Journal 2018-02-24T15:04:44+00:00

June 2018

Short + Sweet…

By | June 10th, 2018|

Howdy #teammikey warriors! Quick update... I'm happy to report that Mike has been home from the hospital for a week!  He was discharged last Sunday morning!  I was grateful to be around to be able to help get him home  (Jenny's house) and settled before flying back to Indy.  He was elated to back with his stuff and Coop 🙂  He's feeling pretty good at this point - the TPN bag is helping keep nutrients flowing in to his system constantly, the nausea is fairly under control, he's hungry (WOOOT!!) and grazing on some real food throughout the day. [...]

May 2018

The Confounded Nausea Puzzle…

By | May 30th, 2018|

Alright, #teammikey.  Bear with me... Mike is back in the hospital.  The anti-nausea meds they put him on helped for a few days and he actually did get to eat a few slices of Monicals pizza!!!  Unfortunately, that didn't last long though and the nausea came creeping back in.  So, on the 21st we had him direct admitted to expedite some tests that we hoped would help nail down the cause(s) of his nausea issue.  He had another brain scan (still clear...Dr. Young actually said it looked even better than last month's scan) and he had a scope of [...]

Looking Ahead…

By | May 16th, 2018|

Hello all. Mike has been out of the hospital for a little over a week now and has set up shop at Jenny and Ryan's house.  He's doing alright...glad to be out of the hospital with the comforts of "home" around him (ie. Coop dog!), much less pain issues thanks to the pain pump doing it's thang, but still struggling with nausea to the point of not being able to really eat much at all. Yesterday he had an appointment with his oncologist, Dr. Young.  She believes the B-RAF is working based on good shrinkage of his mothership tumor...we'll [...]

Hard, hard news…

By | May 1st, 2018|

Mike was admitted to the hospital on Sunday, April 22nd with fever, nausea, vomiting and loads of pain - side effects from the immunotherapy infusion.  A 5-round course of radiation was ordered to target his main tumor, the mothership, on his back/shoulder which seems to be effecting it's composition.  Also while in the hospital, the doctors ordered a CT scan of his abdominal area to rule out any issues.  What the scan showed was not what any of us wanted to hear.  Numerous tumors had grown in his abdomen.   These were not pseudo tumors that sometimes show up [...]

April 2018

Fever Shmever…

By | April 18th, 2018|

Hi all. Mike had an appointment with his oncologist and completed his 3rd infusion on Monday of this week.  Dr. Young says his side effects, while totally sucky, are normal...which I suppose is what you want to hear, right?  Working on getting the right meds to get his pain under control.  One major side effect has been some all over arthritis and a lot of pain from his tumor and spine lesions which makes for some slow days getting up and at 'em.  He will have a PET scan coming up soon on May 7th.  Docs say it takes [...]

Amazing News…

By | April 11th, 2018|

You guys.  Are you sitting down?  Mike had a follow up brain scan done this morning at St. Dominic's to check up on things in his dome now that radiation is complete, chemo complete and is a few treatments in to his immunotherapy. HIS BRAIN IS CLEAR!!!!!!!!!!! Did you hear me just scream that at the top of my lungs all the way from Indiana?!?!  The lesions that were in his brain are GONE, minus one teeny tiny speck that the doc is fully confident will be on it's way outta there shortly.  Amazingness.  Treatment is working, killing off [...]

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