Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Longer stay at the hospital

John should have been able to come home today but he now has to have another procedure. They are putting a small catheter in his arm so that we can give him daily injections of HGH (human growth hormone). The chemo that he is receiving now is a different set than he has gotten before and it is much more aggressive.  It will cause him to stop producing the HGH naturally and also take away his immune system and hair. It started on Monday night at 9:30 and just stopped at 9:30 tonight. It was a full 48 hours. He has to be off chemo for 24 hours before that can put in the catheter. It also has to be changed once a week. He hates needles so this should be interesting!He has handled it well so far. They have been doing a good job keeping up on anti- nausea medicine and so far no vomiting!!

A funny thing happened today. This was the first day that I was able to go to the hospital because of my strep throat. He told me when I walked in that his pee was orange. I thought "that can't be good you must be dehydrated." Then when he peed it was ORANGE! It took me a while to figure out why it was that color until I looked at his chemo meds. The meds are red! Red and yellow make orange! DUH! I don't know why I didn't realize that sooner! Just had to share my story. I thought it was funny.

Now for the most important part, for those not on facebook or twitter, we got the results from the MRI and it shows that his tumor has shrunk approximately 40%. AMAZING!!!! His eye is slowly getting better but will just take time for his nerve to heal.

Thank you to all the wonderful ladies that have sent beautiful cards ! He is enjoying them all.

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