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.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Day/New Eric

Yesterday Eric was feeling better, but the feeding tube was rubbing up against his gag reflex.  I brought home his favorite pizza, pineapple along with cheese sticks, and one bite was all he could do, because of that tube, so I spoke with the doctor at PMC about some guidelines.  He has promised to consume 2,000 calories a day, where we will keep track of it on a paper, and if he can maintain that type of diet, then we will leave the tube out until he goes back in for the Methotrexate treatment on April 4th.
Two members of our Priest quorum, Jace Spencer and Cole Dayton just came and blessed the sacrament for Eric.  What a cool experience.  Of course Eric had to show off his accessed port to Jace and Cole.  Jace was saying that he was a little worried about Eric because of his new "piercing"  And asked if he was planning on "bedazzling" it.  Can you imagine Eric showing up to the hospital with a "bedazzled" port?  It made me laugh anyway.  (I think I have explained that the port is a unit under Eric's skin on his chest that has a line into his heart, where the IV fluids, chemo treatment, medicines go.  When it is "accessed" there is a needle into his port with tubing attached, so all the nurses need to do is hook into the external tubes, and they do not have to poke more needles into Eric)  It is pretty handy to have, but still freaks me out... okay a lot.

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