Sunday, October 1, 2006

October 2006 Posts

October 30, 2006 - Monday
Chris and I have been collecting a lot of breast cancer awareness items over the last couple of years. Today we went to the Cancer Therapy center in Frederick and donated several items that will be used to help brighten the lives of others who are going through treatments. We had gone there for 2 years and have been very comfortable with the staff there. Our first day there we were presented with a wonderful basket and although we were scared this small token made the day a little more bearable!!

October 29, 2006 - Sunday
pinkThe boys and I went to Chris's office this morning to help hang pictures and clean out a storage room. They just built some new office space and needed a hand getting some things done. We were supposed to go to a Halloween party Saturday night but Chris was feeling pretty tired so we felt it was best to pass.

yardSunday morning we got up early because of the time change, so Chris and I went to our favorite breakfast place in downtown Frederick. Beans and Bagels! The owner is great and goes out of his way to make sure that Chris and I are always happy. His wife and her friend are the company that was hired to clean our house every other week as well.

sleepThis coming week will be a little harder as I have to go on a business trip on Wed and Thursday. Here's some dog update pictures too.... For the record, we did NOT buy the pink sweater. It came from our good friends across the street.

October 27, 2006 - Friday
Chris and I finally had a chance to go out to dinner tonight. She has been feeling pretty well all week and went to work each day! It was a pretty relaxed week for us which was great! Dinner from Chris's co-worker on Wednesday! Thanks Rosalie!

October 22, 2006 - Sunday
What a great weekend. Chris was still feeling well all weekend and we basically did nothing. Watched football on Sunday, did a little shopping on Saturday morning for Halloween. A nice weekend to relax. Chris did a little work in the yard by trimming up her flowers and stuff. I tried to get her to cut the grass but no luck! :) People keep checking in with us regularly via email and phone. Thanks for checking up on us! We don't mind at all!

October 20, 2006 - Friday
Had to give Chris a shot today! She is being given a shot after treatment now that will hopefully keep her white counts higher. It's a very expensive shot and the insurance company has some goofy rules about it. In any event, I got to inject her with it. Kind of scary. Chris felt pretty good and went to work today.
Thanks to Marianne for dinner tonight!!

October 19, 2006 - Thursday
Well it has been a somewhat uneventful week in our lives. Chris has been to work each day this week and has been feeling pretty well. We cherish these day! Today was treatment day at John's Hopkins in Baltimore. The current treatment takes about 4 hours to actually flow. Getting bloodwork, waiting for a seat, and misc. other delays takes another 3 hours! We left home at 10 and got home around 7. This is the 2nd treatment and was actually pushed off 1 week to finish up her other at-home treatments. Since it was the 2nd treatment we are now experienced at how everything works at JH and where we need to go and what we need to do. That makes it so much easier. Chris's parents came over to be with the boys after school and our neighbor Randy made dinner for all of us!!! Big thanks to you Randy!

This week we have been blessed with dinners from so many people and it has made it has made this week even better. Thanks to Sally, Karen, and Andrew for keeping us fed this week! The cleaning company came by on Wednesday. The employees where Chris works generously donated money to a collection and have contracted with a cleaning company to clean the house every 2 weeks. This too, is a huge help to us as it allows us to spend more quality time with Chris. The list of people is really long, but a special thank you to our COMSTAR family is certainly needed.

October 17, 2006 - Tuesday
A beautiful flower arrangement was delivered by the local radio station that Chris has been advertising with. Chris absolutely loves flowers and these were just wonderful. I sent flowers to her at work on the same day so she's surrounded by them now! Many thanks to Linda and all the folks at WFRE and WFMD.

October 15, 2006 - Sunday
Michael, Chris and I (Tyler stayed home) got up early and drove to Lock Haven, PA to watch Alex's college lacrosse teamgood week so far. The drive was beautiful and the weather a little brisk but the sun was shining. It was great getting a chance for Chris and I see Alex play for her college team. It all was possible because her treatment was pushed off 1 week. She has been feeling great. Next weekend may be a different story. We'll enjoy this weekend all week! I also added photos from the tournament in the pictures page.

October 14, 2006 - Saturday
A friend of Chris's had a cookout today. She has some good friends from highschool that she has now been back in touch with since their 20year reunion a couple years ago. There were several of them at her friends cookout. It was really nice seeing them. The weather was pretty cold and since Chris has no hair a stocking cap is a must!

Earlier this morning we listend to Alex on the radio! She has a timeslot on the campus's radio station from 10am to noon! What's great is we can listen to her via the internet. You can too, just click here.

October 12, 2006 - Thursday
A good week so far. Chris went for bloodwork on Tuesday. The Dr. called back and told her all her counts looked really good. Neutrophils were 1600! She postponed this weeks treatment as she wanted Chris's counts to be even higher and wanted her to finish up her at-home IV antibiotics. Dinner was graciously provided 2 times this week! Thanks very much to Mallorie and Sabrina!

I played in a small golf tournament today to help raise funds for friends of ours that have been impacted by cancer. Since Chris's treatment was pushed off I got a chance to get out and play. Great day and we did raise some good $.

We're planning a trip to see Alex's first collegiate lacrosse match this Sunday. Her team plays in a 5 team tournament! The boys, Chris and I are going up for the day to Lock Haven, PA. Should be a nice day and fall colors are coming in.

October 9, 2006 - Monday
Chris and I both had the day off from work. We went out for coffee this morning and then I took he to Kohl's so that she could buy some new clothes. She has been really great!

October 7, 2006 - Saturday
We went to a party last night where several couples were celebrating 20+ anniversaries this month.

October 6, 2006 - Friday

Well after a very long and hectic week Chris has finally come back home. Here fever that had been as high as 102 went away very quickly. In fact, she was admitted Tuesday night and never had a high fever after that because of all the antibiotic and antiviral meds she was taking. Her white counts or neutrophils were of the most concern. Normal numbers are 1000 or above. You get hospitalized if you're less than 500. Her's were in the dangerously low range on Tuesday at 180! Wed morning they were 150... After all the drugs and rest Thursday morning they were 780! She did NOT receive a white blood cell injection to help boost them either. They came back on their own.

She came home last night and is feeling pretty well. A home nurse will come today and show her how to administer at-home IV therapy for some continuing antibiotics. Chris's parents came over each day to be with the boys and several of Chris's coworkers sent home dinner each night. A HUGE help!

Thanks for all the calls and keeping in touch. Next chemo treatment is scheduled for Thursday. That may change though. I'll keep you posted.

Alex called later Thursday and found a ride home with one of the girls on her lacrosse team. Her visit was most welcome!

Chris and I both went to the barbershop this morning. She decided to go ahead and have her hair cut off as it was beginning to fall out. She remembered what it was like the last time so she attacked it straight on!
Chris getting hair cut.Chris after haircut.

October 5, 2006 - Thursday

Today is our 21'st wedding anniversary. Great present. Chris came home!

October 3, 2006 - Tuesday

I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that Chris has been admitted to John's Hopkins Hospital . She has been fighting a fever for the last 7 days and they asked her to come in this afternoon after she called the doctor. She has also come down with a cold in her chest.

A chest x-ray showed that her chest was in pretty good shape, however blood work showed that her white blood cell count was very low. She was admitted immediately. It took a long while to find a bed as she needed a private room to reduce infection. Her oncologist stayed with us for over an hour in the admitting area of the hospital making calls and finally getting a room for her.

I left her around 10 pm and she was doing pretty well. She's tired and looking forward to getting some rest. She'll be on IV antibiotics and also getting a shot to help increase her white cell count. They anticipate 2 to 3 days in the hospital.

Chris's parents came and watched the boys today and looked after our new dog. I'll know more tomorrow (Wed) but for now her room is 448 in the Nelson Building . Her phone is 410-502-4572 if you'd like to call. Visitors are limited because of her counts.

Don't hesitate to call my cell phone if you want additional information. I'll try to keep you all posted as best I can.

October 2, 2006 - Monday
Sally, who works with Chris, sent home a wonderful lasagna for us to have for dinner. The boys and I really enjoyed it!

October 1, 2006 - Sunday
This was parents weekend at Alex's college. The whole family went up to watch a football game and spend some time with Alex. She also had a scrimmage scheduled on Sunday. It was great getting a chance to see her in her new environment. She's doing well and making friends quickly. We took her grocery shopping, and also to the mall for some much needed malling! We really had a good time and went to our favorite restaurant The Bullfrog Brewery. Check it out.

Chris felt okay most of the weekend. She has been fighting off a cold for a couple days and unfortunatley it caught up to her! Her fever elevated a couple of times on the weekend but she was able to keep it under 100.5 most of the time, until Sunday afternoon when it really went up quickly for some reason. We think that is was due in part to her not drinking enough liquids. She was able to get it back down to almost normal by the time we arrived home late Sunday. Pictures of the weekend can be found here.