Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It's Hot in the Pacific Northwest!

We are breaking all kinds of weather records here this week. With the excessive heat there are many warnings for the elderly and frail patients. We contemplated staying in a motel for a few nights so Bryan could be cool and not dehydrate too quickly! Then, we considered a window air conditioner.

Our friend, Denis, was at the house yesterday morning around 10:00AM to measure the front porch for a handrail. He heard our discussion and said he would install it, if we could get one. Pollocks usually move rather slow in this kind of major purchase. We research Consumer Reports, price compare and shop, wait for a sale and then, still question whether or not it is the right thing to do. Once it is purchased, the instructions are read multiple times to determine the perfect installation process and then wait for the perfect time to install. Not yesterday! Time was of the essence--it was getting hot as we spoke. Sarah checked CR online and called Lowes; they were sold out of the CR Best Buy. Next option? Costco! It was 11:00 when I arrived with David to get an air conditioner. We saw people leaving with them. I asked one guy if he bought the last one--"No, Ma'am, but they are going fast." We got one and Denis had it installed by 1:00PM!! It has maintained a comfortable temperature in the living area. Thank you, Denis!

Bryan's bilirubin level continues to drop. Although, it is still too high for the CPT-11, thus we continue with Erbitux, and 5FU/Leukovorin only. Dr. Chen would really like to start this again since Bryan's last infusion of the CPT-11 was May 26. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then!

Today, his white count was high and red count low, again. He was given a Procrit shot to help increase red cells. The "stomach" spasms continue intermittently and he has developed a very burning acid reflux. It was so harsh last night that it gave him a sore throat and raspy voice most of this day. Please pray his voice recovers for Sunday and the reflux ends.

Praising God for His sustaining grace,

1 comment:

Joan said...

I'm so glad you got an air conditioner! I've been thinking of you this week in the heat - meaning to remind you that you are welcome here ANY TIME to share our air conditioning. We would love the company!