Dan is in the hospital and is not currently doing very well. We arrived on Saturday November 30 at Roper St Francis hospital (west Ashley, Charleston). He had some elevated blood levels and some very low ones. A lot of confusion and just feeling not very well. After many tests, his cancer has not moved to anywhere else in his body and the original tumor is somewhat larger. He has received 2 units of blood and that seemes to be enough for now. (if you can give blood, please do, you do not know how important this precious gift is until you need it. See earlier posts on facebook and Julie's efforts to find a way to help, remember you can donate anywhere). Dan has not recieved chemo for over five weeks as the biggest quality of life issue became the ulcer just below his tailbone (this has been a problem since July) Dr Ellison felt that the "wound" would heal better without the harsh effects of chemo. We have meet with some of the best doctors and have had the care of some very extraordinary nurses , still he continues to not feel well. At this point we are trying to get him breathing better, they put in a permanent chest tube yesterday to drain off the fluid in his left lung ,and we are trying to manage his pain from the ulcer and now the chest tube area. Dan is really wanting to go home and we are all working toward this goal.
Jack turned Three and face book helped us feel like we were there.
We celebrated our second anniversary in the "new" house
Capers turned ONE, where did that year go! We had a really fun birthday party at the Teddy Bear Castle (aka our house)
October brought our 20th wedding anniversary, we renewed our wedding vows on the beach with about 60 witnesses, we had a wonderful "pig pickin'". It was a wonderful day and I think there was more water on the beach than in the ocean, not a dry eye anywhere.
We traveled to Rochester whereDan was inducted in the the Rochester Institute of Technology founders club . He was the first graduate of the class industrial engineers. It was quite an honor and a great tribute.
He was the first graduate of the class industrial engineers. It was quite an honor and a great tribute. While we were in Rochester we had dinner at the restaurant where got married. It was a wonderful week end and great to spend time with the "northern" kids and Jack. What a joy.
I guess that is about all the energy i have for tonight, We continue to know that you are praying for our whole family and keeping us in your thoughts.