Treatment Stopped

The decision has been made….no more IL-2 or Interferon.  Greg’s BP continues to be low, so the doctor feels that it would just not be good for his body to continue with the treatment.  As much as we had hoped that he would be able to tolerate the complete cycle, it just wasn’t meant to be for some reason.  He was supposed to receive a total of four IV bags of IL-2 and five Interferon injections.  His body was only able to tolerate three of the IL-2’s and four injections.  Still, the doctor feels good about what was done.  He said that for Greg to be able to complete as much as he did was really good considering how sick he was when we first got here.

Greg’s hemoglobin has also dropped, so he is presently receiving a blood transfusion.  Blood and urine cultures have been done to rule out any infection and he is receiving IV antibiotics prophylactically.  He has felt a little better today than yesterday.  His appetite has been somewhat better and his swelling has gone down some.

Sounds like we will be here another 2-3 days depending on the results of the cultures.  If an infection shows, it will be an additional 2-3 days.  Please pray for NO infection….we are ready to go home, sleep in our own bed and see our kids!

Thanks again for all of your prayers and encouragement.

Trusting His Plan,

Greg, Sandra, Katie, Emilie and Jacob

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tracy
    May 26, 2013 @ 17:05:08

    We are continuing to pray for you guys. You must be so tired and ready to come home. We know how hard interferon is and cannot imagine that + IL2. Lifting up each and every prayer request and know God’s got you every step of the way.

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  2. Valerie Martin
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:05:02

    We are praying for you! God Bless!

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  3. Mary
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:15:00

    I know this is disappointing to you both – I was praying Greg would tolerate the full cycle, too –

    This morning in church our gospel reading was from Romans 8 – I love this chapter – specifically verses 26-27, ” In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

    I’m praying for you and relying heavily on the Holy Spirit as I do.

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  4. Karla Lail
    May 26, 2013 @ 19:44:28

    Praying too!

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  5. rhondaboyle
    May 26, 2013 @ 19:59:55

    Thanks for the update. Prayers for peace and comfort and a new plan. ❤

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  6. celeste
    May 26, 2013 @ 21:50:37

    Praying for peace for you all and a break for Greg. Praying for wisdom for the doctors and a new rx plan that Greg can tolerate. God’s peace to you all and a good night of rest. Praying for encouragement and strength. May Isaiah 41:10 be felt and experienced by you all.

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  7. Patty Wright
    May 26, 2013 @ 21:59:18

    We are keeping Greg in our prayers.

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  8. Cyndi
    May 26, 2013 @ 22:24:12

    Sandra I want you to know I’ve been praying for Greg. If you need anything please don’t hesitate to call. Love you cuz, and your family is always in our prayers!

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  9. Gina Ramsey
    May 26, 2013 @ 22:42:04

    Praying continuously. Tell Greg I love him.

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  10. Dana Rilling
    May 26, 2013 @ 23:33:00

    Greg and Sandra, you and your children are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. I cannot imagine how tired and homesick you both must be, I know you miss your kids! Sandra, please know how much we appreciate your updates, you do an amazing job. Greg, please know that our family loves you and we all are constantly praying for you! We love you too Sandra!

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  11. Carla Gates
    May 27, 2013 @ 00:35:32

    Hope you are home soon so y’all can enjoy your beautiful children. He was very close to completing the treatment. Praying this will wipe the cancer out. I know you have to be one tired lady. Hope y’all sleep well!

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