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.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Positive note

Okay, since there is not a lot to report on Eric's condition right now, because he has slept non stop.. There are a few positive notes I need to bring out, so it doesn't appear to be all doom and gloom. Sorry about that, this has been a hard learning process, but I feel we are getting to a point where I am discussing with the doctors some proactive steps to not only keep him comfortable and heal through this process but also keep him on schedule.
So.. Here are a few highlights on a positive note.
1. His tumor is shrinking and his leg is not hurting that much.
2. He is now walking on his leg. At first when the tumor was growing really fast and out of control (my professional opinion), he was in so much pain he could not put weight on his leg, or have anything putting any kind of pressure on it. This weekend he has been walking..with a limp, but walking on his leg.
3. He has regained 8 of the 50 pounds he lost!
4. I now know how to hook up his feeding tube and by this weekend will know how to give IV fluids to his port. Scary, I know.
5. When Dr. Spraker was in this morning, she was saying how well he was doing. I looked at her like, "Are you kidding me?" She told me of a young man that is 2 years older than Eric, that came into her office the same day as Eric, with the same thing, only on his right leg. So they were starting the same treatment the same time. Well he is getting ready to start his 2nd treatment and Eric is finishing his 4th. Eric is staying on schedule, even though it is a harsh schedule, he is progressing.
6. We are going to be proactive to do more home care nursing at home, hopefully we can keep him from crashing every time he is at home.
7. We have amazing friends and family who are always doing such nice things for Eric and our Family and they also keep us in their prayers! Trust me we have felt your strength and faith!
And last but not least we only have 5 1/2 more weeks to surgery!!

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