Just a quick update to let you know what's been going on since Josh got out of the hospital. On Monday they got it worked out at the last minute that he wouldn't have to go to Tucson for the shots that they normally give him after the chemo. That was a blessing that they could get it done here and not have to drive all that way just for a 15 min. appt. On Tuesday he went to Tucson to see the oncologist and find out what happens next. As far as I know he will have blood work done on Dec. 27th and be admitted to the hospital on Dec. 28th for another 5 days of intense chemo. There was also some talk about doing an ultrasound to see if there are pockets of fluid that they might be able to drain to give him a little relief. I don't know if that's something they're definitely going to do and if so, when they're talking about doing that! Sorry all 3 boys have been kind of sick and we didn't want to get everyone together and spread everything around! It's hard to hear him on the phone so I try not to keep him on there very long. They've also been very busy because Rosie's brother and his family are visiting for the week!
Yesterday he was supposed to be able to get a blood transfusion here, but Sierra Vista said they had to do another type and cross and that he couldn't get the blood until Friday. They tried all day to get him into Tucson and get it done right away, but that didn't work out either. What they finally got worked out was for Mom and Josh to leave at 5:30 this morning and get it done in Tucson today. I guess it's going to take most of the day. His heart was racing again yesterday and that's one of the main reason they wanted to get it done right away. He also didn't want to get it done on Friday, because the boys are in a little Christmas program at their daycare that he wants to be able to go see!
The next intense chemo MIGHT be in Sierra Vista. Yesterday Josh and Mom talked to one of the Dr.'s here about admitting him to the SV hospital to do the chemo so it wouldn't be so hard on Rosie and the boys. We all have several reservations about this though! The Dr. said there are very few private rooms and he didn't think that they would be able to get him one. Our main concern with that is that Josh cannot be exposed to anyone who is sick. We'd have to worry about the person he was sharing a room with and any of that person's visitors! Please pray that it will all work out the way it's supposed to.
There was some talk about him being able to have it done at home with some home health nurses, but that didn't work out. I didn't get the details as to why it didn't work out though.
Please continue praying for all of us and pray that God will keep him safe during this next round of chemo.
I also have another prayer request I would like to ask everyone to add to their lists. One of Josh's friends from high school has an aunt who is battling ovarian cancer cancer and her son is also battling cancer (sorry I can't remember what type). I can't imagine how much harder it is for mother and son to be going through this at the same time! Their names are Bea and Jerry. Please pray for their strength to fight this and for their family who is helping take care of them!