Saturday, November 29, 2008

Update

The day after arriving in the hospital after receiving the IV nutrition, she seemed to improve pretty fast, feeling better and just all around more normal. She had the catheter installed in her abdomen to drain the fluid. We haven't been able to remove much fluid yet, though. Since that procedure she has not really fully woken up and is not mentally all there. That was done Wednesday. We have also learned that because of the long break from chemo the cancer has gotten worse and has spread more in the lungs and to the adrenal glands. It's hard to say for sure, but her decrease in cognitive function is probably related to the build up of all the pain meds she's on, her electrolyte imbalance, her sick liver, adrenal gland and kidneys. She's also much weaker despite the IV nutrients.
We are having a family fast on Sunday and we invite all of you to join us.

I forgot to mention that her Oncologist decided he didn't think it was a good idea to delay any longer the chemo treatments, but also didn't want to give the full dose yet. So last night she started with only the drug Erbitux, which is an antibody that is supposed to target cancer cells and slow their growth. Other then extreme fatigue, she ha had no other side effects yet.

15 comments:

thearringtonclan said...

Oh Justin............. we are so sorry to hear this.. I will be joining in the fast tomorrow for sure..Please know we are really praying for her recovery or at the least comfort for her..Not being able to have the chemo sure sucks..
Love to you both Maxine and Mathew

Kristin Hamblin said...

Thanks for the update Justin. You two are in our thoughts and prayers. We will be praying for you tomorrow!

randalswife said...

Justin - just wanted to let you know that we've been following your story and that you and Susan are in our prayers! (I went to school with Mike and my sister is Susan's age, just so you don't think I'm some random stalker, I'm not random - just some stalker. *smile*)

Bri said...

justin-i am sooo sorry!I have been following your blog and my heart is with you two. I have spent many weeks in the hospital getting bad news myself (in the past).I will be praying for you.
love- bri butler price

Ami Bethea said...

I'm so sorry Justin, I've been wondering how things were going for you guys this week. I didn't see this in time for the fast, but we will pray extra hard for you & Susan. Hang in there, Ami

scott and lindsey said...

we will be fasting and praying for her.. we keep do. Thanks justin for keeping us all updated. We're thinking of you guys constantly.

Melanie said...

Justin I am soooo sorry to hear this. You and Susan are in my thoughts and prayers. Goodluck and thanks for the updates :)

Adriana said...

Unfortunately, I read this too late for the fast today :( but know that my family will be fasting for Susan this next Sunday! Damond and I have strong testimonies concerning the power of a fast! We love you all! :D

Brittany Kristin Calkins said...

We are praying for you both as well as the rest of your family.
~Calkins in Utah and Lanes in Corona 1st ward

Jen N said...

Thank you for the updates. Today in Sacrament Meeting is was suggested that next week on Fast Sunday that you and your family be remember in our prays and fast. We hope that is all right.
Bishop and Jennifer

Lauren Porter said...

We love you and are praying for you!

Corissa and Spencer Smith said...

We are so sorry to hear this news. We are too late to fast but wil fast for Susan this Sunday! You are both in our daily prayers!
Stay strong!
Corissa and Spencer

thearringtonclan said...

Hello Justin.. just had a thought a moment ago to let you know you are in our Prayers as you go through this major trial..It's not much but I wanted you to know that the Gospel is true and we have a Heavenly Father who loves us dearly and waits ready with open arms to gather his children close to him...My Prayer is that BOTH you and Susan can feel his arms around you as he consoles you during this rough path you are on..
With love from The Arringtons

Jen Johnson said...

Thanks for the updates. Fred and I pray for you both every night and our thoughts are with you. I hope you know that the sisters are praying for you also and I hope that you can feel their love and concern. I am grateful that we can stay updated through your blogs.

Castle Family said...

Hey, Justin it's Sherri. I found your blog on your facebook. I'm so sorry to hear of your wife's illness. That must be a difficult journey. We've been hearing of cancer in young people much too often lately. We'll keep her and you in our prayers.