Friday, March 25, 2016


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!


vivian said...

OH Sandy.. Im glad that there is a light shining at the end of the tunnel. I can not imagine dealing with what your son is having to go through.. (and you and your family). I have a friend whose baby granddaughter, not even yet one was just diagnosed with brain cancer. just so heart breaking. I can barely stand to think about it.
anyways.. Tomorrow is Easter and I pray that your family gets to relax and enjoy the day together. much love to you girlfriend!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Hi Sandy, I am so glad to see you post, even though most of your news is so difficult. It is heartbreaking to read what your son has been dealing with, and you with him. I am glad to read that the end of his treatment is at least in sight.

Your rose bush is just beautiful, and I love that peeps photo. Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter. You are a strong and special family for sure!

Hugs, Pam

Diane Mars said...

Sandy, It was good to hear that your son at least as an end date...this "C" is just terrible what it does to even our young. My daughter is a cancer survivor it is one of the hardest things to watch our children suffer. Thanks for sharing with us know that Chris is in our prayers. Have a loving Easter with your Family Big Hug from California ox

20 North Ora said...

Sandy - Praying for you all. Cancer is such a terrible thing and you can seem so helpless when a loved one is going thru this. We lost a 4 year old great grandson to Neuroblastoma a few years back and when I think back to what that precious little boy went thru, it makes me so sad.

So glad you are near the end of treatments and here's wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter,


Tammy's in Love said...

Still praying for you and the Fam! My Peeps are currently in the "crucial drying stage". I like em chewy! Hugs to you!


Yes, you will need to have a huge party in June! Beautiful rose bush :) Very kind of Kris and cute PEEP photos.
I sent you a private message on facebook.
Thank you for my Easter package!
Easter blessing to you and your family.

Patti said...

I miss you and love hearing from you so much. I am continuing to pray for you and your family. Please hug your son and let him know that you have special friends out here who care about him and his Dear Mama a LOT.
Having not grown up with Peeps - I do not have the craving - but my sister says they are WONDERFUL toasted over the campfire!
I'm half finished with your potholder. I'll finish it this week!
Love you! Patti

craftyles said...

Sandy, It's so great to hear that the chemo is almost over. I hope you have that big party to celebrate. Thinking good thoughts for you and your son! Your rose bush is just beautiful. Happy Spring!

Jean Knee said...

now that pup loves peeps!

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