Monday, October 5, 2009

One week down, four to go...

Nick survived last week's daily chemo (2 kinds) and daily radiation with flying colors. I complained much more than he did by far! We had to be at hospital outpatient infusion by 8:00 a.m. and finished up sometime around 3:00 p.m. every day. Nick got wise and as soon as he was hooked up, he'd cover his face with his camouflage blanket, became invisible and snoozed. His weight is stable at 146 and his counts are good, too. He admitted inpatient is easier but he really likes to come home at the end of the day. Me too.

Our visit with Dr. Randall (orthopedic surgeon) re: his hip went well. They think his hip deterioration (about the size of a dime) is from the massive doses of prednizone he received way back in April '07. The damage was probably done a long time ago but the tech just now picked it up. The ball of the femur isn't concave so there isn't any pain. They don't think it is cancer, nor do they think additional chemo or radiation will do any further damage. They'll just keep an eye on it with scans in 6 months.

We had a chance to visit with our new friend, Lisa Buechler - she had a tough time with her surgery but she is buzzing around in her wheelchair, recovering nicely now. Jennie & I finished up a couple of puzzles and Denise came over to catch up.

He's feeling a little under the weather now and Kelsey has the flu (quarantined to the basement, but at least she has the Disney & Nickelodeon channels). He is able to drive himself to radiation this week and I finally made a trip to the office. Penguins are off to a great start, thanks to nurse Terri, who gave Nick an official fan towel and photo of the Penguins she brought back from her visit to Pennsylvania last week.

Thanks, everyone!


1 comment:

Chris Ulvin said...

Hello Lori
It is joyful to read Nick's blog and have prayers of praise as opposed to prayers of petition flood my heart. We were at the LA Kings opening game last Saturday and I suspect there was a lot of Kings fans who left feeling their prayers of petition went unanswered. Tell Nick we have Penquin tickets with his name on them for November 5th - Staples Center - LA. Now my thoughts are back to prayers of petition because I want to enjoy Nick's earthly company for years to come. Love to all, aunt Chris