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.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

#5 complete

Eric completed treatment #5 last night around 9:00, which means he has 13 more treatments to go. (I say that as if he will be a "Good responder". I know he will otherwise he will have 11 additional weeks of treatments, so keep him in your prayers that he will be a good responder.)
Danee and her mom came and visited yesterday, she was getting some test done so she can start her radiation today. Bless her heart, she will have radiation everyday for one month. It was good to hear her stories and for Eric and Danee to rub their bald heads at the same time. She is beautiful with no hair. She had a really cute hat on, even though she doesn't need it.

Early this morning Eric's port (under his skin) clogged with a blood clot. So they had to give him an IV in his hand to keep the fluids going, it is important for his kidney's to clear out the Methatrexate. The had to inject a medicine into the port (as far as it would go) to start to dissolve the clot. It has been 3 hours and they are starting to get some movement, but we are not quite there yet. In the mean time Eric is just wanting them to leave him alone so he can sleep. They have been waking him up at least every 2 hours, but with the fluids they have going into him, it is more like every hour he has to get up and go to the bathroom, and then as soon as he is back in bed they are checking vitals, giving pills, etc etc etc. So when the doctor came in and asked how he was doing, he said "I just want to sleep!"

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