Monday, December 31, 2007

Still Fighting

Tyler is still fighting hard. He still has no discernible white blood cells. There is nothing that will help that except his own body starting to make them again. His red blood cells have stabilized after the last blood transfusion, so he will not need any more blood for a while (thank you to all the wonderful blood donors). His platelets are continuing to drop, so he will be receiving more platelets transfusions. Tyler is still unable to speak. The open sores are the worst in his throat, causing the greatest pain. They extend from his mouth all the way down and through his intestinal track.

Tyler has had a couple of times over the past two days where he was able to watch some TV (football games). He even was able to do some text messaging to friends yesterday. But then he drops back down. We were warned that his recovery time would get longer with each round, as his body is weakened by the chemo and cancer wars going on inside him.

We are really praying that Tyler will improve enough to come home at least a couple of days before he begins the next round. He really enjoys his friends coming by to visit and talk. It really helps his spirits. But it is critical that he get stronger. Because of the highly aggressive nature of this cancer, Tyler can not deviate at all from the schedule. The 3rd round must begin Monday, January 7th.

Tyler got a visit yesterday from several of the Buckeye football team. He has an OSU flag on his door, and they all signed it when they came into his room. He is still unable to speak, but he was able to sit up, and got a big smile on his face.


Lisa Slonecker said...


Just wanted to let you know that we feel your pain as you watch helplessly as Tyler suffers. This is an awful time for all of you--the glimmer of relief is around the corner and we are sending positive thoughts that that will happen ASAP.

Tyler--take the medicines you need to be as comfortable as possible, ask for what you need, rest and take care.

Stay focused on the end goal. Take it a day at a time, and if necessary--an hour or minute at a time. Our prayers are focused on recovering blood counts to bring the pain relief you need. Take care,

Lisa Slonecker

jd said...


As 2007 phases out and 2008 is revving up, we're praying REALLY hard that Tyler's lymphoma is doing the same; phasing out and his healing revving up!

Much love,

The Domiano's

Grandma Ruthie said...

Dear Alfriends,
We are continuing to pray for all of you. Our minister asked for additional prayers for Tyler and for all of you in yesterday's service. Please know that we are praying for you constantly. May God Bless all of you. Tyler, hang tough! We love all of you.
Grandma Ruthie and Grandpa Joe