This last cycle (6) definitely had it's share of ups and downs. Towards the end of last weekend (6/28) Lee was feeling increased fatigue and tightness on the left side of his chest. His doctor recommended he be admitted to the Emergency Department at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. After meeting with one of the cardiologists, he shared that chemo treatments can wreak havoc on the heart and they continued to monitor the blood levels for the next 24 hours.
Unfortunately, his blood pressure continued to rise, which was major cause for concern. By Tuesday, blood tests revealed Lee had elevated counts of enzymes which indicated evidence of a heart attack titled NSTEMI (non-STE myocardial infraction). After waiting the day for an angiogram, it was confirmed that the left artery was blocked, and they inserted a stent that evening. Lee was awake for the procedure and said he felt better instantly.
After consultation with his doctor (Dr. Higgins), she said that it was best Lee go home and rest from the procedure before starting cycle 7. This meant he would be able to be home for the 4th!
We enjoyed a great holiday weekend doing all of Lee's favorite things: marshmallow roasting, water skiing (just the kids of course :) ), boat driving, eating corn on the cob, and just being together as a family.
Continued prayers and blessings as we move to cycle 7 on July 13th!