Friday, August 23, 2013

Sterlings Visit and Update

Thursday of last week was one of Dads worst days. A pretty violent vomiting spell left him feeling weaker than ever before.

Dads digestive system is finally working a little better, but we hesitate to really give any updates because things seem to change so quickly. He's able to eat more food and more of a variety of foods but it's by trial and error because some have an adverse effect, bread seems to be one. Unfortunately, he's still losing weight.

The shot Mom gave him Sunday worked because the Neutrophils ABS (white blood cell count) results went from 1.3 last week to 5.7 and he was able to have his chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday. Those shots pack a pretty powerful punch because Monday he was totally wiped out.

Thank you Sterling for coming from Utah to help out. Sterling asked Dad to make a list of chores which he has completed. What a strength he's been to our Dad!

Thank you little Charlie Quigley for the painted hands that have provided hugs to Dad. How cute are those little hands! What a warm and thoughtful gift.

Everyone has been so thoughtful, caring and respectful. Know that we are sending love and hugs back to all of you.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Treatment Update

Uncle Jim rode his motorcycle from California last weekend to visit. Doesn't he look so cool? My parents really enjoyed having him. Thanks for making the trip Uncle Jim!

Dad had his second chemotherapy treatment yesterday. Through the blood work we found out that his Neutrophils ABS (a type of white blood cell) went from 6.0 to 1.3 in a weeks time. If it falls below 1.0 he cannot continue with the chemo treatment. Mom will give him a shot of Neupogen (stimulates the bone marrow to help produce white blood cells) before his next treatment. 

With all of this going on Dad is extremely susceptible to germs and being exposed to illness could be detrimental. So please be aware when you're visiting and again, children unfortunately are discouraged.

The cards, children's drawings and pictures have all been kept and put on metal rings for Dad to look at and remember that he's loved. Thanks for continuing to send those.

We really appreciate the outpouring of love and concern that have come by way of prayers,cards, visits, goodies, phone calls and text messages. We love you and thank you.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"First Chemo Treatment, Check" - Mom

Dad completed his first chemo treatment today. He said he didn't feel any type of sensation. The only thing he felt was when the needle was inserted into the port.

^^^Val, his nurse that will be giving him treatment for the next six months. ^^^

We don't know what side effects he will have for another day or two. The side effects are across the board from some people feeling more energy and others none. Chemotherapy aside, we don't anticipate Dad feeling better for the next month or so, as recovery from his surgery typically takes 8 weeks.

Dad continues to lose weight because eating is still a struggle. He's fairly fatigued and has a hard time resting.

One upside is that Val suggested that he could eat ice cream with the highest fat content blended with ensure. He liked hearing that, but opted for ice cream without the ensure - for dinner. If you're curious, Haagen Dazs has one of the highest fat contents. Sorry if that ruins Haagen Dazs for anyone.

Unfortunately he was discouraged from being around children and crowds because his immune system will be weak for a while. Thank you for contacting my Mom to visit my Dad. Visits 45 minutes and under are a perfect pick-me-up for him!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Port Success!

Dad successfully had his port surgery. He was a little anxious going in but was pleasantly surprised with how quick and easy it seemed.

He just started eating semi-solid foods and is trying to get his weight up. 

He has had some great friends come over for visits and some going on walks, thanks George.

Also Jill Patterson brought by a poster of "get well" letters that her and her sunday school class made. My favorite was the blue box (can you spot it?). It said "I made you a box, enjoy".