Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I asked Dr. Stinnett about Nic's counts. They were low this week, as was expected, but nothing like last treatment. He said his counts were @ 8000 this week (for white blood cell), & last treatment they were at 2000, the other count-- red blood cell?? not sure what the other count is, but it was at 200 last treatment and 800 today. Sooooo that helped me to see just how low they were last time. I guess healthy/normal is around 15,000, which we won't be seeing in Nic until a few months after treatments have been completed. We were told he will feel worse after each treatment & so far I agree, each treatment it has taken him longer to feel better. He also got the shot again, the one that makes him feel like ---well, whats worse than crap??, I guess we'll stick with crap x 2??
He did gain another 2 lbs-- he is almost up to his pre-cancer weight. Keep the good food coming!!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I should be getting a new phone today- Can't wait!
I was looking through my friends blogs & stumbled across a friend of a friend-- He went to Jr High & High school out here with me.. I DIED watching this little blog blurb of his. Cracked me up-- Give it a view.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Not sure what other word describes that. This is the sound Cassidy was making this morning before having had anything to eat. Nothing like throwing up from the pit of your empty stomach. Her little flu bug was either hiding for the last 2 days or she caught another one. Either way, we are pretty lucky that no other family members have caught this- Especially Nic. So far anyway. She is feeling better, but still has some of the issues that go along with the flu. We are hoping all is well by the weekend, she has her first ever dance competition. Fun Stuff. Nic & I were able to get a little work done in the yard, I mowed the lawn, with our awesome new mower ( Thanks Mark & Kristin) & Nic tilled & raked out the garden, so we can hopefully get in some planting this week, or weekend. I also got to get in some cooking today, something I really miss, now that I don't have as much empty time. I made roast beef with carrots & potato's, rolls & pasta salad. YUMMY! I also got a chance to make some fresh Strawberry Jam.. 1 batch last night and one today. One more to go- Tomorrow.
Feeling very accomplished for the overall weekend, since we figured Nic would be out of service. He's done very well, kind of ignored his fatigue, but by the end of the night, pays for it.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
~He had gone the weekend with out any naps & stayed up later than usual, so he was a little sleep deprived. You all know how that can be with a child (or an adult). Nic had made some Mac'n'cheese and Stockton had eaten all of his and he started in on Trents, and then didn't let Trent have any, so we told him to share or nothing-- Well I am sure you guessed that he decided nothing, and was then upset about it. He was crying the naggy cry (the one where you have to try really hard to make it sound real) so I told him to go upstairs and cry in his room until he decided to be happy. So he went upstairs- This was about 8:45- and usually when he has to "go cry in his room" he will fall asleep or get side tracked with his toys & play by himself for a while. I didn't hear any more crying, so I thought he had done one of the above. So 9:30 comes around & I get the other 2 kids upstairs for bed, and as I am going up the stairs, I hear Stockton crying a faint cry. I followed it to my room & couldn't see him, so I asked him where he was. He seemed relieved to hear my voice & started crying even harder about how he was stuck under my bed & daddy had to save him. So I looked under the bed and sure enough, there he was, with puffy eyes. I had Cassidy run downstairs and get Nic. I tried to pull him out, but he started screaming about how daddy needed to save him. Nic came upstairs, at first he lifted the bed, but then realized he couldn't lift and pull him out. So then Trent lifted the bed & Nic got him out. Cassidy and I were watching with sympathy- Poor Stocky. As Nic was reassuring him, he was still crying, taking in big gulps of air. "My HUH HUH daddy HUH HUH HUH save me HUH HUH", big crocodile tears and sobbing so hard he was shaking. Then he went downstairs with daddy while Cassidy, Trent and I went to bed.
I told the stylist that Cassidy likes to do her own hair. Which is true, now that I am not there in the mornings, it's either her or Nic. So she cut it in a way that would just kind of "fall" into place, with out much hassle. She did a fantastic job.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
H A P P Y
B I R T H D A Y
M E !!!!!!!
My mom and sister took me out to Holy Smoke BBQ in Layton for a birthday lunch. I am going to say how much I enjoyed the food, service, and of course the company. We all tried something different. Quite a few of them were firsts for us. Hush puppies-- Scrumptious. Sweet potato fries, absolutely delicious. Catfish- I will be ordering this again the next time I am there, with the lemon sauce. The brisket was good, the chicken was good. Ribs, "Holy Smoke" they were good. I was a little surprised, I thought the pork would have been better- Don't get me wrong, it was good, but.. out of everything I tired, that would be my least favorite. they had a sauce bar ( I guess that is what you would call it) of sauces you could get & dip in or pour over your meat. They also had little take home containers for your sauces. The Mac'n'cheese had great flavor, the baked beans were sweet- too sweet for Cassidy, but I really liked them. Since we were all first timers there, we took a minute to look over the menu & decide what we were going to order, so the owner came out and gave us a little advice. Which worked out for us! When we were done eating he came out again & told us that the girls could have a free ice cream on him. Then Monica was nice enough to tell him it was a birthday Lunch for me and Alenika. So he then put on his silly glasses (the kind with big eyebrows, a big nose and mustache attached to the glasses) & he got a little blow horn type thing & stood on the table and announced that everyone was going to sing happy birthday- which they all did. It was a great experience in all & I will be going there again, hopefully soon. The staff was so nice, the owner is a good guy. I highly recommend this place to anyone VERY family friendly. Higher than Famous Dave's by far!!! Such a fun atmosphere. In the beginning we had take out menu's and were going to rate the food we had, so we would know the next time what we did and didn't like. By the end, we had tossed them. For trying foods we hadn't tried before, everything was either good, great, or exceptional. Nothing was bad.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Nic and I want to thank you all for the drinks and magazines and Snacks. We really appreciate it. Nic is still feeling tired & the nausea is in and out. He seems to have eaten better so we'll see what his weight is at his appointment on Wednesday.
Crystal and Jon
Lisa, Mike and family
Courtney, Brady and family
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
For all of you who have been wondering "What can I do".. Well, I finally have an answer. Having gone through the first treatment, it is VERY boring. The patient next to us had his granddaughter there for about 2 hours, all the while, nickelodeon was on the TV (We don't get enough kids television at home, so we were thrilled to have this opportunity). I went and looked through the magazines in the waiting room-- all were old and uninteresting-- I'm talking 2007 old..... So If you feel this is your chance- You could get Nic a magazine, or subscription, so he has something new to read each visit. He mentioned-- Time, ESPN, Sports Ill., National Geographic... He's not much into books, so magazines are where it's at. He has also gone through quite a bit of Sprite and Gatorade. We have had to get the "single serve sizes" Because opening a 2 liter in this house, means community property and the kids often try & sneak a drink from the container (before mom & dad see them), which is now a health hazard for Nic.
Nic isn't supposed to feel nauseous today, in fact if he throws up in the next few days, I have to take him in. So hopefully we won't be dealing with that. He commented that he feels "weird". He wasn't sure how else to explain it.
For those of you who have asked- Nic won't be loosing his hair until he has had a few more treatments.
He has a follow-up appt. with Dr. Stennitt Next Wednesday & another treatment the following Wednesday.
A Big Thank You to Kim for watching Stockton today & to Grandpa and Grandma Hadley for dinner.
Next week is Spring Break for my kids- No School at all--any suggestions, can't go to a REALLY public place with Nic, or I can go with out him- and just take the kids.
~Side note~ Dr. Stinnett mentioned that people who smoke and/or drink are less likely to feel nauseated after treatment.~
Kind of interesting....