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Posted 2017-07-31T03:03:00Z

Day 342...

We've been hoping to get Luke and the fam to an ocean this summer, and I'm so happy to say that I'm writing this from Cape Cod!

Luke needed platelets on Monday, and based on how he did with these chemo drugs 3 weeks ago, we expected that he'd need blood and platelets by Thursday or Friday. We set an appointment for Friday and optimistically made plans to leave town on Saturday. He didn't end up needing any blood products, and as an extra bonus, his ANC was much higher than we expected. The doctor said we were good to go.[...]

Posted 2017-07-22T13:33:00Z

Day 334...

On Sunday, Luke said, "I'm not excited for chemo tomorrow but I know I'll do better than last time." I love his optimism, and it seems like he was right. Three weeks ago, he turned the corner and started eating again on Saturday night. This time, he seemed to turn the corner by Thursday morning. He has some big plans for cooking today -- minestrone soup, raisin bran muffins and some kind of flatbread. We need to get some high calorie foods onto his list too![...]

Posted 2017-07-15T04:47:00Z

Good days...

Luke has been feeling well and keeping busy. His counts were terrific on Tuesday, so it's been nice not to have to worry (as much) about his immune system. Here's just a short list of some of the things he's been up to: swimming, cooking, running, biking, walking Penny, doing yoga, eating in and out with friends... He's even motivated me to go running a couple of times.[...]

Posted 2017-07-07T02:52:00Z

Day 318...

I just looked back at my last post, and was surprised to see that it was 5 days ago! It feels like it's been longer.

Luke has been feeling much better since he turned the corner on Saturday evening. His appetite has been really good, and he’s put about 4 pounds back on. He's been keeping busy. He’s been to the beach (with Penny), the pool, the Northbrook farmers market, parties (the dog kind and people ones too) and more.[...]

Posted 2017-07-02T03:37:03Z

Day 313...

Luke has had a couple more not so great days since I last wrote, but he seemed to turn a corner in the pool late this afternoon. I guess the water and a little socializing with the hosts were just what he needed.[...]

Posted 2017-06-30T03:34:58Z

Day 311...

It's been a while since I put a day number on a post. Hard to believe we're past 300. 

Today's menu:
a protein drink, three poached eggs, two noodles, a piece of broccoli, a strawberry, some Cheerios and a little vanilla ice cream. I think that's a bit more than he had yesterday. He's looking skinnier to me already. He hasn't thrown up, but he feels really nauseous and nothing tastes good.[...]

Posted 2017-06-28T04:13:54Z

Back at it...

What a difference a day makes -- from beaches, pools, amusement parks and volleyball to nurses, doctors, IVs and chemo. I’m so thankful that Luke and I were able to have a fun getaway, but it was a little rough getting back to reality on Monday morning.[...]

Posted 2017-06-25T02:44:07Z

Still here...

We're still having a great time in Florida! Luke hasn't gotten around to writing another post, so I thought I'd check in.

His stamina and appetite have been really amazing, and he seems to be pretty good luck for Kate's volleyball team. They've been fun to watch![...]

Posted 2017-06-22T02:28:46Z

Florida (part 1)...

Hello there. It's Luke with an update from Florida.

When my mom woke up at 4:25 yesterday for our 6:30 flight, she had a notification that our flight was delayed until 9:30. The birds woke me up right around the same time, and when I went into her room, she told me I could go back to sleep because our flight was delayed 3 hours.[...]