Sunday, May 1, 2011

The sun finally came out!

Thursday and Friday were a bit difficult for Nick and he was in bed most of the time. He was not up to attending the pre-wedding dinner and dance Friday night, but he did manage to complete a dvd for Makelle & Austin, which played at the dinner. It was an adorable compilation of the two growing up through the years. I wasn't sure he was going to make it to the wedding on Saturday.

Kelsey was able to tape up her ankle to play again on Friday - a record setting day of miserable weather - a whopping high of 42 degrees. She was involved in a play, calling to catch a foul ball, colliding with the third baseman. Her metal cleat stuck soundly in the ground, while her knee continued to turn, hyper extending it. Good news is she caught the ball and got the out. Bad news is she really is not going to be playing ball for at least a week.

Saturday came and Nick called me in to help him get ready. By 1:45 p.m. we had him dressed in his tux, with his drain and iv antibiotic securely hidden within the suit. He took with him a vial of saline, antiseptic wipes, a new iv to replace at 3:00, bottled water and a Coke. He looked terrific!

The rest of us arrived at 7:00 p.m. for the reception and we stood in line waiting to congratulate the bride and groom. In front of us stood Makelle's grandma and she filled us in on the temple wedding. She said it was freezing outside but Nick was a trouper. Everyone's emotions remained in tact until the photographer took pictures of just Makelle and Nick. Both Makelle's mom and dad couldn't help but let the tears flow at such a tender moment. Her grandma teared up just recalling the memory to Lee and I, which made Lee and I tear up, leading Carly to say in exasperation, "Geez, can we not take you two anywhere?" Nick is very close to the Macrum family and they have been so good to him ever since our families have met. I am very, very grateful for our friendship. Makelle was an absolutely beautiful bride and her husband Austin is a gem, too. I hope to post some pictures soon. The sun finally broke through in the afternoon - it has been a long, cold spring so the sunshine was an extremely welcome sign!

I had thought Nick would be ready to go home as soon as we arrived, but he stayed for the entire reception, including having a dance with Makelle. He finally came home around 10:30, announcing he would be needing some help to get out of his clothes, asked for his pain pills, an Ambien and was headed for bed. We visited for about 15 minutes to fill me in on a few highlights of the night. Austin's mom had made Nick some cowboy pj bottoms for a groomsman's gift and he is still wearing them tonight. They are perfect.

We are to be at the hospital by 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. They will give Nick one dose of the new drug and monitor his heart and blood work throughout the day. We will be there for about 8 hours. On Tuesday & Wednesday, he will just be there for an hour or two for blood work and then Thursday will be the official Day 1 of Cycle 1 and will take the new drug (pill) twice a day for the next 21 days. He will need to go in once or twice a week for lab work and on the 21st day, he'll have another PET scan. If Nick's cancer seems to progress, there is still a possibility he will go back on chemo.

Nick seems to be feeling better tonight and we watched the first disk of "Modern Family" - there was a lot of laughter in our home. The sunshine worked.

As always, we are all very thankful for the support given to our family.

With love,



Chris Ulvin said...

Dear Nick,
You and all who love you are the "Sunshine". God bless this day. May the trial work. Amen.
Love, aunt Chris

Anonymous said...

You all look so terrific. So glad you mustered up the stamina Nick to be there..... And I knew it - handsome as can be in your suit. Copy of your photo please! Glad your first day is over on the trial. Now it's time to get the full dose and "screw up the cancer cells". Love you guys dearly. See you mid-week. GM Jennie xxx

Lorin Decker Buck said...

Nick, you are one amazing guy. I'm so glad you were able to go to your friend's wedding. You looked so handsome!

Waiting to hear good news about the new medications.