Sunday, February 28, 2010

Million-Dollar Man

Baby Steps.
I've got to take baby steps. My impatience with my progress is unwarranted yet I still have to force myself to slow down and take those baby steps. I want to be healthy NOW and have a hard time getting through the little things that will get me back into a reasonable body. Right now, I'm all skinny and bony and uncomfortable in almost any position. Too weak to run, too tired to workout very long and too impatient to wait.

This morning, I total all of my health claims and was shocked at how fast you can run up a million dollar claim. Apparently all this great treatment I've been receiving doesn't come cheap. The total as of this morning was $1,013,789. That's a lot of money to rack in just two months, considering I slept through three weeks of that. Good thing I've got a great insurance plan. Makes me feel seriously like Lee Majors because I've got two more months to go, a Stem-cell transfusion ahead of me and corresponding three-week hospital stay. Let's just hope it all goes smoothly so I don't end up in life-long debt.

I'm feeling good today, this Sunday morning, as the house is quiet, the animals are still sleepy, Leslie is sleeping in, Rob is sleeping in and I've got a breakfast in me and time to sort out my thoughts. Now I can work my legs a little bit, soak my feet and wait for the day to unfold. This is the life of a million-dollar man.


  1. DUDE! I've been watching from afar and can't express how happy I am that you're home and kicking ass. Enjoy your break before the last brawl and continue kicking ass, eh? See you in Sept for a Bears game.

    Pinch Christian's ass for me and much love and thanks to Leslie for keeping us all informed.

  2. Mark, if you weren't all impatient and stuff about feeling physically weak and frustrated about the current limits of your body, I'd be worried! You've been through a lot, but you weren't even aware of enough of it that your brain is probably still trying to catch up with all that's happened. It's going to be a journey back, and you're undoubtedly going to be pissed about a lot of it. Means you're a fighter, not a giver-upper. And all that money? It's so high (and will go up) that it's almost laughable. Seriously, if you never pay a dime of (whatever the insurance company doesn't), then whatever. If you still owe money when you die at age 95, then YOU WIN. Thinking of you often, Carmen.

  3. I saw things getting out of hand, I guess they always will.
    Now I don't know but I been told
    If the horse don't pull you got to carry the load.
    I don't know whose back's that strong, maybe find out before too long.

    One way or another, one way or another,
    One way or another, this darkness got to give.

    Keep on Keeping On Speedway-
    Love from the Eastside

  4. Hey Mark,
    Just checking in to say Hi! Glad you are adjusting to life at home, get stronger and stay healthy!! Too bad you didn't have fun spending the $$ million :(

    Love ya,
    ** P.S. Kenzie says "hi" :)

  5. Hey Mark,

    Good to see you posting again! You're right, it's totally frustrating, but that's OK. You're doing really well!

    And you're a million dollar man even w/out the bills!

  6. They can rebuild you. They have the technology.

  7. Barb &Pat KerriganMarch 3, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Mark, Yes thats right you got it Baby steps, I know from the bottom of my heart That you will do great, It is going to be slow and it will take some time, However, Mark you will get there ! You are a very good Man, I pray everyday for you to get better, and I know you will. Hugs and Kisses to my Wonderful Daughter ! Hope each and everyday will get better and better for you and Leslie. Let Pat and I know when you are up to a Visit from Pat and I .

  8. You are a miraculous person! I can't wait to drink PBR with you once again at the Spot. -Amanda