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.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

We are done and well

Daryl took this picture yesterday, to show off his chicken legs one more time, but Todd as said that he has now been down graded to sparrow legs.

This is the third time I have tried to write this blog. Sorry, I know you are all waiting for news, so this is our day...

When they took him back they commented on how calm he was. The surgical team was enjoying visiting with him, before he went under.

When dr. Randals part was through he came and said how pleased he was with how thing went. That Eric made the right decision. One thing about taking the tumor this way, is that they did not invade the tumors space, where you take the chance of contaminating tissue around it. So the tumor is GONE!

It took a little longer to finish up the stitching, sounds like he may have some designer stitching going on there. But it is okay for them to take their time. The anesthesia doc said that his vitals stayed strong and consistent. Eric lost very little blood,  they did not need to give him any blood. All I can say is there were angels guiding the docs and protecting Eric.

I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive about seeing Eric for the first time without his leg, but as I walked into the room, my focus was on Eric and making sure he was okay, and as hard as it will be to get use to his leg not being there, I know that having the tumor gone and knowing that Eric has made huge progress in his regaining his health and strength and that is what is important.

When we got Eric up to the room, the family came up to see Eric and he did a magic trick where he made his leg disappear. :).

He woke up and asked for details today, where I tried to recount all that I could. Then he said he was hungry, so he is busy eating peaches and apple sauce and if he does okay with that, he can move up to more of the good stuff...I will to run and get it, but that is okay. Oh and he did gain four pounds in the last two days. I was saying how wonderful that was and he said, yeah but I am about to lose a bunch of weight in a hurry.... So as you can tell, his attitude is really good. Daryl and Mckell were on a quest to find an eye patch to put on Eric when he woke up...Daryl is determined to turn him into a pirate.

I know there is so much more to write, but my brain is not functioning very well. I just hope this made sense.

We send our love to all of you and a big thank you to Dennis Dunn for being such a great friend this morning. I will be forever grateful to all you for your prayers. Thank you again.

1 comment:

  1. Glad all went well. We are still praying for you! :)