December 20th, 2018 News 2 Comments

Since the last update a week ago, Dad was able to go to his appointment with the melanoma specialist last Friday (12/14) and he did the first treatment of the immunotherapy, but it took everything that he had to get there and back. Since then, he has completely lost all strength and ability to move […]

December 14th, 2018 News 4 Comments

Dad has taken a turn for the worse since late last week as the steroid dose has continually been decreased. Over the last few days the doctors have not been able to keep his pain and nausea under control with medication. Today he was scheduled to have a brain MRI but it was cancelled because […]

December 1st, 2018 News No Comments

Today, I took Dad to his second appointment with the melanoma specialist.  The doctor was again very professional and caring as we discussed the next steps to be taken.  The two treatment options before us are either chemotherapy or immunotherapy.  Chemo is the more “traditional” treatment but has a lower positive response rate when used […]

November 11th, 2018 News No Comments

Thank you for praying for Dad’s appointment with the melanoma specialist on Friday (11/9). The appointment lasted over 4 hours, but Mom and Dad came away from it very pleased with how knowledgeable and compassionate the doctor was with them. Several treatment options were discussed, but nothing was decided at this appointment because further bloodwork […]

November 9th, 2018 News 1 Comment

Dad has been home for several days now and overall is doing well. He is consistently gaining strength and is able to move about the house with a walker and sometimes with just a cane. His appetite is still very good and his pain has been down to a much more tolerable level. The biggest […]

November 3rd, 2018 News No Comments

The big news from today (Friday 11/2) is that Dad is finally home from the hospital! Although the discharge paperwork and process took most of the day, by 5:45pm he and mom were back at the house and surrounded by loving family members. This is another milestone for dad because now, all of his remaining […]

November 2nd, 2018 News No Comments

Dad did not go home today due to some lingering issues, but Mom said he was doing better by the end of the day. His pain is now a more tolerable 7 and some of the issues are being resolved, so there is a good possibility that he may go home tomorrow. My grandparents are […]

November 1st, 2018 News No Comments

Today we reached a milestone in Dad’s treatment as he finished his last of five radiation treatments. The clinic awarded dad with a certificate of achievement and dad rang a ceremonial bell as he left, signaling the end his treatments. While we understand that this is the first step of many, it is truly a […]

October 31st, 2018 News 1 Comment

Mom and Dad didn’t get a lot of sleep last night due to multiple interruptions. Physical Therapy came in before breakfast this morning and worked with dad on a few exercises and dad was able to use the walker to walk around the room and he sat up in the chair for a few minutes. […]

October 30th, 2018 News 1 Comment

Overall Dad had a very good day. He and mom were able to get about five hours of uninterrupted sleep last night, and that alone does wonders for the body. The pain today has stayed consistently around an 7-8 with the occasional drop down to a 6. The only time of intensely severe pain was […]