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Colon Cancer Walk

Jan. 5th, 2008 | 02:24 pm

Matt's sister Kate, her husband Ted, and I (Michaela) are doing a colon cancer walk in March. If you want to donate, please go to this site:


http://www.active.com/donate/scopeitout/katehowlett

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Memories of Matt

Dec. 22nd, 2007 | 08:32 am

Please post any memories of stories you have of Matt for everyone to read.

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Matt's obituary

Dec. 19th, 2007 | 10:11 am

Matthew Dennis Adams 27, Indianapolis, passed away at home on December 18, 2007. He was born July 25, 1980 in Southfield, Michigan to Dennis C. and Barbara J. Horn Adams. Matthew was a Project Inspection Coordinator for Signature Construction Company for two years. He graduated with a B.S. degree from Ball State University. He also received a M.S. degree from Purdue University. Matthew is survived by his loving wife, Michaela Ann Maitzen Adams; parents, Rev. Dennis C. and Barbara J. Adams; brother, Jacob D. Adams; sister, Katrina Howlett; brother-in-law, Ted Howlett; grandparents, Ralph and Mary Kay Horn; mother and father-in-law, Ann Marie and Michael Raymond Maitzen; brother-in-law, Zach Maitzen; dogs, Madeline and Tobey; cats, Willow and Lilly. A celebration of life service will be held at Horizons of Faith United Methodist Church, 3096 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN at 11 AM Saturday, December 22, 2007. Visitation will be held at Conkle Funeral Home, Speedway Chapel from 4-8 P.M. Friday, Dec. 21st and one hour prior to service Saturday at the church. Matt and his family request donations be made in lieu of flowers to The American Cancer Society, The Humane Society of Indianapolis or Heartland Hospice.

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Arrangements

Dec. 18th, 2007 | 03:38 pm

The viewing will be held on Friday, December 21st between 4:00-8:00 PM at Conkle Funeral Home in Speedway, IN [4925 West 16th Street, Speedway, IN].

There will be another viewing on Saturday, December 22nd between 10:00-11:00 AM at Horizon's of Faith United Methodist Church [3096 W 62nd St, Indianapolis, IN]. The funeral will be held at Horizon's of Faith beginning at 11:00 AM.

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Dec. 18th, 2007 | 08:30 am

Matt passed away at 6:30 this morning after a pretty peaceful night. We will let you know funeral and viewing times.

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Another Update

Dec. 17th, 2007 | 09:38 am

After being very agitated, confused, and restless all Saturday night, we were able to increase his medication enough that he is now sleeping all the time. After witnessing Matt's extreme agitation, his nurse diagnosed him with terminal restlessness which means he should have about 24-48 hours (but who knows, Matt is stubborn :) Right now he seems to be resting comfortably, and still recognized his family until he went to sleep.

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Update on Matt

Dec. 15th, 2007 | 09:11 pm

Matt has reached the point in his illness that he is no longer able to take phone calls, write emails, or post on his blog. At Matt's request, we (his family) are putting up this post to give an update. This week has been a huge decline for Matt. He has lost a great deal of physical and mental functioning, and has started to be very confused and agitated about things. Matt's goal was to make it to Christmas, so we moved Christmas up and celebrated today. Matt was able to be alert for parts of it. He "helped" with the traditional potato sausage, and was excited about many of the gifts he received. We are all glad that we were able to celebrate this last Christmas with Matt. From this point on, Matt will be increasingly sedated and asleep. His hospice nurse estimated that he may live up to a couple of weeks, as his young heart and lungs are still strong, but it could be sooner. Michaela will check the blog for those who wish to respond. We will post an update in the future.

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Coat Pocket Christmas!

Sep. 30th, 2007 | 12:10 pm
music: TV - Extreme 4x4

Mic and I have been clean some closets out this weekend, and I just found a vest in the front coat closet that I haven't worn in a long time. I pick the vest off the floor and felt a familiar shape of a warhammer blister pack in the pocket. Months and months ago (possible even a year ago) I bought a pack of black orcs that was on sale and then immediately proceeded to lose it. I looked for it for a while before giving up hope. Now that I found it, its just like christmas, even though I am pretty sure that I already paid full price for another pack to replace the one I thought I had lost.

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Pain pills? Yes, please! Ahhh!

Sep. 26th, 2007 | 03:05 pm
music: TV- Mythbuster

When I went to see the doctor 2 weeks ago, we talked about adjusting the dosing of my pain medication. I wasn't sure I need any more, so I decided to wait and watch my usage a little before making an adjustment. Big mistake! I don't know if I was having a good few days that week, or if something changed, but within a day or two it was pretty obvious that I needed more pain meds.

The last two weeks have been really rough, but I went to the doctor yesterday, we worked out a new set of doses, and today I am feeling great, especailly in compairison to how I have been feeling. Hopefully, I'll be able to keep this up, and stay on top of my needs a little better in the future, and maybe I have learned a lesson here - when it comes to pain meds, aim on the side of caution and take the meds even f you think you might be able to brave it out a bit longer.

While I was at the doctor I also got to look at the pictures from my last CT scan. It was really neat to see one of my scans for the first time. The technology is absolutely amazing. I am glad that I waited till now to look at the scans though. Back when my primary coping strategy was to ignore the fact that I had cancer, I think seeing the scans might have made the whole thing too real, too tangible. Now that I am dealing with my cancer more directly, it was time for me to see the scans. Now I have seen the big masses of scary stuff in there and can say, "Hey, there actually is something in there, and it's big, it's nasty, and it's growing. No wonder it makes me feel crap!"

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The last few weeks...

Sep. 23rd, 2007 | 02:38 pm
music: TV- Football

The last few weeks have been pretty much developed into a pattern. I work all week, I recover all weekend.

I have had a couple of things added to the load of things to do at work which are a littel more interesting that some of the stuff I had which is nice. I think that has contributed somewhat to me getting a little bit more done at work, which has made me feel a bit better about being there.

Over the weekends I lounge around all day, maybe getting out of the house once or twice. This week I took a break from my napping on Saturday to go to the comedy club with the free tickets Mic won. That was fun. Today I watched football and napped all day. Our friend came over to cook dinner (she likes to cook in other people's kitchens) and she made some soup which I had a small bowl of. It was pretty tasty, though it was a little fancier than most stuff I am eating these days.

I am eating a bit better these days, and the weight loss is seeming to slow down a bit, which is a good thing. My one major complaint right now is my pain medicine. The continuous medication is not lasting for a ful 12 hours, so there are times when I seem not to have any pain meds in my systems and that is a big problem. I woke up last friday and was in enough pain that I called in to work and told them I would be late. After waiting a little more than an hour, all the meds had set in and I was able to go in. I made an appointment to see the doctor this Tuesday so I can get my meds adjusted. Hopefully that will help.

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