Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We are done with Chemo!


Can you tell he is happy here?????






It has been a grueling 9 months, from diagnosis to chemo to surgery to more chemo.  They had to stop the chemo at 4 more to go as his kidney's were not functioning right.  He was ecstatic to say the least, and a bit worried....his one doctor at Mayo told him that they have a specific protocol they follow as far as the number of treatments, but there are many who cannot finish it for a multitude of reasons. It made all of su feel a bit better hearing that.

He was told by his Ortho doc that he no longer needs the brace, and he can put 30 pounds of pressure on the entire foot now, not just walk on the ball of it.  He is building muscle and it hurts like hell!

Chris is a trooper....no if, ands or buts about it!
We are both exhausted and sleep a lot....making up for all of those lost hours along the way.
I cannot wait to see him with a full head of hair and eyebrows again...




....so glad that when he starts to feel better it will just continue to get better and better.  No more one week of feeling human and three weeks of the month feeling beyond horrible.




Hopefully in a month or so he will be back to work at least part time.  Oh, and he can drive now....not sure how I feel about that one!  lol

We are feeling extremely blessed to have all of the support in the form of prayers, well wishes and help from our families and friends. Couldn't have done this without you.

 THANK YOU ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, on to living life as we knew it....:)



           This is the family on Chris' 32nd birthday, he wanted to have it at Peter Piper Pizza!

Thanks for stopping by.....

Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter....already?

It seems like we are in a time warp...our weeks consist of appointments for chemo, doctors and bloodwork. We are both growing weary, but hanging in there.

The really GOOD news is he has had the last of the real nasty chemo combo treatment this week.

It is a combo of first Cisplatin and then Doxorubicin.  It takes three days inpatient.
The Cisplatin is a horrible drug that causes nausea, vomiting, hair loss, loss in ability to taste food, hiccups, dry mouth, dark urine, decreased sweating, dry skin and other signs of dehydration. 10 days after he has it his body goes into a state called Nadir where he has no white blood cell count at all...he gets so weak he cannot even talk.  It scares me every single time!  The other drug is Doxorubicin which is no picnic either but near as nasty as the Cisplatin. In between this combo after a two week rest he gets Methotrexate back to back for two weeks.  He is in for 5-6 days each.  The Methotrexate only takes 4 hours to drip in, but then the remained of the time he is given a drug called Leucovorin every 4 hours to get his kidney function back to normal.  We should be done with the chemo the last week of June.  We are throwing a BIG party!

His leg is healing nicely and hopefully in a month or two he will be able to put full weight on that foot.  The new bone growth has to be substantial before he can do that....

Spring has come to Arizona in a BIG way, everything is blooming.  This is my one and only rose bush and I do nothing to it but cut it back once a year...






I just love this time of year!

 And guess who sent me a goody box???  Yup...Kris from Blissful Elements.  I had purchased the vintage Easter candy boxes, but look what else was in the box!


Kris, you have no idea how you lift my spirits with your generosity and kindness!  Thank you my friend!

I am wishing all of my family and friends a Joyous Easter!  Have a wonderful weekend, we are crossing our finger that we can have a BBQ on Sunday...


And what would this time of year be without at least one picture of my beloved Peeps!




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