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.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Day

It is amazing what 1 day will do. Eric slept all day and was really dizzy when he sat up or tried to stand. His physical therapist that wants to take him to Italy came by to start with physical therapy, had to put it off another day. Because he got sick just sitting in a chair. But it was good to talk to her and hear more details of what to expect. She said that we will see a huge difference in his strength and mobility and over all well being once they remove the tumor. We are in week 5, and according to the "protocol" schedule he should be having the surgery in week 11 or 12. She told me about a young man who was a big soccer player who had the exact same thing in the same spot and he is back playing soccer. I needed to hear that. She is going to see if she can talk to him and have him spend some time with Eric.
Today Eric is alert and the nausea is not to bad. He is getting the sores in his mouth, throat and stomach, but so far it is not as bad to where he needs pain medication to manage it. Hopefully we are doing a few things different to side step the sores.
He has gained back 6 pounds of the 50 he lost. I know that it is mostly water weight, but I will take it. He was asking last night how long the tube had to be there and it will be there for a least 2 weeks, if not longer. It depends on his weight and his intake of food and fluids. I have to say that the tube has been the most comforting thing to me in a long time. Okay what can I say, I am a mom. I call it training to be a grandma. :)


  1. aren't you so funny...... :)

    eric is in no condition to be having children!

  2. Or to go to Italy with his PT....