Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday April 21, 2010

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! John completed his radiation and he had a great turnout of friends and family for his graduation!! A photo will be posted as soon as I get it from those with the camera's. We are still staying in Santa Monica to be close to UCLA for a couple of weeks while John gets some IV hydration three times a week and starts to regain some strength. He is still very tired, grumpy and feeling miserable but seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.. Stay tuned for that ever so wonderful graduation photo!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday April 16th 2010

Can't remember all that has happened since the last post. I know John had some great visits from SFD pals. Even though he could not talk long he really appreciates the visits. A bunch of them did get a glimpse of Jennifer Aniston walking from her car to the entrance of the Casa del Mar across the street from our apartment. She was filming a movie with Adam Sandler. Apparently, there has been quite a bit of filming going on around here.

John had a bit of a low after all the visitors left. He became extremely tired and had a few more side effects from the chemo and radiation. He is now done with chemo, after his 12th dose this last Tuesday!! He is very excited about that. He should have been done with the radiation yesterday but finish date was postponed until this coming Monday, the 19th. He is PSYCHED about that for sure. He is still getting IV hydration three times a week for the next two weeks before we head home.

It's been a long haul but the light at the end of the tunnel is now right in front of us. If all goes as expected, we will be headed home on May 2nd. After that it's rehab for John to start eating and regaining his weight and strength. We have follow up appointments with radiation and chemo oncologists towards the end of May. After that, we wait three months for the first PET Scan after treatment to make sure the docs, machines and drugs beat the beast!! We thank you again for all your continued support and can't wait to see everyone back in Stockton.

Stay tuned for a picture of John's graduation from radiation on Monday!!!

Elaine and John

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sunday April 4th, 2010

Happy Easter Everyone. We've had an OK rest of the week. My Aunt is here visiting and helping a bunch. John has had some nice visits from friends Pat, Brian, and Todd. Johnny, Niclole and Cooper paid us a nice visit too.

John is feeling alot more tired and isn't able to talk or visit much. Friday and Saturday evenings he had a bit of a fever that put me in a panic. He was able to get it back to normal with Tylenol, rest, and drinking fluids. Only nine more days of radiation treatment and two more Chemo Tuesdays to go so hopefully he will stay strong enough to avoid getting sick or needing a feeding tube.

The mouth sores and pain continue to be a challenge for him getting enough nutrition but he is still getting by. John is so looking forward to having the treatment behind him and getting back to Stockton and some normalcy. Looking forward to seeing everyone when we get back.

I forgot to mention John is quite the texter now, so his new nickname is "Dexter". Feel free to send him a text anytime. As always, thank you for your continued support.

Elaine and John