Monday, July 28, 2008

Up Date

Hi everyone ~

Charlie is doing well, although he still gets tired... but that is to be expected. We recently had a followup appointment for the sonogram he had on his kidney. At this time, there will be no reason to put another stint in! Our Doctor said he was very pleased with what he had seen and from what he can tell, Charlie's response to the chemo is going very well! I thought we (Charlie and I) were going to leap out of our chairs. He added that it was a sonogram, and the c-scan will let us know more. If there are any problems with the cancer at that time, we will start all over if his kidney is giving him problems. But, this was wonderful news! Charlie's weight is kinda at a stand still at a 141-144 lb. (that is being weighed first thing in the morning). He had our daughter Diandra get some more Glucerna nutritional drink to mix with his protein shakes in the morning and add another sandwich to his lunch. He still gets nauseous and has had a few bad days. I feel bad for him, but then I also think the chemo is not done doing it's thing. So I feel it's also good (if that makes any sense).

Rob sent his dad a couple of Muhammad Ali posters to put up in his room at the hospital for mental support. Rob then asked me to put them up behind his speed bag. It was music to my ears as I was making dinner for him to hear that speed bag going with a final pow punch. He had tried to hit his speed bag during the duration of his chemo treatments only to hit and miss it. He just didn't have the strength... (of course) but, Charlie had to try. The very day I put the posters up behind the speed bag is when he started hitting the bag again.

His c-scan is scheduled in early August. I will let everyone know how it goes.

Again, thank you for your continuous prayers.


  1. Thanks for the update, I am so glad
    that our Charlie is doing well

    we will keep the good vibes,prayers flowing through the family till
    he is free and clear!

    hugs and love

  2. this is such good news honey ... am so glad for you all ... i think of you often, much love, xo

  3. Oh what wonderful news. I do know at least some of what you mean with the good and bad. I bet hearing the rat-a-tat-tat of that bag was beautiful to hear. The prayers are keeping coming.

  4. This is wonderful news Angela...

    I love the picture of the punching looks well worn like it's seen plenty of punching...

    I have never seen Million Dollar was on TV the other night, and I thought of Charlie and his battle ~~ Yeah, and he's winning it!!!

    Love and Hugs
    It was wonderful to hear your voice this morning.
    Wanda Mom

  5. Keep that great news coming! Love and prayers are continuing. We are so proud of Charlie and you too. You are the perfect cheerleader!


  6. HUZZAH!!!

    What great news.

    Charlie, keep hittin' the bag man. It is just another tool to kick the crap outta the cancer.

    We have to find whatever tool will work for us.

    Maryann has been in remission for a couple of years now and we(SHE) have been overcoming since 1997. So hang in there and keep getting better.

    I know about the nausea. Maryann would force herself to eat because she knew it would increase her strength. However there were days when she just wasn't hungry.

    We are so happy that you are getting better and that your family is there to provide the support.

    Thanks for letting us tag along and be psuedo-family. Aw hell, I feel like a brother. So go get 'em, man.

    Angela, this did start out for you, but I couldn't help myself. I am sure you will share this with Charlie.

    Love you guys.

  7. Yes, I do continue to pray for Charlie. I am glad to hear that things are going in the right direction!!

  8. Glad to hear that that Charlie is feeling better...

  9. Heart warming news! Lots of little steps in the right direction.