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Pulmonary Emobolism

Monday, May 30, 2005 8:55 PM CDT

Please pray all.

Dave woke this morning with a sharp pain in his back and difficulty breathing. We took him to urgent care. Now, 10 hours later, after a huge ordeal, he's been diagnosed with pulmonary emboli....blood clots in his lungs. He's been admitted to the hospital and they are giving him a med (not heparin or coumadin...starts with an L...) to prevent more clots. They also gave him morphine for the pain.

It's very scary. Please pray. Thanks to Deb for feeding my kids, and thanks to my mom for coming out on a moment's notice to help out (she'll be here in a few hours). Thank goodness someone answered their phone today! Doesn't pay to fall ill on a holiday, I guess.

Standing on the promises, Shelley

Chemo WITH Port

Thursday, May 26, 2005 10:58 AM CDT

Life rolls along....Dave had chemo yesterday. You're right, Laurie, the port made life sooo much easier. Dave continues to handle the side effects of the chemo pretty well. He has some digestive upset, but not too much. He's pretty tired, but still going to work. We're grateful that he's feeling pretty good. His blood counts are low, though. Last week they gave him only 80f the CPT-11. This week was avastin, so he could have a full dose. (Avastin is a monoclonal antibody treatment, not a chemo.) Please pray that his blood counts will come up so he can have the full dose of CPT-11 next week. Both white and red cells are low. Platelets are okay.

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Surgery done

Friday, May 20, 2005 5:06 PM CDT

Well, the port is in. This should make life a little easier for Dave. He's resting now. He'll be pretty sore until the incision heals up, but after that, it should be smooth sailing.

I sure hate hospitals. Denise, it was really weird to be in a waiting room without you.

It'd gonna be a long baseball season, me thinks. Zach is playing really well, and his hitting slump is a thing of the past, he's been hitting the ball every at bat, so that's a good thing.

Kate's dance recital is coming up on June 4. Kenny has the state Special Olympics track meet that weekend, too. Life's gonna get real complicated here pretty quick.

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Port Surgery

Monday, May 16, 2005 2:13 PM CDT

We're meeting with the surgeon, Dr. Capel, today to talk about placing a port. Dave's white counts have been okay, but on the low side, so please pray that the surgery goes well, and that he gets no infection from the placement of the port.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, all is well. Dave is feeling okay for the most part. We went to the balloon stampede this weekend and had a great time. The night glow is really spectacular. We never did make it up early enough to see the balloons lift off, too tired.

Today, we celebrate BOB MEYER! It's his birthday. What a wonderful day! We're so grateful to have his support, love, witness and guidance in our lives. We're so thankful for his example.

"I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week." Mario Cuomo

"Children have more need of models than critics." Joseph Joubert

No news is good news

Thursday, May 12, 2005 5:50 PM CDT

Updates are sparse, I know. That's good news. Not too much happening. The pic above is Kenny at the regional Special Olympics track meet. He got 2 gold medals, a silver medal and a 5th place ribbon. He's now qualified to go to the state meet at Fort Lewis in June. WAY TO GO, KENNY!

Dave got his third infusion Wednesday. He is certainly holding his own. The double vision has cleared, his balance is pretty good and his energy is okay. No nausea or vomiting, and only one bout of intestinal upset.

He'll have an MRI in June to see if the tumor is finally shrinking.

Monday we see the surgeon about placing a port. The veins are getting very, very difficult to find, and this weekly infusion is taking a toll.

The kittens are growing like crazy and are all over the house. It's been a lot of fun. Well, mostly fun. I'm soooo glad they can use a litter box now!

Thanks to Alex for the brownies and the laughs. Thanks to Missy Peterson for the music an…

Track and Kittens and Chemo

Thursday, May 5, 2005 11:56 PM CDT

Please pray for little Caleb. He was dehydrated last night and needed an IV. We're hoping he's a lot better today.

We're going to Spokane tomorrow to watch Kenny in his regional track meet. Should be fun. Z is staying with the Wrights and Kate is staying with the Priors. So Dave and I will get some time alone! WOW!

We have been bottle-feeding a litter of orphaned kittens for the past week. What an adventure! They are adorable. And best of all, we have someone who will take them all if we can't find other homes for them. The kids are enjoying the kittens a lot. I took some pictures and will try to get them up for you to see soon.

Dave is feeling very tired and is having quite a bit of intestinal upset with the last round of chemo. No fun. Had to stay close to the restroom today, so didn't go to work.

Thanks again, Alex, for bringing a little fun into that dreary chemo room. Not to mention chocolate!