Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Day 1

It’s a new year. Let’s hope it’s a good one! After all those years of celebrating, complete with non stop cheer and recovery, I cannot imagine what could be more disenchanting than waking in the morning with a pumpkin sized hangover from holiday bliss making. Those are days gone by. It took a very long time to find my way out of that. So, for what it’s worth, I must thank my old Dr. Sethian for bringing me to the doorstep of self-realization and cure. Tomorrow, it will be one year that I removed alcohol from my life. I cannot express how glad I am to be done with it. It just causes so many problems. We had a great holiday, a very happy time.
I keep plodding along, giving myself injections. After missing a couple of weeks of blood enhancing goodies from snafus at the lab and running out of syringes, I’m back to a daily routine. Pain in the ass it is (not literally), forcing myself to do what I know I have to do. I’ll go for a lab analysis tomorrow, this time checking the viral load along with the usual items. Yesterday was lousy. The day after the interferon consistently is unforgiving. Every evening I’m cold. I cram myself under the blankets in fetal mode trying to get warm. Lately I use Lanocane to quell the itching. It had gotten so bad, that I scratched my legs to bleeding. Then the nerves would light up like someone was holding a red-hot iron on a few spots. It’s been going on like this for some time. Funny, how I’ve gotten used to it.
Angela has been great, what a partner. She’s got so much work every day, all day and into the evening. Yet, she manages to run the household and feed everyone, see to their complaints, and keep me in good spirits while we struggle with the longevity of the treatment. It’s alright for us though - we feel pretty good about doing it together. I imagine it could be really tough for someone to have to do it on their own.
I have great plans for this year. In the coming months I’ll have more to talk about with my creative projects. I’ll be in Scandinavia and Italy shortly, and will make a full report as those things develop. That’s it for now. Stay on top. Keep the faith. Sayonara. Happy New Year.


Ron Lowes said...

Hey Michael,

I truly believe that you beat this and come out the victor. Does DKT/MC5 plan to perform in San Francisco this year. I heard that you had played at "The Independent" in 2004. I did not hear about it until after you had left S.F. I still regret that I missed the MC5's first San Francisco debut in March of 1969 when you played The Straight Theatre on Haight Street and Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park Park. I am sure I would have been knocked out by your performance. I was a fan of the Detroit bands back in the 1960's and still am a fan. You guys are the best, still. I would like to meet all three of you guys. I have midwestern roots, as well and can completely relate. Your music has been a healer for me in so many ways. I would like to thank you for that.
I look forward to hearing from you Michael.

Take Care,

Ron Lowes

Dennis M. Allen said...

Hi Michael,
we have met before, in Ann Arbor circa. 69, 70s.
I also play bass and was room mates with a drummer, K.C. Black,
who did some gigs with the Five, can't remember why Dennis was not around, in Dakota on a reservation or something. Anyway, I just wanted to encourage you to hang in there and fight the good fight.
It's easy to be brave when things are going well, it's when things turn bad that real character and courage show, you have been showing both!
I know it must be hell what you're going through, but there are alot of muscians, and fans, back here in A2 and Detroit that are pulling for you and wish you the best, happy New Year to you and yours!
Best wishes, Dennis Allen

Svengirly said...

Hello to the previous 2 commenters, Ron & Dennis,
Thanks to both of you for your support and encouragement. It means a lot to know you guys are out there on my side. From entry to entry, I always hope somebody lets me know my words are worth something. Your support is invaluable!
Both of you guys have stories connecting us and "The Five" from many years ago. It is cool to hear about your various reminiscences. Takes me back, that's for sure.
I'm going to make it, you are right. I'm getting closer all the time.
You can email which will give me your email address so I can write back to you personally. Meanwhile, this is the only way I have to answer your comments. So, thanks for the encouragement and keep the faith. Michael

Claudio said...

Hi Micheal, I'm an Italian guy who talk with you in a DKT/MC5 unforgettable perfect show in Treviso (Italy). You was very kind and empatic and I appreciate your interest about the fact I work in a factory: you reply me that wasn't a place for you and we laugh. It's just a little personal recall, but it make me glad for days. Thank you from the heart.

Scusme for my bad english

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