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 12, 2011

So Close

We actually got our hopes up this morning thinking that we were going to have a bonus day and go home early.... but missed the clearance by .02. DANG IT!! Eric has been experiencing pretty bad headaches for the past couple of days. I asked Dr Spraker about it and she said she would look at his blood counts and see if we can give him ibuprofen. Well they approved it for a 24 hour period only. WOHOO..Well the pills never came, so Andi called down and asked where it was (While a chemo doc was in Eric's room, checking on him, and confirming that it was okay for Eric to have some ibuprofen...) The pharmacist said that he will NOT be sending some, because Eric can not have it while getting Methotrexate. I have to say that I have always thought that the pharmacist just count pills, but since this cancer crisis, I have learned that they are smart cookies and they know their chemicals. So Eric had to stay with drugs that really does not do much for headaches. His blood count was very low and was given a blood transfusion this afternoon, which has helped his headaches, who knew....

So we will plan on going home tomorrow morning. We are suppose to be back here Tuesday morning at 9:00am for an echo cardiogram then they will start the next round... if his blood is high enough. I will have to admit, I am still worried. I am more worried about the platelets being too low... so we will see.

Eric did hear the great news the other night. His friends put Eric on speaker phone while Tyler opened his mission call... to Washington DC. Congraduations Tyler. You will be a great missionary.

Jace's farewell is August 28 and he is going to Washington State, so it is sooo important to stay on schedule so we can be there to the farewell... If we are here at the hospital, I think we will have to break out, because we do not want to miss Jace's farewell!!

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