[stanford_status] Dec 30,
Sat - Difficult night - Transfusion went okay
John R Larsen
john at larsen-family.us
Sat Dec 30 14:11:16 EST 2006
Stanford spent another day in the hospital yesterday at Southern New
Hampshire Medical Center (SNHMC) receiving two units of blood. It
worked out that the only bed available in the pediatric ward was the
same room where Stanford recovered from abdominal surgery back in
June. Amy, one of the same nurses from June, was attending him
yesterday. It was a weird feeling being back in that same room
after so many months on this journey with cancer. The transfusion
went fine. I took a couple of pictures that are on the
Transfusions take a long time. As with all medical stuff it is
"hurry up and wait". We got there at 9:30 AM and the transfusion
didn't start until noon. It takes about two hours for each unit of
blood so we didn't leave the hospital until about 5:00 PM.
Stanford said he felt better than he had in a long time after the
transfusion was done, but it was still a rough night. Stanford was
up about every two hours all night long. He has needed a total of
six 2 ml doses of oxycodone for break through pain since the chemo
on Thursday. The oxy drugs and the gemcitabine both cause
constipation and this is an issue right now that we're trying to
resolve, not a comfortable time.
I forgot to mention that after the chemo was done on Thursday that
Stanford received an injection of a drug that boosts red blood cell
production. I forgot to write down the name of the drug, but he
will be receiving this after each gemcitabine treatment from now on.
This in addition to yesterday's transfusions should help his counts.
Hopefully Stanford will start to bounce back from the chemo now.
The last two times it took about two days. However, each new round
beats him down more. He was awake enough yesterday evening to watch
"Over the Hedge" with the family. We all go into his room and watch
there with him.
We continue to hope and pray and thank all of you who join with us.
Thanks for your encouragement and support.
John R Larsen <john at larsen-family.us>
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