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Henry’s Story

Welcome to Henry's CaringBridge site. I've created it to keep friends and family updated about Henry's treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

P.S. We hate cancer and hope you feel the same.

Latest Journal Update

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Hi Friends,
For the first time in a long time there really isn't anything negative to report on Henry's condition!  Of course, he's still dealing with the usual suspects of bladder and lung problems but the doctors are happy with his progress,  those conditions are under control and improving a bit more each day.  His blood counts are looking great and he's even starting to make his own lymphocytes which will be very helpful fighting off virus.  His pain medication and immunosuppressive medication are slowly being weaned down with no problems so far.  Tomorrow we will try to clamp his bladder irrigation off all day to see how he does without any irrigation.  So far the two and four hour trials we've done have gone just fine.  We're taking baby steps towards removing the catheters with these trials, hopefully it all goes smoothly and we can get those pesky tubes out soon.
Henry woke up in a great mood this morning he started off at 6 AM wanting to watch some You Tube videos, then out of the blue demanded some watermelon!   I was very shocked as he hasn't had a thing to eat in 72 days so all I could reply with was "watermelon?".  He was prompt to reply, "Yes, that's food...with seeds!".  Well, finding watermelon in Minneapolis at the end of October before dawn is something of a challenge so he agreed to settle for strawberries.  He ate three of those without getting sick. A bit later Grandpa and Grandma Quick brought in some blueberries after their own unsuccessful watermelon hunt, he ate five of those with no problem. Finally at lunch time Grandpa and Grandma found and delivered some watermelon,  his face lit right up as he reached out for the dish, it was the happiest I'd seen him look in a long time. He really must have wanted some watermelon bad!  He ate a few pieces of that along with a couple blackberries, still no nausea!  With any luck, his tummy will keep on cooperating and his appetite will continue to improve.  More days like today would be a welcome relief for us all!
Ryan




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April Rodgers
By April Rodgers
I'm weeping! Never was so happy to hear someone wanted watermelon. Do you know it has serious nutritional value? Go, Henry!
George Ham
By George Ham
Ohhhhhh, This is the best news for so long. Thank God for Grandpa and Grandma Quick. I pray that these improvements continue. Give Henry a hug and Kiss from Grandpa and Grandma Ham.
Julie Roundtree
By Julie the Tree in Parks
This is great news! Wonderful for watermelon and anything else that sounds good for Henry! Great job Henry on those baby steps.....you'll be up and running in no time! Yea for team Henry's support crew!
Lynne Osborn
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Hooray for watermelon! and Hooray for Grandpa and Grandma Quick! This made me laugh this morning!! And Happy Halloween!!
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Mary Sandbulte
By Mary Sandbulte
This is such great news, Henry! Glad to hear you are getting your appetite back. Blessings to you all!
Gail Deckert
By Gail
HURRAH! So grateful that things are finally turning around!
Karen Ebeling
By Karen Ebeling
Way to go, Henry!!!!!
Connie Conklin
By Aunt Connie & Uncle Bob Conklin
How exciting! Henry's enthusiastic about food... and... keeping it down! You just made my day! He's lucky to have Grandma Bonnie & Grampa Russ running his errands. I think they'd drive to the ends of the earth to put a smile on his face.
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Cindy Moegenburg
By Cindy Moegenburg
So good to hear that his appetite is returning! Keep it up Henry!
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Arnie & Mary Lou Lusch
By Arnie & Mary Lou Lusch
Good for you Henry. We hope you can eat a lot things that you want to soon..
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