Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Silliness in the ICU

Today was a pretty good day for my Dad. He has now completed his first four treatments (out of a possible 14). The side effects of the treatments are that they make you feel like you have a very bad flu. Today, Dad has some nausea and the chills, both of which the nurse helped him get under control by adding certain meds to his I.V. The doctor came and checked his vitals this morning, and he seemed pleased. He said that the average patient who undergoes this treatment is able to endure about 7 doses. My Dad told the doctor that wouldn't be enough. He plans to take all 14. He is such a fighter.

I told him today how proud I am of him and his courage. He said it wasn't about courage, that it was his only choice if he wants to beat the cancer. I told him that he is choosing to fight for his life, and that is very courageous. I really am proud of him.

My dear friend Kelly put together a fun care package for my sister and me full of things to help make our week hanging out in the hospital more comfortable and fun. Included in her care package were these lovely lollipop lips, which provided some fun entertainment for us today.

Thank you for your prayers and support! We so appreciate them.


Don Boscoe said...

Good to hear your dad is doing well. And i agree...when i worked in the hospital as a wound care technician i use to wear fun lips into patients rooms...some of the older ones with bad eyesight got a little freaked out, but most of them thought it was quite fun.

Jenn said...

Dad is very brave! And you guys are funny. Keep up the good spirits!

Autumn's Mom said...

Love the teeth! Humor is the best medicine! Keeping you and your Dad in my prayers :)

Queen, III said...

I'm glad to hear your Dad is in good spirts! Thanks for keeping us posted!

Lotus Reads said...

I am very happy to have discovered your blog. My father-in-law also has cancer but as we live 12,000 miles away (he lives in India) we feel awful that we can't assist him on a day-to-day basis.

I will include your dad in my prayers, please be assured of that.