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 26, 2011

The Surgery is Set

Dr Randal, Eric and Dr Price

Eric and Tonya at PMC

Eric and Dr Spraker  She is pretty short, so Eric has to crouch. :P

When we got home it was time to hook the TPN back up (Mountain Dew and Milk)

Here I am trying to be so professional, but getting lots of grief from Eric!

Well It was a good thing I took off as fast as I did last night, because Eric had Tonya pretty nervous when he told her she needed to rub this special ointment on the bad rash located on his tush!  Then he told her she had to check his IV pumps every 2 hours during the night.  When she didn't, he told her in the morning that because of her, his line clogged 3 times.  He also started to scare her when he told her that IF he gets a runny nose and a fever that she was going to have to run him to the hospital.  He told her this as he is wiping his runny nose....  Can I tell you how wonderful it was to run away with my sweetheart?  It was a great night!

Well Eric told Dr Randal that he wanted him to take his leg.  He said this with complete confidence and peace.  We then had the opportunity to ask questions about the surgery and recovery.  The surgery should last about 2 -3 hours.  He maybe coming home on Sunday or Monday.  Eric is not nervous, I know he wants that tumor out of his body as bad as I do.  They said that he could possibly have his prosthetic leg in about 6 weeks... So it will be quite the adventure. 
Eric has put on 10 pounds this week, he walked in the hospital and did not want a wheelchair.  He wanted to visit Irish (the RN that had his record broken because he could not put the feeding tube in Eric a couple of weeks ago).  Heather Abbott sent a link that I will include with the story of a young man, and there is a picture of Jerem in the hospital with the RN sitting on his bed... the RN was Irish.  So we had to go verify that was him.  But watch this clip.  It is amazing.

next time I will get a picture of Irish and Eric.

So all is well in our home.  Eric is happy and at peace with his decision.  I am so proud of him and know that he did make the right decision.  We are just looking forward to have the tumor gone.  Once he is healed, then we can concentrate on attacking the micro cancer cells still in his body!


  1. I'm noticing that it's all of us "fellow bloggers" that keep posting the comments. ha ha We continue to be amazed by Eric's strength and sense of humor. Isn't teasing sisters part of a brother's job? Glad to see your improving and your outlook is wonderful. Keep smiling. The Obray's

  2. Can't wait to see that boy DOMINATING with a cool fresh leg on the court!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe the integrity and strength your family has. You are amazing, all of you! We'll be continuing our prayers and thoughts for all of you!