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By the hair of my chinny chin chin…


Cat scratch this fever

Phew…fortunately you didn’t get the boilerplate “so long, farewell” blog update from me. But, to be brutally honest, it almost was. Just when you think you might have a beat on this ugly thing called cancer, it can decide to take control again and throw you into its abyss. To make a long story short, a couple of weeks ago, the night of 10/17 to be exact, I pulled the typical “Mike Dougherty dumb dumb move.”

Backing up a little, for the last 3 months, I have needed to sleep with oxygen at night, which has typically not been a problem. So the night of the 17th went normal, however when I woke up, I noticed that my oxygen cannulas were next to me in the bed (not in my nose), also, I slept in about 2 hours more than I normally do. I thought nothing of it, and proceeded with my morning routine, et al, etc. Later that day things started to get a little fuzzy and I started to do some bizarre things mentally, and started to lose my physical abilities, too. To this day, we still do not know how much or how long I was “oxygen depleted,” but when I put the pulse oximeter back in, it measured 67, not a good score, to say the least.  My normal is around 93.

So, I think I have nine lives, and you can call me Morris. But I’m back. Just love to scare the cat piss out of people, I guess. After meeting with the doctors, they feel that no matter how much I lost, I have to try and build it back again. The analogy they are drawing is akin to an endurance hiker who has lost his/her oxygen on a bad hike. Kind of like those guys (Jon Krakauer’s book, Into Thin Air) who tried to climb Mt. Everest and lost it. The build back will be like rehabilitating someone after being in a coma; you have to re-teach them the “basics” all over again. So that’s where I am, building my brain function back. Dr. Kaplan thinks I can do it, so that’s encouraging. And so do my girls – one look into their eyes, and that’s all it takes. I’m getting nine lives for a reason; someday soon I expect to do something great. Stay tuned.




Josie and my pussycats

13 Responses to “ “By the hair of my chinny chin chin…”

  1. Brenda MacLean says:

    If anyone can build it back up it’s you, Mike!
    Brenda and Don

  2. Erin Baebler says:

    Holy smokes, Mike, I mean Morris. I’m so glad it all turned out OK. I’m with Dr. Kaplan: you can do it!

  3. mike says:

    They say a 87 Beaulieu Georges de Latour does the trick? Don, got milk?

  4. Michelle Feldman says:

    Wow. So sorry you have this to deal with now…but I agree with the comment above, if anyone can build it back up, it’s you, Mike.

    p.s. LOVE Charlotte’s costume! ADORABLE.

    Praying, hoping, believing.


  5. Shannon says:

    Praying for a quick superball bounce back! XO

  6. Tracey says:

    On with the fight my friend! LIfting you up constantly and sending mad love.
    xo Tracey and family

    P.S. Way to rock it Charlotte!

  7. Sarah says:

    Does this mean you’re doing physical therapy?

  8. Jan Irons says:

    Strong Healing thoughts to you cuz!

    Jan Irons

  9. mike says:

    Thanks everyone for helping give me the support I need to keep going back in for more, I cherish it. I really do.

  10. Shelly Thompson says:

    So scary! Halloween is supposed to be make believe frights! I hope you put a monitor alarm on that pulse ox reader! I know that your book will be exciting with lots of stories of the hero overcoming all obstacles, including this one, but I say you have had quite enough with the piling on of the obstacles already!!! Let’s hope for some smooth sailing and keep focusing on the overcoming!!!!! Lots of healing light to you!!!!!

  11. Auntie Sheila says:


    As always, praying for you and your family.

    Auntie Sheila

  12. Sean Beaudoin says:

    Oh, man. That’s scary stuff. Glad you’re back on the horse. We need to hang out soon!

  13. Patrick Lewis says:

    You have 9 lives in you just like you have 1,000 jumpers in you Gunner. Everyday you’re in my prayers and I’m thankful to God he’s watching over you. Be well my friend and pay attn to what u doin mannnnnnnnnnn

    Much love from P.Lew

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