Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Great New Years Day

Tyler got almost a full night sleep, and woke up feeling even better. As of this morning his white count is 1.5 and moving up. It needs to get to 4, but last time it was still undetectable (which means below 0.1). His platelets still have a way to go, but doubled over night. His red blood cells are all the way back up. His temperature has continued to hold below 100. His bed sore is now showing signs of improvement.

The doctors have not seen Tyler yet this morning, but that should happen sometime early afternoon. After he is examined, they will likely begin removing some of the IV's, and reducing the morphine to levels Tyler can take at home. Once that is done, and Tyler's progress continues for 24 hours without incident, he will be able to come home.

Tyler has made his second trip into the flames of hell, and come out on the other side...again. Two down. Probably another 6-8 to go. The next PET scan, to measure the extent of the cancer, will be done Friday. On Monday we start round three. The protocol for 3rd round changes the type of chemo. In the first two rounds, Tyler was receiving all 7 of the most toxic chemotherapy drugs, creating the most intense and severe side effects. In the 3rd round, only three of those drugs will continue. The others will be replaced by 5 chemo drugs that tend to be a little less toxic. The treatment time will be longer, with higher doses of chemo, but the side effects may not be as intense.

Right now we are simply celebrating a smiling Tyler and a wonderful new years day.

"Citius, Altius, Fortius" Faster, Higher, Stronger!
--Olympic Motto

"In a race there is only one winner. When I run a race, I do so to win."
--I Corinthians 9:24


Cathy Lane said...

Happy new year to you all there! encouraging news about Tyler! we are voting for him to be home by tomorrow night! Kyle you are wonderful to keep us up to date every day as we feel we are there with you! don't you have a birthday coming up? 50 yet?
please tell Kathy I vote for a dyson vacuum cleaner - we like to see the dirt to know we got it all!
love and prayers to you all there -
cathy and stacy

Kylee said...

Hey great to hear the good news. I was reading the last comment and saw that you wanted popcorn which was the first thing I wanted after chemo last week. Lots of butter of course. Anyway hope you get to go home before your PET scan. If you are like me as soon as the strap my arms in for the scan I feel the need to scratch my nose. I think its my mind playing mean tricks on me :)


Lisa Slonecker said...

So glad to hear the news. Whew what a relief...the prayers are working. Once those white cells start to rebound, things will turn in the right direction.

2008 will be a year to celebrate--a triumphant victory over cancer! Might sound like an ambitious new years' resolution--but from what I've read thus far, it's a sure bet for a guy like you!

For recovering mouth sores...hmmmm, let's see...how about Lemon Ice, oatmeal, no-hull popcorn (actually made from cornmeal but a pretty tasty imitation of popcorn), cheese puffs, etc.

Take care, rest, eat when you can to get strong. ~Lisa Slonecker

Mary Anne Noland said...

Great news and Happy New Year! Glad you are making it through another round. Hope you can recover enough to watch some bowl games. Should be a good one tonight.. right now at least UVa is making a decent showing. Perhaps the other Virginia school will do as well tonight.
Aunt Mary Anne
Go Hoos!!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Alfriends!

The Beith Family

Deyerles said...

Way to go Tyler!
Sounds like you started the New Year with that enourmous inner strength that has brought you so far. I pray you go home tomorrow and that the scan on Friday comes back with wonderful news. Just keep in mind you have made it through the worst two rounds and with each day you are closer to winning this fight. I know God is with you and so are so many others in thought and prayer. I promise I won't write anymore today but after I read your Dad's latest blog I coundn't help myself. I love great news!
P.S. I love the slide show Kyle!

Grandma Bonnie said...


Great way to bring in the new year. Congratulations on another victory. We will see you on Thursday - hope you will be home by then. Glad the bracelets are here. Folks in California are waiting for me to bring some back.


Grandma Bonnie

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you all! So glad to hear Tyler is feeling better! I met Kathy the other day - our son Nicolas also was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma Stage 4 in June 2007. He's only 4, but isn't it just amazing the strength these kids (and young adults) have. Reading your story is like reading our own.

We will continue to pray for Tyler and for your family as your journey this path. It's a long path and very trying at times, but there is light at the end.

Oh, and Nicolas always said that Lucky Charms were so good once his sores started healing!

Please let us know if you need anything at all or just would like to talk - Kathy has our information.

Heather Timbrook


Stef Tarapchak said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Alfriends!! I like the good news about the blood counts, temp coming down, eating!! All good stuff! Hang in there and I will see you soon!!

Kyle Alfriend said...

Hey Cathy Lane--what's that stuff in the first post above about me turning 50? Yes, my birthday is coming up, but I am nowhere near 50. I have a long way to go before the big 5-0. It does not happen until the distant future of 2009.

Thank you Cathy and Stacy (and the entire Lane clan)for all your prayers and support.


Cathy Lane said...

Kyle,We're sorry if we got your age wrong, maybe you're over 50? we just didn't want to insult you! but if you need young people around to help you celebrate, we are more than willing to help! I wonder if even Tyler knows how old you'll be! Oh well, you're only as old as you feel! (yikes!)
what a good thought to end the first day of the year on.
better quit before you block us from your blog-is that possible?
good night to you and Tyler,
the lanes

Kyle's Mom said...

Cathy Lane,

What's it worth to you to know Kyle's age? I can be bought for the cause. After all I was there.

Happy New Year and thank you for being such good a good friend to Kyle and Kathy.

Kyle's Mom

Kyle Alfriend said...

Hey Cathy and Stacy-

Age does not matter. My slogan is "You can only be young once, but you can be inmature for a life time!". It has suited me well.


Anonymous said...

I am so so so glad that Tyler is starting to make improvements and feeling better. Round Two nearly over. Whew!!!

We all are continuing to pray for Tyler and keep all of you in our thoughts everyday. We are here if you need us for anything.

I hope that the New Year brings the entire Alfriend family lots of happiness and joy, and that includes Grandma Alice.

Laura & Jimmy Teague