On January 27, 2011 Eric Merkley was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. An aggressive cancer that we hope and the doctors to this point seem confident that is contained to one spot on his leg. Prognosis is good. Treatments and recovery will be long and painful.

Monday, February 28, 2011

2nd treatment

Here we go... they are ready to start the 2nd chemo treatment. It is a different drug then the first treatment Eric had a couple of weeks ago. It sounds like it comes with a few different side effects, but Eric's blood is really strong right now. The drug will only take 4 to 5 hours to drip, but the time consuming problem with this drug, is he has to flush out the chemical before they will allow him to go home. Eric asked what the record was for the quickest flush and the nurse said that it was 72 hours.... Eric said that he will beat that time! So because we have a very competitive boy, it will be interesting to watch him. It means that he has to not only deal with the massive amount of IV fluids but he will also need to drink a lot of water.
Because this is the first time Eric is taking this particular drug, we are not sure how he will react to it. So it will be a learning experience.
Like clock work, Eric will spike a fever at 4 - 5:00 in the evening. We are thinking that it has more to do with the inflammation of the tumor, than a virus/infection.
Yesterday Eric had a great day with friends visiting him. He brought with him a new blanket that his friends gave him (he said it was better to look at then my boring green one.) One of the first thing the Charge Nurse asked me was how his attitude was and if he was having friends over to keep from being depressed. I told her that when I got home from work yesterday that I could tell that he had a great day visiting with his friends. We both know that he is going to make it through this tough time because of the love and support from the most amazing friends and family! So I can never thank you all enough! Stay tuned for more info coming to you from Primary Children's hospital.

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