,

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I manage to eat one piece of pizza before falling asleep while having dinner and watching television. I awake at 1AM to extreme nausea, where, I deposit the recently eaten pizza into… well that is TMI. I return to bed, to discover that Alexander was sleeping with me all this time. I return my sleepy little rat buddy to his warm and comfy cage. Then I collapse into the waiting bed. I awake several more times, over the night and into the wee hours of the morning. Seems my stomach is competing with my headache to see just which one will/ can give me the most grief. When the wrenching of my neck, puking, adds to my headache with growing shooting pains in my neck and arm… well, the headache and neck pain beat out the nausea soundly.

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Thus, My Dear Readers, was the entirety of ‘Danny Does Chemo – Day One’. I hope that you have enjoyed reading nearly as much as I have enjoyed sharing and telling. I am not too sure just how much I am going to have written, over the weekend. I want to relax and recover. I know that all of you, My Dear Readers, will understand.

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Thank you for all your kindness and support during this difficult and trying time of my… newest battle with misfortune. I will write again, soon. Take care!

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.The single MO$T disturbing part or yesterday? Well, what I WASN’T told. One the paperwork, when I get admitted to Total Care  Los Alamitos I ALWAYS get a ‘Share of Costs’ page FILLED OUT! Yesterday, I was given a BLANK PAGE to sign, agreeing I would “Pay all “thereNon-Covered” charges. Meaning ANYTHING Medicare decides NOT to cover I MUST PAY to continue getting treatment. This has NEVER happened before… did ‘The Other Shoe’ just drop (again) in my life? I can barely pay rent, food and bills… THIS was the WHOLE reason behind the ‘Cancer Treatment Fund’ campaign. Not a great time for financial fears… on top of cancer concerns… and the holidays right around the corner… 

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Adieu!

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Thank YOU!

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Arival at the Oncologist's Office

Arival at the Oncologist’s Office

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