Thursday, February 24, 2011

Final Radiation

Wednesday 2/23/2011 was Marco's last radiation therapy. Next step surgery. Marco has been seeing and having a lot of xrays and test done to prepare for surgery.

Update:

We saw Dr.Grannis who reminded Marco that the surgery would be a huge surgery and they are worried more of blood lose and infection. Three doctors will be in the Operating Room so they are looking at their calendars to get together at the same time to be available for the surgery.

Seems that Marco is "Unique" not in the way that we all know him to be, this unique would be in a bad way we guess. As it was put its not that he is weird but "Unique" very unique.

Their is another patient that has a different sarcoma than Marco that also has had recurrence 4 times with chemo and radiation and it seemed to be coming back for whatever reason that the doctors can't explain.

This patient has been cancer free for 5 months and they are watching her closely. They are very dumb founded that they can't seem to get a handle on it and it seems to not respond just like Marco.

The good thing is that they are willing to fight with Marco to get a hold on it.

Again, I will be asking all Rally Monkey's to donate blood again. We would be very grateful if you could, I will let you know when as soon as the surgery date is given.

As for now Marco is dealing with some side affects from the radiation but is somewhat good. Very tired and hanging in their.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Down the Hatch

So today Marco saw the diet lady and she was surprised that Marco was eating all the foods on the list that she told him not to eat. But yeah we all know Marco and if he doesn't feel anything then everything is "good".
He has lost a total of 9 pound in the last 3 weeks and they do not want him to lose more weight. This is not good for the healing process but with all the chemo he had and the radiation he is having now, it is not easy for him to feel like eating.

He is starting to feel some irritation in his throat and down his esophagus. Today was the day he swallowed that nasty liquid gel they gave him to drink, to coat his esophagus to heal faster and he decided to tell me if I took a drink he would defiantly drink the rest with no problem.

So there I go and agree, oh hell no this was nasty but I held it in and swallowed it ....ugh the things I do. But the things Marco does to drink all that, was awful. He did a good job holding his nose and down the hatch. Good thing its only 3 times a day he needs to drink that, cause I don't think he could handle more than that.

He is now getting over his nasty cold too. He has also been very tired after every radiation treatment but he tries to do what he can till he is ready to lay down and rest.

Today he completed his 4th week of radiation and is doing okay so far, so now we are changing our way of eating with out a lot of spices...will see how this goes.
His platelets have been going down so they are going to continue to watch it, if it goes lower than 75 count we may need a transfusion, we hope he doesn't get there.

We are all sad by the news that "Amy" our dear friend and Gianina's social worker/counselor will be leaving us at the end of February. She will be missed and I wanted to let her know how much we appreciate all she has done for us and for listing and being there for Gianina when she needed someone to talk to when all hell breaks loose or just to hear the things that bother her at the moment. Truly appreciate all you do. THANK YOU!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Starting to see some side effects

Well Marco started 4th week of radiation on Monday and has been trying to kick the cold out of his system. I let the doctor know that Marco has been having back pain. Doctor will keep an eye on this and see what happens by tomorrow, because it started to go away already.

Marco is now starting to feel some discomfort while eating spicy things so no more spicy for him. And will see if Marco will start taking his medication they prescribed soon. He has been feeling very tired after every radiation treatment, his platelets are dropping but not alarming yet so they are looking at that too.

He has lost a total of 9 pounds just in the last 2 weeks, this is not good they want him to maintain his weight if possible. So they are looking at that too. Almost done with week 4 so will see what happens and will let you know