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, June 28, 2011

New step in the process

Eric had his blood drawn yesterday to see if he is safe to go into public and we learned that at this point his immune system is compromised where his body has a hard time fighting infections and his blood platelets are extremely low.  Last week we were so excited about being able to stay home this week and ended up having to run back to PMC today for a platelet transfusion.  The yellow bag is the platelets.  This process is only going to take a hour.  So it is not that big of deal.   I knew that his platelets were low because of the several bloody noses he had.  Dr Spraker gave Eric a A+ again because of how well he is doing.  We are excited to see that light at the end of the tunnel!

Eric went to the physical therapist yesterday.  His name  is Brett.  I have to say that I was very impressed and excited about the help he will be able to give Eric to help him prepare to play basketball again.  His leg is pretty sore and now his muscles are sore, which is a good sign that he was working those muscles again.   

He did go golfing with Jace last night and was excited that he actually did better then when he had his two legs. Which is pretty funny.  But by the time they were finishing their holes, Eric was getting pretty sore from walking on his leg without his crutches.  He is making amazing progress!

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