[stanford_status] Jan 4, Thu - Chemo done - Very tired
John R Larsen
john at larsen-family.us
Thu Jan 4 22:21:30 EST 2007
Stanford was able to have round 4 of gemcitabine today. His blood
work showed all his counts were good enough. His hematocrit and
hemoglobin numbers are both a lot higher compared to last week.
This is evidence that the transfusions were beneficial. Other
numbers are about the same or improved except his ammonia, which has
risen to 69 compared to last week at 51 and a normal high of 32.
This is making him very very sleepy. He says it feels like someone
has stolen all his energy. We're trying to get him to drink more so
that he won't be dehydrated. He hasn't been drinking enough the
last couple of days. This should help lower the ammonia number
His appetite has been okay and lots of things still sound good to
him to eat, but he has to eat lots of small meals. He weighed in at
160 pounds today, which is 5 pounds more than last week. This is
mostly due to fluid retention.
Except for today the past three days have been pretty good as far as
periods of alertness goes. He has had longer periods of being awake
and doing things. He is quite weak so he spends most of his time in
bed. Fortunately he is set up with lots of things he likes to do.
We're more than half way through the book "Eragon" and keep working
on that. He was able to play Magic the Gathering yesterday
afternoon and we watched "Back to the Future part 3" yesterday
I put some pictures on the http://StanfordLarsen.org website showing
how Stanford's port is connected to the IV tubing. He said it was
okay to take and post these pictures. I also put a picture of Dr.
James O'Shea there so you can see what his oncologist looks like.
Stanford's latest blood work is also on the website.
Stanford will probably have a couple of rough days now based on the
experience of the last three treatments. His next appointment is
Thursday, Jan 11th. We keep hoping and praying that the gemcitabine
will be effective and that we will start to see signs of
improvement. He is still here! For a kid that was supposed to have
died last Nov 21st this already is a miracle. Let's pray that the
Thanks to all of you for your continued support, encouragement and
John R Larsen <john at larsen-family.us>
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