Sunday, October 18, 2009

Home Again

Yesterday around noon I left the hospital.  What a beautiful fall day on which to finally get a breath of fresh air.  I got to spend a couple hours in a chair on the front lawn watching the boys play and enjoying great fall colors around the neighborhood.  A nice reprieve from a week in the hospital.

We were told by Dr. Grossmann going into last week that the side effects from the IL2 would set in quicker the second time around.  And true to his word, I started feeling rather poorly from the first dose.  Thanks to a great medical staff and their attention, I received the first 8 doses on schedule (one dose every eight hours).  After dose eight, the nurses and the doctor felt it best to wait for a bit.  We ended up skipping two scheduled doses and then Thursday afternoon receiving my ninth dose, which would be my last.  This dose packed the most punch.  A couple of close friends that happened to stop by for a visit that night got to see me at my worst, but also helped immensely by being there.  Thanks to a good nights sleep (thanks to an ambien sleeping pill), by Friday morning I was feeling much better.  Friday was a day for monitored recovery and then I was released to go home on Saturday.

Now we wait for a bit.  We won't know what the next treatment step will be until after I have CT scans done the first week of November.  These scans will show us whether or not the treatment is being successful, i.e. tumor is reducing in size.  If the IL2 is working, then it is likely we are in for a couple more rounds of the same.  If it isn't we'll consider other options. 

Special thanks to go out to all those who took care of the kids so that Allison could spend time at the hospital.  And continual thank to everyone's thoughts, expressions, and prayers of support, they mean more than we can ever say.

6 comments:

Bethany Christensen said...

Ben- I am glad you had great weather this weekend and hooray for ambien! I hope you have a nice break from treatment. We will all be hoping and praying for good news with your next scans.
Bethany

Sarah said...

I am so glad that you are home with your family. You are constantly in our thoughts and we hope that you are able feel better in the next few days. My prayers will continue for you and Allison.

amy said...

I second Bethany by saying hooray for ambien! That is great stuff when you need it. And, hooray that you have another round of IL2 behind you. So glad that you are home now. Thanks for the update. We are always anxious to hear how you are doing. We love you guys.
Amy & John

ghd3 said...

Thank you for the update Ben. Sounds like a tough week, but one that you weathered well. You've been in our thoughts and we appreciate the news. Hope to speak soon....

Courtney said...

Thank you for the update....I am continually amazed at your strength and perseverance. I love you and am praying for you!

Whitney said...

Reading and keeping updated on your health. I am sending you warm wishes of health and strength. Blessings to Al and the kids. You are one tough dude. I am glad you have a network of help and support. All my love to your entire family.