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.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Good to Go!

Yeah his body has cleared the Methotrexate. His level was .07. So now we are waiting for the doctors to come and give their final evaluation to finish clearing us to go home. He will have the feeding tube, but will only be hooked up at night. He looks so much better. His coloring is back and he doesn't have the sunken eye/face look. He was awake pretty much all day yesterday and the nurse let him sleep longer in between having him pee last night. So it was a great day. His sores in his throat and stomach are coming on strong right now, but we are working on keeping him comfortable through this cycle.
Dr Spraker came and talked to him about the feeding tube, where Eric is not crazy about keeping it in, she explained that most kids have a decline in weight and right before surgery they will put a feeding tube in to get some nutrients in their bodies so they can heal after surgery. In Eric's case, because he is a very active basketball player and because his weight just plummeted, he had to have it sooner than most. But because of that he is ahead of the game and will be ready for surgery in 6 weeks.
So once again, I get to play nurse mom at home and learn how to take care of the feeding tube. So if you come to visit and I have a cute little white dress on with a hat, you know I am playing the role. :) Okay I won't do that. But like any mom, I will do what ever it takes to get him better.
Eric's official "watchman" Daryl is celebrating his 25th birthday today! Not only am I having a hard time believing he is that old, but it makes me pretty dang old! Oh well I have been very blessed to have amazing kids and husband.

1 comment:

  1. He sounds so much better today. Funny how one good report can cheer us all up. I'll be bringing you dinner tomorrow. :o)