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, March 26, 2011

Hanging In There

It has been a quiet couple of days.  But Eric is hanging in there okay.  His blood dropped significantly on Thursday, which was to be expected.  I could tell by just looking at him that he was losing energy and strength.  The good news is that we have been able to keep the fevers away so far. (I am knocking on wood right now.)  I requested to have the nurse re access his port, so that we can give him a couple of nights of fluids to help to build him back up.  Judging from the past and what I have learned from others is that if we can make it through this weekend without any fevers, his chances of making it through to his next treatment at home have increased dramatically. 
He has had a few friends come over to play X box and to watch the BYU game, which he enjoyed and it is great to see Eric smiling and laughing with his friends.  He still has an amazing attitude, even though it is very trying to be sick all the time.  But we talk all the time about the big open house we will have for him when his treatments are done and other plans he wants to continue when possible.  I know he misses his freedom and independence the most, which I was not surprised to hear.  Before the treatments, he basically came and went as he wanted, knowing that I trusted him... to a point. :)  I am proud of him and his strength and will be cheering even louder when he regains his independence back, for his sake.
Thank you again to all the wonderful family, friends and people we have not met, that have kept Eric in their prayers and thoughts.  Your kind words have helped to give me the courage to stay strong.  It is very humbling to  know there are so many people who are willing to do what ever they can to help out.  From the bottom of my heart, Thank You!

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