This is Amy, Jerry and Judy s youngest daughter. My sister, brother and I will be posting updates on Dad. Here's where we are. ..
Dad has been feeling tired and losing weight the last couple of months. We assumed these symptoms were heart related with his heart history - triple bypass surgery 25+ years ago. After making sure that his heart was healthy, the doctors discovered that his white blood cell count was elevated and he was referred to a hematologist-oncologist. The appointment with the hematologist-oncologist was yesterday, March 14, 2016. This doctor again took blood and Dad s white blood cell numbers were up from a few days before. At that point it was determined that he has Acute Leukemia (Cancer of the blood). Basically, Acute means it comes on quickly. They admitted him to St.Francis Hospital in Wichita immediately and scheduled a Bone Marrow biopsy. The biopsy was done yesterday and we will have the results tomorrow, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Those results will tell the doctors which type of Acute Leukemia he has and that will determine the course of treatment.
At this point we know that he will be in the hospital for around 3 weeks. Acute Leukemia is a fast growing cancer. The protocol is to do intense in-patient chemo for approximately a week which will wipe out his immune system and kill those cancer cells. The doctors and nurses at St. Francis will monitor him and keep him away from any infections while his immune system repairs itself.
Mom arranged for Anointing of the Sick yesterday. Dad happened to know the priest who performed the sacrament. OF COURSE HE DID! He knows everyone!
So we will know more tomorrow morning and chemo will start tomorrow. At this point, visitors are allowed but please call before visiting. He loves phone calls and would love to talk. Just don t call during the Wichita State game!
Either I, Carol or Greg, our spouses or Erin will be with Mom and Dad for the next 3-4 weeks. Please send prayers our way. If you pray specifically, pray that Dad keeps that crazy sense of humor thru treatment and recovery and that Mom continues with her get it done attitude.
It s going to be a long hospital stay looking at those hospital walls. If you like to send a card or anything to help decorate his walls, you can send it to the house address as we will be back and forth. 5100 E. 30th Ave, Hutchinson, KS 67502. Also, you can leave messages on this website and we will make sure Mom and Dad receive them.