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, April 6, 2011

New discoveries

Last time when Eric had the methetraxate, the nurses had said that there are a lot of patients that swear by keeping something cold in their mouth, like ice or popsicles, while getting the chemo treatment, will help with the mouth sores. Last 2 times we did not do this and Eric had bad sores in his throat and stomach. So as we were coming up, I talked to him about the different things we could try to help with the side effects. He was willing to try anything. So he sucked on popsicles, ice and drank frozen drinks for the 4 hours the chemo was dripping. He was really cold, but willing to try.
The doctor came and checked on him and I mentioned we tried that and she wanted to know who told me that. I instantly got protective of the nurses. She continued to tell me that there is no scientific data that supports that ice helps with the sores. As I was telling Todd about this he laughed and said that the nurses are witnesses of that "scientific data" on a daily basis. And guess what... he does not have sores as of right now. He has lost more weight and I was ready to start the tube feeding again, but he is willing to start to eat again and even try a appetite stimulant to encourage more eating. So we will see how we do with that plan before the tube feeding. His coloring is really good and seems to be feeling better... now if we could just get some weight on him.

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