Saturday, January 12, 2008

Chemo Treatments

Tyler had a relatively quiet night last night. He seemed to get a good night's sleep. But the fight came back with a vengeance this morning. As we move into the afternoon, Tyler has times when the severity of the pain is the highest since this process began. Then it will subdue for a while. He is maxed out on the morphine and other pain killers, and can not have anymore for about 5 hours. He will be allowed more nausea medicine in about 1/2 hour, which tends to calm him down and help him rest. I pray that that will help.

One of the things I have found most difficult through this battle is the over-lapping symptoms. The symptoms Tyler is currently experiencing are typical side effects of one of the new chemo drugs he is receiving. However they are the identical symptoms we would see if the cancer was making a come-back and growing again. Also, several of the potential organ failure and organ damage concerns we have been warned about produce the same symptoms. The tests to determine what is happening cause more discomfort, and would not immediately change the course of action. They are also not very conclusive. Therefore a "wait and see" approach is taken. As a result we do not know if the current suffering is because we are gaining, losing, or entering another battle. I was not created to "wait and see", especially when it comes to my son. I do not believe any father was. I would rather be in the heat of any fight, regardless of the odds, than to be on the sidelines as a spectator watching events unfold. But there are times when that the choice is not ours.

Tyler will receive the last treatment of this chemo drug on Sunday morning. We will see if the symptoms continue.

Kylee stopped by today with her mom when Tyler was starting to feel a little better. She was tired, but she is looking very good. It is amazing what these young adults are going through. Watching them you can only be in awe of their courage and strength. Kylee is a great person and comes from a wonderful family. Kathy and I have enjoyed getting to know them all.


Deyerles said...

Sometimes all we can do is pray.

Grandma Ruthie said...

Our continued prayers are with Tyler and all of you. This is a very serious battle and you know that there are many people praying for all of you.
Your daily blogs have meant so much to all of us. I have been so impressed that I have learned about the fight you are waging. May God continue to walk with you each step of the way.
Grandma Ruthie

Sheri and Rob Mann said...

Kyle, Kathy and Tyler,

Wearing my "Fight to Win" bracelet--received it yesterday. We are praying and pulling for you in this "fight".

Love Sheri (your 3rd cousin) and husband Rob (Yorktown, VA)

Lisa Slonecker said...


We are hoping for a brighter tomorrow for you. Our hearts are aching--we know the battle your body is enduring. Take the medicines to help you feel better and keep asking for something different or something more until you are comfortable. Do not be "brave" in regard to accepting or asking for what will help...take all they can give you and let it help you rest.

In our prayers for comfort and healing,

The Sloneckers