Charles Rheinhardt Charles Rheinhardt Update

First post: Nov 10, 2021 Latest post: Nov 18, 2021
Welcome to Charles “Chuck’s” CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated about Chuck’s journey as he looks to add beating Leukemia to his medical resume. 

We would like to share with you how we got here. On Sunday, November 7th Chuck was having some shortness of breath, fatigue and loss of appetite. For anyone that knows Chuck, not wanting to eat was a key indicator something was not right. So, after a quick assessment by Chuck’s nurse daughter-in-law, we identified Chuck to have low oxygen levels and an irregular heartbeat.  Combining this assessment with his symptoms, this bought Chuck a trip to the Concord Hospital Emergency Room.  After spending about 7 hours in the ER, the team at Concord arranged for Chuck to take a ride in an ambulance to Boston’s Brigham and Women’s hospital where he would be admitted to be treated for Acute Myeloid Leukemia. 

During Chuck’s first full day at Brighams he was seen by his new care team, and the diagnosis Concord sent him to Boston with was confirmed.  Tuesday, November 9th was spent having additional lab work performed, an echocardiogram and a Bone Marrow Biopsy.  The bone marrow biopsy is the key to determining what grade leukemia Chuck has, and what kind of chemotherapy Chuck will have.  The doctors described two different treatment paths. Chuck could follow with both having a plan that will require him to be in Boston for a minimum of 28 days once treatment starts.  We will share updates on this treatment plan once we know more. 

Overall everyone is in a bit of shock over this fast development but we are staying positive that Chuck’s diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia is a curable one.   We will plan to use this CaringBridge platform to try and keep everyone informed.  We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. 

 Thank you for visiting,
Nancy, Krista, Jeff, Brent, Megan, and the 5 grandsons WyTyMyKyRy 

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