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Saturday, December 24, 2011

{A Woman's Work}

Pardon me, but this will be somewhat of a long post while I do some catch up here!!

Adam is doing good! We got home, got settled in and had a few set-backs. Adam, Mr. Independant, felt he could take on his home-care on his own which resulted in not eating / drinking enough and then taking his meds on an empty stomach. This resulted in some nausea and throwing up - so we immediately re-grouped and I informed him he is not allowed to do this so independantly! My Dad came over on the 22nd and buzzed Adam's hair for us. He looks good!! And when his hair starts thinning / falling out, it won't be nearly as pronounced and hopefully he won't get too itchy. He still has the beard, and is looking very distinguished these days!

Adam had his follow-up appointment this past Friday at OHSU where he received his 10min. dose of Chemo (the Bleomycin) and then about 45min. of fluids. While doing this, we were able to meet with both the Pharmacist and the Social Worker. They were able to help us get a better understanding of Adam's medications and how to use the ones labeled "as needed" so that we can stay on top of Adam's symptoms before they become a problem! The Social Worker was a huge help in working with the both of us to address the stress and overwhelming part of handling Adam's diagnosis. I think our biggest challenges since leaving the hospital are making sure Adam is drinking enough so that we can keep his Kidneys from being affected by the Cis-Platinum part of the chemo, and making sure he is eating a balanced diet (one can only eat so much Lipton Soup!) so that his body isn't struggling even more! Otherwise, he is still in good spirits and has been a lot more active since coming home which I thinks makes a HUGE difference when trying to get back into  a "normal" routine!

Many have asked how I am doing, and I want to assure you that I am doing OK. Yes, this isn't the ideal situation but we are very blessed and extremely fortunate for the amazing friends, family and faith that have surrounded us during this incredibly challenging time!! My beautiful, amazing, and incredibly selfless Mother had a stroke yesterday. I happened to be the one who called and felt she was talking weird and rushed over to find her in a distressing situation. I took her to the ER where it was confirmed that she had a minor stroke. So while I was in the hospital with Olivia waiting for family to get there to help support my Dad so that I could get home to Adam and the girls, I couldn't help but think how fortunate we have been that I am no longer working so that I could be home to take care of everyone! I just wish there was something more I could do...I feel a little helpless at the moment!We appreciate all the love and support that have been shown to us...Love to you all!


  1. Tiffany, I bet your family cannot think of anyone better to prop them up than you.
    I personally like tapioca pudding when my appetite is down- okay, maybe its an aquired taste. maybe the girls can come vist Adam and say "drink with me", you know fathers and their daughters.
    Hope tomorrow is wonderful!

  2. Hang in there. Thoughts and prayers to your entire family!

  3. Thanks for the update. Adam really does look nice with a buzz! :) He has such great hair that maybe you wouldn't think so, but he sure does. I am glad that you guys are doing relatively well. I'm so sorry about your mom, but you are absolutely right--at least you don't have a job to worry about right now. What an amazing turn of events. You are all in my prayers! xoxo