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.
Yesterday we celebrated Daryl's birthday. Daryl kept saying all he wanted for his birthday was for Eric to come eat at the table with us. And Eric was planning on doing it, until it was time and so I told him that if he would eat a little (He requested twice baked potatoes) then I would bring one down to him. He did eat a little of it from the couch... which is better than nothing. Here are the pictures of us bringing the party to him... not that he was really into the party. I keep telling my self that we are "Crawling to surgery"!
The treatment they will start today is the Doxorubicin (red devil) that will drip for 48 hours along with Cisplatin that will drip along with doxorubicin, but it will run for 12 hours, he will have 12 hours off of cisplatin then they will start it again for another 12 hours. I will find out at 9:00 if his blood work up is good enough. They told us before we left on Friday they will be giving him another blood transfusion before they start the treatment. But regardless I am taking him today. He has weaken so much since the tube has come out. That he needs to get back to the hospital.