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Monday, January 25, 2010

2nd Chemotherapy Round

Carl completed 4 nights and 5 days of inpatient chemotherapy, Monday, Jan 18th, 2010 to Friday, Jan 22, 2010. Prayers have helped. I hope chemotherapy goes this smoothly each time.

Froedtert Hospital Wisconsin Chemotherapy Room 4NT copyright 2010 Selep ImagingMonday Jan 18, 2010 : Carl and I left around 7:00 AM to go to the Medical Complex. The children were home from school and were supposed to be sleeping, so we left them at home. But three of the children woke up enough to say 'bye. A good friend came over at 8:00 AM to feed the children breakfast and hang with them, until enough of them were up and dressed and in condition for her to transport the kids to R's Fantasy House for Children.

Froedtert Hospital Wisconsin Chemotherapy Room 4NT copyright 2010 Selep ImagingAs for Carl and I, maybe someday I will outline this mostly boring day, but right now I don't want you to fall asleep. After appointments for blood work, X-rays, Doctor R, a dietitian, and Doctor C, Carl was admitted to the Froedtert hospital 4NT wing. (We privately refer to 4NT as "The Spa"). (Froedtert is pronounced like the two words 'fray dirt', which is no reflection on the hospital, which is clean and staffed with wonderful people. We saw nothing frayed during Carl's stay.)

The Chemotherapy drip was started on Monday at around 2:30 PM, and was then left going continuously until Friday, around 8:00 PM. I eventually left to go rescue Saint R from my children. [Oops, I mean pick up my children from Robin's House.]

Tuesday Jan 19, 2010 : Carl was doing great with his Chemo, and was making use of the recumbent exercise bike in the spa's family center, which had a nice view.
Froedtert Hospital Wisconsin Chemotherapy Family Waiting Room Exercise Bike
Wednesday Jan 20, 2010 : Carl was doing well with his Chemo, but was tired often. Then three of the four Grisa children came to visit him from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM on a school night...

Thursday Jan 21, 2010 : Carl pretty much slept for 20 hours. This may have been the result his children visiting, or his chemotherapy, we aren't actually sure.

Wisconsin Hospital Chemotherapy Precaution SignFriday Jan 22, 2010 : Carl was very tired, but determined to leave as scheduled. He declined an offer of staying an extra day at the spa, pretty much because he just felt like going home. At 8:00 PM we were leaving the hospital, and the very cool nursing staff behind.

Saturday Jan 23, 2010 : Carl had to return to the hospital for a scheduled shot of Neulasta (also know as Pegfilgrastim - see how close those words are?). Had he been dehydrated or had his heart been racing, etc., they would have given him IV fluids, but fortunately it was a relatively quick in - quick out visit to Cancer Center's Day Hospital. Carl pretty much rested for the rest of the day.

Sunday Jan 24, 2010 : Carl go to stay in his own house for 24 hours. Friends visited, and some of the church came to him since he didn't get to church. I thought Carl would be tired, but he was in good spirits and up and moving around from about 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Monday Jan 25, 2010 : Carl slept in, and was going stir crazy staying in the house by about 2:30 PM. I took him on a small field trip. We will see what the rest of the week brings...

He has no more Doctor appointments until February.
(OK, I know that is technically only days away, but I'm kind of glad the next appointment is in an entirely different month...)

Thank You so much to all who have said prayers, sent notes, called, visited, and helped us. We have had help with rides, hanging with our children, meals and more. Dawn Fuchs from our church has offered to help coordinate meals and rides, and has been a real blessing to our family.


Tammy said...

Thanks for the update Jeanne. Think about you guys often and continue to pray for Carl and your entire family.
Take Care

Lisa said...

Carl looks great! We are thinking of all of you and please let us know if there is anything we can do to help. "Fray-dirt" is a great hospital with wonderful doctors that will help Carl along this new journey he is on. We are praying for all of you!
Lee and Lisa

Bridget said...

Wow. Carl with short hair. I like it! Must be weird for you, though. The smile looks especially good. Glad to see you are keeping your sense of humor yet. It will take you all a long way!

suelmayer said...

Jeanne, I love how your humor shows through, hang on to that! We are praying!

marie norgal said...

thanks for the updates jeanne. carl looks great with his head shaved! i've always liked really short hair. kind of looks like andre agasi. hoping that you are finding time to get some sleep yourself. wanted to stop by and see all of you on friday if you are not too exhausted? will give you a call and see how you are doing as the week progresses. praying daily. call me if you need anything else.