Friday, December 28, 2007

Still Dropping

Tyler's blood counts are continuing to drop. Another platelet and blood transfusion is being set up now. The vomiting has slowed down some, so the doctors are allowing him to try some mouth medicine to help with the mouth and throat sores.

The x-rays of Tyler's pancreas appear to show everything is okay. The concerns we had there may just all be chemo related. The doctors are still watching Tyler's liver and gall badder. Ideally they would run CT scans to see what is going on, but there is no way that Tyler could keep down the liquids he would need to drink. There is an awful lot of infection in his body right now.

Tyler was able to get a little sleep last night. He woke up this morning stronger, and was able to get up in sit in a chair for a little bit of time.

We would like to thank everyone again for all the over whelming support. All the gifts and meals and help with the other boys has been a true God send. I do not know how we would have made it this far without all the support from this wonderful community. Thank you very much.


deyerles said...


I know with each day you will continue to get your strength back. Hang in there with each passing day you are closer to becoming cancer-free. The side effects sound horrible but the chemo is working. The tumors are shrinking. You can do this! I have total confidence in you. We all want to know why these things happen. We may never know for sure. But you should know that you have affected many lives and caused many people to remember what is really important. I'm sure there are many grateful people including myself that have been inspired by your courage, strength and braverly. Love, Debbie

dina bornhorst said...

I am so sorry for all your trials the last few days -- Please hang in there! Everyone is praying for you --
The Bornhorsts

Grandma Ruthie said...

I know that this is a very difficult time for you. Keep in mind that there are many people cheering for you and offering prayers for you and your family. With God's help you will be able to survive this. Your strength and faith will be able to help you. God Bless all of you.
Grandma Ruthie

Stacy and Cathy Lane said...

Kyle and Kathy,

Just wanted you to know how much we appreciate the updates on this blog since we do not want to bother you for updates. Joyce and Susie also are great in keeping us informed. Even though you may not hear from us often, we want you to know that we don't stop thinking about you, your family and Tyler. Know that we are lifting you guys up to the Father.

Stacy and Cathy

Anonymous said...

My Dear Tyler,Mom and Dad and brothers,
I truly do not know how you deal with all the nasty side effects you are experiencing,but know how brave and determined you have been,even surely at times you must have thought you could not do it.
Tyler, everyday brings you one day closer to making this a memory you can be proud of how you handled it .
Mom and Dad,I wish I could be there some to help make things easier for the whole family,but that is not to be for right now.I know how fortunate you are to have the kind of friends you have and who seem to anticipate what your needs are and for that I am most grateful.
Love you all and Tyler, all of you and your friends who are experiencing trying
times arein my prayers along withlots and lots of people,some who you do not even know.
Love you,Grandma Smith

Stef Tarapchak said...

Tyler and Mrs. Alfriend,
It was truly an honor to meet you today. I was glad we got to spend some time together and share our stories. Know that Sandi and I are praying for you daily.

Refuse to Lose, Tyler!!!!!

Diane said...

Tyler and Family,
Our family thinks about you often as do all of your neighbors. Your story truly inspires us and puts our everyday events into better perspective. I look forward to meeting your family - I feel like I know a little bit about each of you through this blog. It's got to be challenging to remain strong, especially on these rough days, but it sure sounds like if anyone can do it, you are the one! We hope you can be home again real soon! The Steigers

Connie said...

Dear Tyler,
You do not know me but I met your Mom, Dad, and little brother this past summer at the Garvers when the Malarkeys came down for a cook out.
My heart literally aches for you. I am a grown women and cannot imagine your level of suffering.
To say I pray for you everyday seems so vague, but I do. I actually beg God to comfort you and take away all the sickness and pain.
May Jesus wrap His arms around you right now and comfort you.