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 12, 2011

We love the medical professional...but

Last night was interesting, because of the blood transfusion, they were not able to dump the fluids into Eric as they normally do. Eric has to flush so much water out of him that is also at a certain PH level before they can start the Methetrexate. Well the first two times we did Methetrexate, Eric had really bad sores in his mouth, throat and stomach. They claim that it actually goes through his intestines also. Well as I reported last week, we tried a method to help avoid the sores, by keeping something cold in his mouth, and it WORKED!! WHOHOO!!
Well at ten last night, Eric's body was not ready to start the methetrexate. The nurse mentioned that by midnight, hopefully we would be ready. The drip takes 4 hours, so Eric asked if we could just do the treatment tomorrow morning (this morning) so he could suck on a Popsicle or ice. The nurse said that he would have to ask the Nurse Practitioner on call. So after about a half an hour I went and asked what he found out and the NP was apparently very put out. I asked why and he said that she wanted to get the chemo started as soon as possible, well a few hours are not going to make a difference, but mostly she was put out because there are no "Scientific data" supporting the method of keeping something cold in your mouth during the drip! Well it worked last week and it is worth keeping the sores away! I wanted to tell her to just chill out!

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