Thursday, January 28, 2010

4th Round is Complete

Mom completed her 3rd day of her 4th round of Chemo today. She got home around 11:30 and was tired, I had lunch with her at 1:00 and when I left at 2:00 she went and laid down and stayed in bed until after 5:00. Boy was she tired. She is feeling pretty good and ready for tomorrow her last day of radiation and her shot to help keep her white blood count up.

This now makes only 2 more rounds of Chemo left. One in February and One in March.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A BIG Thank you!

We want to extend a BIG Thank you to all of our Friends and Family that have been thinking & Praying for Mom; for everyone that has sent Mom a card and for all the phone calls or text message. It means so much to all of us to know that each of you are there for us during this battle and battle that we have every intention in the world of beating because our God is GOOD.

I also want to thank all the Home Daycare providers and Childcare Associates that have provided dinners for us again last week and this week. It has been very much appreciated and delicious. It's a relief for Mom to come home from either Radiation and/or Chemo & for Dad to come home from a long day at work and not have to worry about cooking dinner. It's also a relief on me as well.

Thank you all again for everything. Please keep the thoughts, prayers, cards and call a coming. We love you all!

Radiation Treatment

Mom's radiation treatment was scheduled to end tomorrow January 27 however due to Mom's blood work last week and her low platelet levels they suspended her radiation last Thursday and Friday. This means that the radiation will not end tomorrow but will end on Friday. This Friday marks 6 weeks or 30 treatments of radiation. This is a major milestone for Mom and completes one set of the two types of treatment she is getting. Friday also will make the 4th round of chemo complete and will leave her with only 2 rounds of Chemo left.

Dr. Patel Mom's oncologist said we would schedule Mom's PET Scan 3 or so weeks after she finishes radiation. So in February we will know two things. (1) How well the tumor shrunk due to the radiation and (2) How much cancer (If any) is left in Mom's body. I know Dr. Patel said the main goal is to be cancer free before the 6th round is given. I Pray everyday that the next PET scan will show AWESOME news. I'm sure it will as GOD IS AWESOME and GOD is in control over this situation.

4th Round

Mom's 4th round of Chemo has officially started and has already completed day 1 of the 3 day round. She went in today and did her radiation at 8:30. Then at first she didn't have to do blood work so we just waited to see the Doctor. We saw another doctor today not Dr. Patel she wanted to go ahead and do additional blood work to check on Mom's Iron Level and Hemoglobin level. So then it was off to the Chemo lab where they didn't start until 10:15 so technically Mom shouldn't have finished her Chemo today until 6:30 or later and since a Doctor has to be the premises while Chemo is dripping they decided to run the meds in a different manner today. It worked out to Mom's advantage and she was out of there by 4:30. She asked the nurse if they could do the same thing tomorrow and Ann said she didn't see why they couldn't so she might be home before 5 tomorrow.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Half Way there

Mom is officially half way done with Chemo and Radiation.

She has completed 15 days of radiation (really 16) and has 14 more days to go until radiation is completely different.

Mom has now completed her 3rd round of Chemo and there are 3 more rounds to go. She will have her 4th round at the end of January. The 5th round is scheduled to start in February and her 6th round will start in March.

Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, calls, cards and everything else you have done for our family. We appreciate all of it. We know that God is in control. Thank you again and Love ya!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

We are taking votes....

So which wig looks best on Mom?

Addie found these in the rest room at the Chemo lab, they have them available to their patients if they want they can try them on and take one.

Wednesdays Lunch Hour

Mom wanted Mexican today so that's what we got. This table we are eating off is the table they keep the gloves and medical stuff on. We moved everything to the bottom and rolled it over so we had something to set our food on since it was to COLD to eat outside. Mom's nurse Kathy laughed and said she has never seen anyone do that before and she had to take a picture of us.

Here's what goes on during Chemo Treatments

Addie's getting hooked on Days of Our Lives. This is Mom and Addie on Tuesday watching the soap. I tell ya I'm going to start taking my lunch hour at 1:00 since I get to miss all the fun, but at least they both keep me posted on whats going on Days.

3rd Round of Chemo

Here is the picture of Mom starting her 1st day of her 3rd round of Chemo. Since I'm a day late in putting these up she only has one more day of Chemo left this round. So far so good on these 2 days.

Mom and Dad

Here's the picture of Mom and Dad together. Dad's hair has grown a little since it's been 3 weeks since he took off both of their hair.

Benjamin took this picture of his Mimi & Pop yesterday. This was the first day of round 3 of her Chemo treatment.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

3rd Round of Chemo

Will officially start in about 2 hours. Mom will have blood work done at 8:45 this morning and we will meet with Dr. Patel at 9:00 they will start the Chemo, well the fluids and all the other meds around 9:15 - 9:30 this morning. It's hard to believe that it's already time for the 3rd round of Chemo I guess the Holidays made the time go by fast.

Off to finish getting things ready this morning so I can meet Mom at the office. Come back tonight for an update and pictures of the 3rd round.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Next Week is a Busy One for us

Lots of Appointments and Treatments are scheduled for January 4 - 8, 2010!

1. Appointment with the Lung Doctor
2. Radiation

1. Blood Work
2. X-Rays for Radiation
3. Dr. Patel Appointment
4. Start 3rd Round of Chemo (Long Day 8 hours)
5. Radiation

1. 2nd Day of Chemo - another long day 8 hours
2. X-Rays for Radiation
3. Radiation

1. 3rd and final day of the 3rd round of Chemo - short day 4 hours
2. X-Rays for Radiation (maybe)
3. Radiation

1. Radiation
2. Shot to help keep White Blood Cell numbers up

Friday afternoon will mark the half point of the Chemo Treatments. Mom will have had 3 treatments in the history books and will be on the down hill slope to the final 3 treatments. There will also only be 8 radiation treatments left.

Happy New Year!

We had a quiet night last night. Joey, Benjamin and I went to Mom and Dad's to have Chicken Wings for dinner. We stayed until around 9:45 and then headed home so Mom could get some rest. Mom had radiation today at 10:00 - Yes they were open for New Years Day. Not many patients but some were there. She had her 12th treatment today on 13 more to go.

Hope everyone had a Happy & Safe New Years Eve and we wish everyone a Happy & Prosperous 2010