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.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Eric has completed his first treatment!

WoHoo he completed his first chemo treatment. He slept through most of it, but that is okay and a lot of teens prefer to do that.
They started to wean him off the morphine to prepare him to go home. The oral pills they are giving him are working pretty good at maintaining his pain at a low level. Dr Spraker congradulated him last night on making it through the worst part, as far as pain (the pain will start to ease up.) and the first chemo treatment is hard because they hit him hard and are trying all kinds of anti-nauesa medicine to see what works best for him.
His blood counts will continue to drop for a week, before it will bottom out, then hopefully his body will work hard at rebuilding. Now our biggest fear is a fever. This is why it is sooo sooo critical to keep germs away from him. Because if he gets a fever, we will be heading back to the hospital for a min stay of 2 days. A fever will delay his next treatment also. A bacterial caused fever can kill him. I don't mean to sound dramatic, but this as been stressed to me many times over. So if I seem like a germ freak when you come over this is why. :)
Last night he kept getting confused on the time. He would wake up and assume he slept through the night and wonder why I was up so early... 5:30. When I told him it was still Monday night, he was disappointed because he wanted it to be Tuesday so bad so he could go home. It is now TUESDAY, so keep your fingers crossed that all goes well with the pain medication, so we can go home. If we do make it home, it will probably be late tonight.
I can not thank you enough for the prayers and your support. It has been felt, ecspecially at those scary, emotional times. So thank you!

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