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.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Turning point

Today has been a day of learning and turning point. Great day!
First off, the pain doc and Dr. Randal came to check up on Eric, and were both pleased that he is feeling so much better. Tomorrow they will start to back off his epidural meds and start him on oral pain meds. By Tuesday they are hoping to have the epidural taken out completely then it will be matter of controlling his pain through oral medication completely.
Dave, the guy who put his cast on his leg in the operating room, came to visit and starting talking to Eric about the process of getting him fitted for his new leg. It was fascinating and actually Eric taught him a few things, so Dave is going to look into this new information. He will be back tomorrow to do a few things with his cast. While Dave was here, the elders here at the hospital came and gave Eric the sacrament, which Dave partook with us. It was actually a cool experience. Then Dave told Eric how he is one courageous young man and he will have no limitations, unless Eric imposes them on himself. He gave a few examples, but it was just a special moment. Dave even said that in the operating room, he had this feeling that Eric was pretty special, he probably tells that to everyone. But still a proud moment :).

A very cool thing happened though, we got tired of waiting for physical therapy to show up and Eric said his bum was getting kinda sore, so I asked the nurse, Matt if we could move Eric up to the lazy boy and he said yes we can. So it was scary, because this is the first time his leg has been moved, but we did it. He is now in a chair. He did say that it felt so good to be out of the bed. That is when the picture was taken. It is literally a huge step for him, and his pain is still not bad!!!! So I bet he will be spending more time in the chair over the next couple of days. I expect that we should be home on Wednesday. Eric will probably be up to visitors tomorrow and Tuesday while here at the hospital. Please contact me or him before making the trek up to see if he is.

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