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.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lesson for the Day, Patience!

Eric's blood results yesterday, showed that all was well, except his platelets.  They need to be 75 for Doxirubicen and his was 65.  Where this was his last doxi treatment, they were going to let us go ahead to get it... Well.... We got there and had his Echo Cardiogram and then proceeded up to get checked in... Let me back up a little...
As I have mentioned in previous posts, Eric usually comes home and is eating, drinking and hanging out with friends... last weekend he did not get out of bed, eat or drink anything.  He had a really bad sore throat and a few sores in his mouth.  When we learned that he was not going to be able to be admitted on Tuesday, I thought he would be upset for the delay, but actually was just as relieved as I was to have a few extra "bonus" days at home.  As time went by, he became more active, still not eating a whole lot, but feeling better.  He had to listen to me last night about how he needed to be more proactive by eating and drinking water to regain his strength...
After they accessed his port and got fluids going today, they received the results from the echo cardiogram.  One of the numbers they watch is a number that indicates how his heart is squeezing the blood out of his heart.  28 or below they become cautious and will not allow for doxi treatment....  Well Eric's number was 28!  So they sent us home.  Eric was very upset and wanted to get it over with, but Dr. Spraker, knowing he would be upset came and talked to us and explained that we can not tax his heart more than it already is and that if we just give his body one more week to recover and heal, then we can proceed with the final 3 treatments.  She said that sometimes dehydration can contribute to his hearts struggle... hum...  They were also concerned with his weight loss.  He lost 3 Kilos from last week which translate to 7 pounds.  I picked up a new appetite stimulant for him. 
I know that he was pretty upset, but I appreciate the fact that they watch many different numbers to keep his body from being overloaded more than it can handle.  I also appreciate that as much as I would love to have this over with, I feel SO much better, giving him a chance to get stronger, his platelets an opportunity to go up and gain some weight before they hit him again.
They wanted to admit Eric next Friday (after they do another echo cardiogram), but we have asked if they can wait until the 29th because Jace's Farewell is on the 28th of August.  They don't like to give his body too much time in between chemo treatments, but have agreed to give Eric a few more days.  Because he has not had any other delays, they think he will be okay. 
There you go, you now have the low down on our day.  We are looking forward to a week off from the hospital and we will need to find some fun things to do in the mean time... 

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear that you guys went home. Tim was looking forward to getting to know Eric and possibly hanging out with him. Tim was so interested in Eric's prosthetic! Hopefully we will meet up again. It was great to finally meet you!