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.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Change of Plans

Well as life would have it, plans change. Friday night at 6:00 instead of getting ready for the basketball game against Spanish Fork High, Eric was asking if we could go and start Chemo right now. I called Dr Spraker and we discussed some options to help maintain the pain, and she thought for sure that he would not choose to come into the hospital.

For Eric to give up supporting his team, the Jazz game and superbowl party, shows you how much pain he was in. So I threw some things into a basket and off we went to Primary Children's hospital. Now, Eric is a pretty easy going kid, but they could not get the morphine in him soon enough. He actually got more sleep last night, even with all the interruptions.

So we are hoping that his blood work up is good to start chemo, which means he will be home Monday night or Tuesday. The one thing that helped to keep his mind off the pain on the drive up to SLC was he stayed in contact with Jordan for a blow by blow updates on the game. What a great friend. :)

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