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3/10/17 - 5:00 pm - I heard from Michael's cousin Laura. She told me that Jessie was with him right now (Tuesday March 14th) Jessie had just gotten back to Niland and she had overheating on her car. She said I stayed there until he awoke. He mumbled a lot but he couldn't even open his eyes. After she was with him a while she left for "The Slabs" Jessie related to me it was one of those things where she felt that might be the last time she might ever see him. It was quite sad. If I hear anything about him I'll try to put it up immediately. That's all for now.

3/10/17 - 5:00 pm - I tried to call the hospital just now and his phone was full so I couldn't even leave a message. Jessie said she couldn't get a hold of him either. I felt in the gut a little scared. She texted me that she got a hold of him and he said "I'm to weak and I don't want to answer the phone". So we'll see what tomorrow brings.

3/9/17 - 5:00 pm - I'm not quite sure what I can write about any more. Michael seems to have given up completely. I had a great conversation about the meaning of the family and he ment all of his family. The Saline Family, his personal Family and all the others he new throughout his life. To michael they are all his family. He explained to me that he feels at peace with all because of his family and their love. As our conversation continued he said "I am just tried now. I would like to kiss and hug every on of my friends. But I'm just too tired."

So my friends, The ones I know and the ones I haven't met yet. I will try to continue with these notes. Just knowing that you all are out there helps me keep on truckin'

3/2/17 - 5:00 pm - I am truly sorry I haven't put anything up for eight days. I went out to palm Springs to see Michael so I could see how he is, I mean see for myself. I met Jessica Starshine there and we met up with Big Mike & Cathy. Jessie and I spent about two hours with Bus Mike. He said to me that he really doesn't feel trapped, he just takes one day at at time. My feeling is that he really doesn't like the situation he is in. I also get from our discussions that he would rather be nowhere than where he is now. but for today he will be happy. Michael told Jessica that she should get the bus ready to move on from the "Slabs" He said to me "I would be the happiest knowing that the bus was catching some dust from the road." Michael also related to me that he can invision a big grin on Jessica's face rollin' down the road toward Oregon. Jessie really does make him happy.

I think he is good to hear from anyone of you family folk on the phone. He sounds weak because he is weak but a call makes him happy. At least for now.

Big Mike and Cathy visited him later last weekend.

2/21/17 - 10:00 am - If you recall We had big time rain Friday and we didn't go to see Michael. So we pushed it to This coming Weekend. All the plans are the same so I'll get back with more info Monday.

2/16/17 - 8:00 am - Sorry It's been a week since the last post.Christine sent out an email asking everyone to think about the idea that Michael might be able to spend a bit of time at different places or peoples homes. He needs total care as I understand I think it might be a great Idea. The problem at hand is if he can even travel ? As it is now he can't sit up in his bed and his legs seem to have given out completely. I told Christine that I will go out and visit him to see for myself. I talked to Michael yesterday and he really didn't want me to visit. After talking for a while he said it's ok even though I'm taking advantage of him because he's a cripple. Since then I talked to Big Mike and he is going out there this weekend. So as it is now I'll see him (Bus Mike) Friday, Big Mike will see him Saturday and Jessie will be in there too. I'll post stuff after this all happens.

2/9/17 - 2:00 pm - Jessie and I talked. She is a little frustrated that Michael won't share with her what his plan is. He is out of isolation and it seems that his intestine infection has backed down but he still doesn't eat much.

I got an email from Christine (Pioneertown) She would like all of us to consider Mikie staying at many different peoples places. for short stays and maybe sone in home care would follow him around. Any Ideas out there would be appreciated. Send it to me Playbackmike Mail or Christine's email if you know her email. or email me and I give you her email. This week I'll put up his condition as I hear more.

2/9/17 - 2:00 pm - I haven't heard anything about Michael for a week. I emailed Jessica tonight. I'll talk to her tomorrow maybe.

2/2/17 - 2:00 pm - Jessie had a great visit with Mike today He ate bit of pizza today. His thinking is all there and he talks about past adventures on the road. He is in a rather interesting predicament where he has been on the road most of his life and he might be better with in home hospice but he doesn't actually have a home. He needs 24 hour care. It looks like unless he finds a home or gets a hospice care person to escape onto the road with him he's there to stay. He's been having some pain but he's not exactly that easy to read. Anyone out there have any ideas or suggestions send or just good wishes email

1/31/17 - 4:00 pm - Wow how great Michael called me back just now. He had enough energy to talk about a half hour. We talked about all kinds of stuff. I talked of a story of Jessica driving down the road Michael sitting shotgun and me adjusting the special chair giving him a great veiw of the road flying by. We were headin' tward the coast in Oregon just outside of Engene rollin' on the 126 toward Florence stopping in Mapleton to spend the night at my sisters house. Michael said I'd sure like to do that. We laughed a bunch more times and then he said he needed to go now. So we excahnged love ya's and the cellphone made that decellerating downward chime and he was gone. I sure miss hanging with that boy.

1/31/17 - 2:00 pm - I just tried to call Mikie just now but he didn't answer but I did talk to Jessie last night. She had just got off the phone talking with the ol' boy. She said that he was up in spirit and forever the director. He had assigned some things for her to do on the bus. I am hoping that in his mind he has thoughts of getting on the road again, even if it's just to have some kind of goal . I am sure that the place he is in right now is pretty much the last place he would like to be. I'm thinking that if he thought he could physically escape that joint he'd be rollin' before sunset. He's very skinny and weak and I'm sure he would like to have at least enough energy to be his grumpy old self, but he just doesn't. Is he going down? well, maybe but he sure isn't going to show it. He has spent most of his life showing us all that he can do it himself. Michael's mother (Munu) was my cubscout "Den Mother" as soon as I was 16 Mikey was buying me beer. I found out I had to give him one beer, he said it was to teach me business.

2/2/17 - 2:00 pm - Jessie had a great visit with Mike today He ate bit of pizza today. His thinking is all there and he talks about past adventures on the road. He is in a rather interesting predicament where he has been on the road most of his life and he might be better with in home hospice but he doesn't actually have a home. He needs 24 hour care. It looks like unless he finds a home or gets a hospice care person to escape onto the road with him he's there to stay. He's been having some pain but he's not exactly that easy to read. Anyone out there have any ideas or suggestions send or just good wishes email playbackmike@gmail.com

1/31/17 - 4:00 pm - Wow how great Michael called me back just now. He had enough energy to talk about a half hour. We talked about all kinds of stuff. I talked of a story of Jessica driving down the road Michael sitting shotgun and me adjusting the special chair giving him a great veiw of the road flying by. We were headin' tward the coast in Oregon just outside of Engene rollin' on the 126 toward Florence stopping in Mapleton to spend the night at my sisters house. Michael said I'd sure like to do that. We laughed a bunch more times and then he said he needed to go now. So we excahnged love ya's and the cellphone made that decellerating downward chime and he was gone. I sure miss hanging with that boy.

1/31/17 - 2:00 pm - I just tried to call Mikie just now but he didn't answer but I did talk to Jessie last night. She had just got off the phone talking with the ol' boy. She said that he was up in spirit and forever the director. He had assigned some things for her to do on the bus. I am hoping that in his mind he has thoughts of getting on the road again, even if it's just to have some kind of goal . I am sure that the place he is in right now is pretty much the last place he would like to be. I'm thinking that if he thought he could physically escape that joint he'd be rollin' before sunset. He's very skinny and weak and I'm sure he would like to have at least enough energy to be his grumpy old self, but he just doesn't. Is he going down? well, maybe but he sure isn't going to show it. He has spent most of his life showing us all that he can do it himself. Michael's mother (Munu) was my cubscout "Den Mother" as soon as I was 16 Mikey was buying me beer. I found out I had to give him one beer, he said it was to teach me business.

1/28/17 - 2:00 pm - Mikie is still hangin' in there. I'm waiting for Jessica to get back to me today. I'll have some more news today. Tune in later today.

1/25/17 - 10:00 pm - I just talked to Jessica. She is still sick with upper respatory problems. She is hoping it won't last long.

Michael is also sick with some kind of I feel like crap thing. He asked her to limit her visits because he doesn't have the energy for longer visits. His wanting to eat is down right now. So I guess we all need to put our energy together and see what happens.

1/23/17 - 2:00 pm - Wow, Just got a text from Jessie It seems things can get different quickly and we still don't know what it means. I think all the positive stuff was working and I think it still can. Jessie said: Talked to Mikey this morning, says he is feeling sick. Sadly, i do too. Got an upper respiratory deal i am now trying to fight off before it reaches infection. Ugh! I Was planning on driving bus up Tuesday as the rains are supposed to cease. However, i gotta get well first. Not gonna spread this stuff around the hospital. Hope everyone else is well! I'm Feeling concerned about Mikey. :/ Oh Mikey just called he said he was going to sleep.

1/22/17 - 7:00 pm - Sorry Just got back from Womans Mega March in S.F.: Jessica texted me: Hey y'all, Spoke to Mikey for about an hour this morning. He did most of the talking. Starting to sound like his usual self. Very encouraging to hear!! I am having lunch with his good friend Christopher today. Then getting propane and water fill up for the bus and hopefully refrigerator vent cover sometime today. Tomorrow we will replace the wiring for the starting battery so we (me and Bear dog) can roll the bus to palm springs safely. Will chat with Mikey again later today. Will keep you all updated as to our experience with him. Much love!! Jessica... Starshine

1/19/17 - 5:40pm - Wow, Mikie just called me he really loved the card I made for him (See it above.) He always said if I don't finish building my little Morris Woody he was going to hook it to the bus and head for the horizon. We talked for 30 minutes then his food came. He sounded weak but we did laugh many times. talkin' bout stuff. He said his gut pain is less but the all over pain comes and goes. I was happy to hear that when his food came he said goodby.

1/19/17 - 3:00pm - Today I got a message for Michael from Rosina in Baja : "Thanks, For the Memories", (of our trip with Bob y Gunell, to Mexico, back in '87. Mikie drove his bus, Bob y Gunell drove their bus, and I drove a '57, 3/4 ton pick up, with a shell on it. I had to turn around just south of Puerto Vallarta, but Mikie went on further south. Bob y Gunell also headed back for the States, but had bus troubles around Mazatlan... lots of memories! I drove back, "solo") - Love Rosina

1/19/17 - 12:00pm - Nothing news worthy happened yeaterday except that Jessie is ready to make the trek from the Slabs to the Hospital so she can tend to Mikie more comfortably. She is waiting for the rain to pass before she leaves. I'll see what comeup today.

Timmy, Maggie, Louise, Cathy & Marv, Carolyn, KennyB and Big Mike all sent some wonderfully loving emails.

Michaels birthday is tommorow so send dem cards ! !

1/17/17 - 6:00pm - Maggie text me and said that Michael called her today. They talked for a while (She said he sounded weak but was lucid.) they quit talking when his food came. More good news wanting to see what there was to eat. Don't know if he ate lunch. More tommorow.

1/16/17 - 7:00pm - Carolyn sent an email and said that Michael's birthday is January 20th. She alos sent his address see the <=Top column to the left . She suggested sending him cards. Good energy. Just what the doctor ordered. . .

Cinnamon Gregg says: Hey Bus Mike, Hello from Taiwan, and know you and your health are in my thoughts. Please know that I am not alone in wishing all good.

Your Buddy, Cinnamon

1/16/17 - 12:00pm - Hi everyone I think finally some good news. I really think this good energy makes a difference.I'll Let Jessica tell you.

Jessica Starshine says: Hey y'all, I Spoke to Mikey for about an hour this morning. He did most of the talking. Starting to sound like his usual self. Very encouraging to hear!! I am having lunch with his good friend Christopher today. Then getting propane and water fill up for the bus and hopefully refrigerator vent cover sometime today. Tomorrow we will replace the wiring for the starting battery so we (me and my dog "Bear") can roll the bus to palm springs safely. I will chat with Mikey again later today. I'll keep you all updated as to our experience with him. Much love!! Jessica... Starshine

1/15/17 - 12:00pm - I'm not sure where some information is coming from but I would like to tell you that Michael is of sound mind and does not have any tubes in him, not even an I.V..He asks that people don't visit because he's very weak and tired. He might be feeling that he is on the last roundup some days, but not every day. No one at the facility has said that he is dieing. If you feel you must visit then by all means do what your heart tells you. You may only get to visit a short time or not. The same thing with calls. Maybe he answers? It's all good Ju Ju.


When I talk to Jessie today I will post more information.


1/14/17 - 12:00pm - Kenny B asked:
You indicated that Bus Mike is not doing well, and is very ill. What's wrong besides his knees? I sure hope he hangs on a while longer with a decent quality of life.

While Michael was in his physical rehab hospital they think he came up with C.Diff a bacterial infection of his intestines. (Clostridium Difficile) which can cause Colitis. C.Diff is caused by a radical imbalance of bacteria in the intestines.

To give a positive note I read that it rarely is fatal. Of coarse we all know that this boy used to ride hard and had the stubbornness to show for it.

1/14/17 - 9:00am - Yesterday Jessica texted me that Michael ate more today. Shrimp, cheese and crackers and a few pieces of crappy pizza. She said that she will get a salad at the grocery salad bar for him to eat. She is back at the slabs getting the bus ready to take back to Palm Springs. And perhaps be able to stay in the parking lot of the hospital so she won't have to saty in the car.

1/12/17 - Late - No different news today. It seemed that the good energy of Jessica hanging with him was very good for Mikie. he really is weak but there are signs of rallying. He was angry that Jessie and his neice Laura showed up but then he gave in and seemed to enjoy them being there. Jessie spent the night in the parking lot and spent the whole next day there with him. She is back at the slabs for a quick rest and then back soon. Maggie called and he answered and talked to her. She said that some of his talking was hard to understand. Jessica said that if we all had a whole bunch of positive energy it might be a good thing for him.

1/11/17 - 4:00pm Well it looks like Mikie ate three fried shrimp this afternoon He also had Jessie around all day. Well our goal is to have him back bithcin' and moanin' at everyone real soon. No really this is good but we really don't know what tomorrow will bring.

Thanks again Jess

1/11/17 - 1:00pm

Our boy is in the Hospice section now and he is still very weak but not too weak to be stubborn. Michael is actually eating some food today and that's a good sign. Jessica Starshine is in the room with him and he seems to be quite comfortable. I'll talk to Jessie later today and find out more.

1/10/2017

To all Michael's huge family of friends in the Saline Valley and around the country you might have not heard but Michael is very ill in a Physical Rehab Hospital in Palm Springs.

I will try to keep you all updated with his progress. Last I talked to him he was very weak and seemed to be saying "Good Bye" to all around. I honestly don't know what the next move is but today the doctors are discussing moving him to the hospice area at the same facility. My next update will include some kind of contact information.

1/9/17 - 2:00 pm - This was the first message.

I will try to keep you all updated with his progress. Last I talked to him he was very weak and seemed to be saying "Good Bye" to all around. I honestly don't know what the next move is but today the doctors are discussing moving him to the hospice area at the same facility. My next update will include some kind of contact information.

 

Mike's email is busmikieroaddog@gmail.com Although he is not checking it now (Hey is too sick)