Biochemo Day 7

Yesterday ended up being a pretty good day.  Greg ate more than he has in about a week.  We walked around the unit a bit and our big outing for the day was going to wash a load of clothes!  Greg also received several pieces of mail yesterday and enjoyed reading all of the cards.  Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to send something!

Although the day was good, last night wasn’t so great.  Greg felt really bad most of the night and got very little sleep.  He had pretty bad chills once and got demerol which took care of it for a while.  He never got them really bad again, but said he felt “borderline” with them all night.  At one point during the night his temp spiked to 102.7.  The 5 am blood draw took longer than usual and he had to be stuck twice.  So, lots of interruptions and very little sleep.  When he first got up this morning, he was having some ringing in his ears, which can be a side effect of one of the drugs.  This lasted for a couple of hours, but now is gone.  He ate a little breakfast this morning, then we did a little walking around the unit.

The doctor came in this morning and is pleased with how well Greg seems to be doing.  Although to us, he seems pretty sick, the doctor says that compared to most that undergo this treatment, Greg is doing really well.  His appetite remains poor for the most part.  Despite this, he is gaining weight, but this is because of fluid retention.  His skin is also turning bright red, like a sunburn.  This, too is an expected side effect and he is keeping his skin moisturized with some lotion to help prevent the skin from sloughing off.  The doctor says that all of his labwork looks good, and the LDH continues to decrease!

For most of the morning, Greg has been feeling pretty good and has been trying to get some work done.  He will officially start day 3 of the interferon and interleukin-2 at about 4 pm today.  Tonight will be our 10th night in the hospital!  We are hoping to be discharged on Tuesday of next week, but everything depends on how the next few days of treatment go.  We are ready to be back home with our kids and in our own bed!!

Once home, Greg will have to have bloodwork done twice a week.  As of right now, we are scheduled to be back here on June 11 to do it all again!  We continue to pray that this is the treatment that the Lord will use to COMPLETELY heal Greg’s body of all cancer!

Thanks again for all of your prayers, messages, calls, emails, gifts, encouragement, etc!  We are so blessed to have you guys in our lives!

“Perhaps pain is good for the soul.  Without knowing what is painful, we may never know what is beautiful.”  ~from God Can’t Sleep

Trusting His Plan,

Greg, Sandra, Katie, Emilie and Jacob

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Diane
    May 24, 2013 @ 14:37:12

    Hanging and hoping on every word and praying HARD for some relief and comfort for both of you. Trusting that God will provide. Much love to you.

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  2. Gina Ramsey
    May 24, 2013 @ 16:21:35

    Always in my thoughts.

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  3. Karla Lail
    May 24, 2013 @ 16:31:55

    Still praying and will keep it up! Greg sounds like a real trooper! That’s so cool that you can stay with him in the room. What a blessing! I am heading to Houston on June 3rd but I will return before you go back there. Was thinking I could come visit at MD Anderson, but I would rather you be home in your own comfy house. All of my life, I have heard about what a fabulous place it is regarding the latest treatments. So glad it’s available to you! Prayers and hugs!

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  4. Ike Copper
    May 24, 2013 @ 22:36:27

    Diane’s comments echo mine totally. The first thing I do when I get on the computer is to look for your updates to see how Greg is doing. Praying daily for his complete recovery.

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  5. Lisa Masters
    May 25, 2013 @ 07:58:52

    So glad to hear the doctor is pleased with the results so far. I hope and pray this treatment, as dreadful as it is, will lead to Greg’s complete recovery. You are both in my prayers and in my heart.

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  6. Sonya Slaton
    May 25, 2013 @ 08:23:08

    Thank you for the update. Praying for you guys daily. Thank you for showing us all how to walk through the Valleys– trusting God through every step. Praying today will be a peaceful and restful day. Love you guys!

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