Friday, September 25, 2009

Not Yet!

Many have been asking if we have any new baby news to share. Not yet! Andi and Charlie are expecting a baby boy any day now, but that little guy is quite cozy right where he is and has not made his arrival yet. But, you'll be one of the first to know when he does!

Dad has had a really good week. He has been feeling so good that he has had a hard time getting himself to settle down and take a nap. Last week he had four IVs so he should be feeling pretty good! That's all the news we have for now.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fighting off another infection

Dad has a pesky urinary tract infection again. Over the last couple weeks, he has been feeling pretty tired. He would keep trying to get himself up and going, but just didn't quite have the energy to do it. He even fell again at home trying to walk. Thankfully, he wasn't hurt. Mom mentioned to the Hospice nurse that she should probably check him for a UTI and mom was right - he had another infection. Part of the problem is that he lays down so much and that makes him more prone to get infections. But, with his blood pressure issues, there really isn't much we can do about that. So, we definitely need to check for these infections more often. They sure do wipe Dad out. He is perking right up again though since he has been on his antibiotics. Dad should have another light chain test in the next week or so. That is the test that measures the amyloid levels in his body. It tells us if the chemo is still doing its job. So far, the past tests have showed a slow but steady decrease in the amyloid levels. We are hoping that trend continues.

Mom and Dad were able to go camping for Labor Day. So many things have changed drastically for Mom and Dad over the last year that it is nice when they can do some of the things they have enjoyed together for so many years. Camping was a much different experience for them this time. They were somewhat of a mobile medical facility, but they still enjoyed themselves.

Thanks for your continued prayers and encouragement!