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, March 8, 2011

3rd treatment complete

Eric was able to make it through his 3rd treatment. It finished around 1:30 am. Now the process of clearing out of his system is next. They will wait for 24 hours after the completion of the methotrexate before giving him vitamin B to counteract the drug. Eric did okay, they have him on a lot of anti nausea medication, because one thing we don't want to do is have him vomiting up the feeding tube. He seemed to handle the nutrients on his stomach pretty good. He actually ate a milk shake shortly after the liquid food hit his stomach.. then he ate some banana bread. I never thought I would be so excited for someone to want to have a milk shake. I think just getting something on his stomach did the trick for the most part. He was awake for several hours and watch Lord of the Rings 1 and almost made it through #2. I think he will probably sleep all day today, but that is okay.


  1. You stay strong Kris. It sounds like the hospital is doing all the right things to keep him on track. Thank you so much for the posts.

  2. We're so glad you keep us up-to-date. We keep you guys in our thoughts and prayers. Good luck with this week's "fun" Carlynn