Thursday, January 14, 2010

January 14, 2010

I've been meaning to get to this for days now. Right now Derek is at Primary's with his dad, undergoing his second chemo treatment. This one will be 5 continuous days of IV. It is interesting to us that they hydrate his body with bags of water before they begin chemo. I understand that his healthy cells will survive much better if they push the hydration before the treatment. After the water push, they give him the first dose of chemo, then flush his system with more water, then more chemo. (He is no stranger to the bathroom during all this). Derek began losing his hair while he was home this past week, so he just shaved it all off. His blood count was high on Monday and Tuesday, so he was able to spend time with some of his friends. He was glad to be out of the house! Hurray for friends!

While at Primary's, Dave met up with Alisa, our niece, whose 2 year old son just received a new kidney. She spends her time going back and forth from her son's room (who doesn't want her to go) to her husband's room (who is the donor). She also has a 5 month old baby.... Our prayers are with them, as well.

We are so thankful for your emotional support. Our burdens become light when we're surrounded by good friends and loving family!


  1. We will visit Derek tonight. Not as exciting as his visitor yesterday, a labradoodle therapy dog who makes the rounds among the children. But we will try to look longingly into Derek's eyes and maybe lick his hand and snuggle close. We will do our best to bring cheer and maybe some candy (which will be for Dave.)

  2. Oh, I'm so glad he had a good day before he headed north again. He was probably happy to throw his etch-a-sketches out the window for the night. haha

    Love you all.

  3. That sounds like so much fun! Katelyn was at primary's yesterday and said she saw both Alisa and Uncle Dave. I think she only talked to Alisa, but she said it was good to see family. :)