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 4, 2011

What a day

Today started out pretty great. Eric's methotrexate was at .07. We both were pretty excited. Eric mentioned that if he had to stay the weekend, he would go crazy. Well as I was running things out to the car, things changed for Eric. He started to feel really sick. The worse side effect with this chemical is that it makes sores not only in your mouth, but throat and stomach. Well we are thinking that the sores in his stomach caused him to get really sick to his stomach. When a 17 year old boy who as been stuck in the hospital all week says that he can't go home, because he is to sick, tells you that he is really really sick. As I spoke to the doctor, nurse practitioner and RN who have been doing this for a long time reassured me that it is a matter of finding how he is going to react and give him what he needs to get comfortable. So we have tried a few different things to get him more comfortable, to at least keep drinking fluids. He is feeling better tonight. He actually swallowed a few spoonfuls of a frosty. :) Hopefully he will feel up to going home tomorrow. The doctor told him that he made the right choice by staying at the hospital. This is such a hard, uncomfortable new world and it is not something you can take lightly.
Chemotherapy is such a common treatment, but it is a very devastating process to go through when it is you or your loved one. I have a greater admiration for those who have faced this very hard journey.

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