16 February 2010

Fail/Pass

From Fail to Pass, just inside the parameter, Ford's INR today was a 2.0.

Slowly, slowly he is making his way back up to where his levels need to be. For that we are grateful.

The next check will be in 2 weeks.

Ford has also taken on a new challenge. For at least two days of the week during his workout time, he is running. He has set some pretty challenging physical goals for the next several months. He has a proven ability to discipline himself to attain whatever he sets out to do.
It will be exciting to see him achieve his goals.

Tomorrow, 17 February, will mark the one year anniversary of his first chemo treatment. Subsequently, the 18th marks the anniversary of one of the most frightening days of my life, the day his sodium dropped dramatically and he had a seizure. He has no memory of that day or the events of the four days that followed while he was in ICU. That is probably a good thing.

We are both grateful that those days are over and that he is doing remarkable well.

09 February 2010

On the Way Up

Ford's 2.0 INR may not have been a short term success. The drop to 1.3 actually may have been a short term drop. Today his INR was back up to a 1.9. Woo hoo!

While on vacation, Ford did not drink his usual amount of water and was a bit dehydrated. And there was a miscommunication about nutritional supplements. Apparently a few small adjustments can make all the difference.

05 February 2010

Short Term Success

Ford was able to get a decent night's sleep last night. However, he failed his INR test this morning. The drop was significant enough (1.3) that it is being deliberated whether or not to add a Lovenox shot today. Other factors being questioned are whether his blood thinner is name brand or generic and whether any change in diet has affected his levels.

We will know when the doctor has time to look over the situation and make a decision.

04 February 2010

Sleep Solution

One residual effect of chemo has been that many times Ford has a difficult time falling asleep at night. We have tried many different things but nothing has worked all the time.

We finally found something that allowed him to go to sleep and stay asleep: Vacation.

I have not seen him look so relaxed and at ease for quite some time as I did on our short trip to Texas. The very first night Ford went right to sleep and slept for almost 9 hours. Then he also took 2 naps during the day. Wow! The only night he had trouble sleeping was the last night of our vacation when he new we would have to be getting up early to get everything packed and get off to the airport.

BTW: It is very disappointing to anticipate warm Texas weather only to find that a cold front was blowing through and it was actually warmer in Provo than it was in Texas! But we had a good time in spite of that.
I loved being back in Texas and found myself yearning to spend more time. Many of the places we visited brought back tons of memories of growing up in South Texas.