Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Tide's Design

This is what the Tide's wave left behind on the sand. :)

Hey Everyone ~

I thought I would let you know what is new with Charlie. Tomorrow he will be getting his stint taken out. This entire time he has had problems with it. He has experienced low/high grade temperatures, urine/kidney infections, and it is uncomfortable (he can feel it... he experiences a pulling, like he can't stand up straight sometimes). He has been off and on antibiotics. He is only supposed to have the stint in six months at a time. If he has more problems after getting it out, he may have to get another one put back in. He has been four, going on five months now with it being in. Our Doctor feels it is time.

Charlie weighed in at 141.6 lbs. this morning! Whooooo HOOOO! He has fought like hell to put it on (I am sorry ~ it has been so frustrating to see him eat, eat and eat when he feels nauseous, and then step on that scale to see he has gained nothing and sometimes he has even lost weight). It has been hard to watch my husband go through that.

He had a bad night sleeping last night... he is experiencing pain where his stint is and he also said it is where his cancer is located on the scans (the pain). We are hoping that when he gets this stint taken out that it will eliminate a lot of his problems. At this time we don't know how many problems this stint is causing, so we are all anxious for him to get it out. He still feels nauseous and actually vomited this morning after taking his pain medication. We both wonder exactly how long this will go on. Geeez! Poor guy... He is getting stronger everyday though! He is even growing a little hair back.

That is where we are at. I wanted to let everyone know and also to thank you for all of your prayers. Keep praying... we are not out of the woods yet. He gets another scan in two in a half months to let us know exactly what his cancer image is doing without any chemo. We will have a better idea exactly what is going on. Our Doctor said that Charlie will start to feel better six weeks after his last chemo... we are exactly at three weeks today.

With much love

P.S I feel like this is a fast and furious written post. I have Rob's old room to get ready for some visitors coming in very early July. It has been my "catch all" room for a year now. I have so much to do and get rid of. I only have a couple of open days to take care of some of it this week. I have a couple of fun days planned too! Did I also mention that I am working in the cafeteria for the summer school program? I have been working in the yard too (I do NOT like snails!). ~~ Whew! I better get busy!


  1. Thanks for the update on our Charlie!
    wow you are a busy bee like me
    I hope you have a good time with your
    I have been thinking about all of you a great deal. I hope you do get to do some fun things. besides work. I know I am looking forward to my vacation
    I will call you soon so we can make some plans

    love and hugs

  2. I have been reading your blog for a while now and come and check in on you every few days. Hopefully Charlie's weight and health continue to improve.
    I love your pictures on the beach and the shots of the sand and of your daughter. It all looks so peaceful and beautiful.
    Take care, Jacinta.

  3. Thank you for the update. I just got back from my prayer walk where I prayed for Charlie, too.
    I am glad things are getting a little better. One day at a time!

  4. Poor man...as if he hasn't got enough to contend with. The sooner the stint is out the better.
    As gudl says....one day at a time.

  5. Thanks for the update. I've been wondering how you guys are.

    Love you.