Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It has been another long day. We left about 7:15 a.m. to head to the hospital to start Tanner's next round of chemo and didn't leave there until after 3:00 p.m. They hung a bottle of chemo meds this morning that took about four hours to run and then we waited an hour for them to bring in some other meds and they ran for another hour - and in the meantime they hooked him back up on the bag of chemo meds that he just carries with him overnight. Looks like he's going to get a LOT of medicine this go around.

His hair was driving him crazy and even as short as it was, it was falling out all over his t-shirt. After we left the hospital and stopped for lunch, he saw a Sports Clips and wanted to go in and have them buzz the rest of the hair off.

They don't "shave" heads at Sports Clips but they buzzed it right down to his skull then put him under the water and really worked the scalp and most of the rest of the hair came out. He told me I could shave the rest off of his head when we got back to the apartment and I told him Dr. Barlogie would get me if I cut his head and he got an infection.

I'm a little nervous about how sick he might get taking this many medications on this round of chemo. Today, he would do really well for a while, and then he would get pale and you can tell he just feels wiped out.

I just gave him his "evening" handful of pills and he told me he was really tired of all the pills. I told him I was sorry but they are necessary to his recovery. I think the one he hates the most is one he has to put in his mouth and let dissolve - and unfortunately that's the one he has to take four times a day.

We go back to 7C again at 8:00 a.m. in the morning. The nurse said we shouldn't have to be there so long tomorrow since they only have to hang two bags of medicine. Each one should take about an hour to run. That most likely means, at a minimum, we will be there three hours.

The girls at Great Clips were very sweet to Tanner and cut his hair, massaged his scalp, and gave him a shoulder massage. They said he needed a little pampering! I think he really enjoyed it!!


  1. I'm sorry you have to endure the long days at the hospital, just keep thinking that this is just a speed bump in your life. Let them do all they can to fix this and you remember you have a long, full life ahead of you. Stay strong for this round of chemo. You have done an outstanding job so far, I have told you this before but you and Ang both are true inspiration to all of us ! I have told all my coworkers and friends about your good news yesterday and the blessing of reciving that check and it truly brings tears to strangers eyes. You have so many people in your corner its amazing!!! I love and miss you both.

  2. Tannerboy, you won't have to take those pills for long.....they are making you well so try to focus on that each time you have to down them. Angela, has anyone told you lately that you are an amazing woman!!! You just took the "tiger" by the tail and got it done. I appreciate all that you are doing and all you have done. A lot of people would have just rolled over and become immobilized during a crisis of this type. When I think of all that you have endured during your short life it boggles my mind. I believe it is time for you to get a BIG break in life.
    Tannerboy, it won't be much longer and you will get to come home and hang out with the family and your friends. I will see you soon. We love you, Granny and Pop