Saturday, December 15, 2007

Good news and not so good news...

I took Cody in this morning to get one of his lines cleared. It wasn't flushed properly and the blood began to clot. This could be a major problem because there are times when they need to administer more than one drug at a time. We got in to Georgetown this morning and they took his blood from the open side and then injected a drug in the clogged side that dissolves the clot. While waiting for the drug to do it's job the doctor came in and gave me his ANC numbers. His white blood numbers are way up there and his ANC number is over 3000. This is really great. Tonight we are giving him his last GCSF treatment.

Now the not so good news. We were hoping that he would have a break until after Christmas before starting his next round of chemo. The doctor told us that if his numbers are still getting better Monday they will admit him and get ready to start the next round. Not what we wanted to hear. The doctor also said that she would work with us. Meaning, his chemo is finished before Christmas we can take him home. Unfortunately we know all too well how this works. He will not be in any kind of shape to enjoy Christmas for weeks after his treatment. And when the first fever hits he will be back in the hospital. This is the train of thought that is being used. If his body is feeling better and recovered from the chemo so is the cancer. So, they want to jump on it while it's down. This is going to be a very stressful Christmas. There are times when I wonder if I can keep it all together through this...

9 comments:

pwoodyj said...

Hey Bro,
I know it's easy for me to say but X-Mas can wait, the cancer CAN'T! We can only imagine what you and the family are going through but you can make it! Cody is going to beat this thing and so are you and Diane!! Hugs and kisses and many, many prayers! Love Ya, Shawn

Anonymous said...

Mickey,

You are a powerful man. That very strength will see you, Cody and the family through this. Face each day head-on and keep celebrating those victories!

Eric W.

gettin older said...

I'll say it again, you two are some of the strongest guys I've never met. You will both get through this together. You and he can make it...

Kirk

Raymond said...

I agree with Kirk & Eric. Having lived through a stressful few years with my late wife and her illness, we do what we gotta do. Afterwards, we often wonder how we kept things together but we did.

Stay strong big buddy. Better days lie ahead.

Monica Cassier said...

You will keep it together, because you know Cody needs you too. You can get through this, Ape. Hang in there... I think of your family and little cody all the time - on my runs a lot. When it gets hard, I think of what Cody must be feeling... Prayers and good thoughts.
monica

GB said...

Hey Mickey, you'll hold it together. Sometimes you need to take a few moments and cry, and that's okay. Those few moments will help you hold everything together when you need to most. I call those 'stress reliever tears.' And pray. Pray for courage and strength. You can pass the courage and strength on to Cody. :)

Gregory said...

Hang in there Deck! Although I haven't got the faintest idea what you are going through, you do and because of that...you'll do what you have to!

Gregory (Pudov)

Anonymous said...

Mick, I know you are all tired & disappointed, but you do what you gotta do. Remember, Christmas is only about celebrating a miracle. A miracle that came to save our lives. Hopefully, that is what you are seeing w/ Cody's improved condition. The miracle is within all of us it's not just a day of the year!! Still praying for you all!!!

Anonymous said...

Mick, I know you are all tired & disappointed, but you do what you gotta do. Remember, Christmas is only about celebrating a miracle. A miracle that came to save our lives. Hopefully, that is what you are seeing w/ Cody's improved condition. The miracle is within all of us it's not just a day of the year!! Still praying for you all!!!

teresa (tcoplen)