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Team Rick Plesuk
10/12/2016 Latest post:
Rick went to the doctor for a general checkup in 2014. His lab results online showed his White Blood Cells were abnormally high, around 48,000. Normal range for an adult is 4,000-11,000. On September 24, his 40th birthday, we saw the Dr. and they said he has Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. This is not curable (yet) but treatable. He will need treatment for life. He will have regular blood tests and care to treat and monitor his Leukemia. He has been in the watch and wait stage for the last two years. He has had Dr. appointments every 3 months to see how he is doing. November of 2015 he was in the hospital for 4 days with pneumonia, but other than that he has been at home. His doctor wants to begin treatment for his White Blood cells are now 111,000 and he has swollen lymph nodes, but the Dr. thinks this is the optimal time to begin the chemo regimen . He will have chemotherapy for the next six months starting the Oct 19th. Tomorrow, Oct 11th, he will have a port placement and Friday we meet with the Medical Education nurse to go over his treatment plan and learn all about his care. Rick's symptoms include fatigue, weakness and temperature fluctuations. He is currently not in pain. We believe that prayer is the best way to support us right now. We have no idea what to expect or what are needs will be. We will post as needs arise. Rick has such a positive attitude and is handling this all very gracefully. He doesn't like a lot of attention drawn to himself for that makes him uncomfortable. He continues to work and be an involved husband and Dad.