Dad met with Dr. Seth this morning to have blood work checked. Everything looked good so he stayed at the office for Round Two of chemo. They adjusted the dosage to address the side effects and reactions he had after round one...this includes giving him a shot to help build his blood cell count. Hopefully he can avoid the hospital this time! He is home with a pump which administers the fifth chemotherapy drug until Wednesday.[...]
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Still waiting for discharge but he will be home today! Lab work looked good enough this morning. More updates to follow later tonight.
"All I really need is a song in my heart, food in my belly, and love in my family..." -Raffi (his song keeps coming back around in my head)[...]
Hello All -
I am taking the reigns from my mom tonight. We are very appreciative of all the love and support that we continue to receive. As you can imagine, we are overwhelmed with calls, emails, and texts that it is hard to keep up....which is a great problem to have. I will do my best to update the website frequently so that more questions can be answered and communication can be more effective.[...]
Took John to ER because of fever. (He has been pretty sick since he started chemo on Monday and in quite a bit of pain.) They admitted him because his white blood cell count was very low. He's on several antibiotics, pain medication and medicine to boost his white blood cell count. Those familiar with chemo know that this is not unusual. He should be there for 2 days, hopefully less. [...]
So, they gave us a LONG list of possible side effects of chemo but nobody told us about (very painful) HICCUPS! After trying all kinds of home remedies we finally called Dr. Seth's cell and got a prescription for an anti-spasmodic medication. Relief.[...]
So, the past few days were tough stuff! Went to hospital on Monday night because John's hemaglobin count was dropping. They gave him blood transfusions and many, many tests to try to locate the loss of blood. Short story: liver has a blood clot and the tumors in his liver and pancreas are causing the veins in the upper GI track to get squeezed. He has prescription to ease the pressures and therefore be a little less painful. Xarelto should take care of the clot and Chemo (starts Monday) will hopefully shrink the tumors. MORE PRAYERS!!!!
Thank you all so much for loving support and prayers. Means so much to all of us. [...]