My Kryptonite

Hi my name is Brandy and my fiance is Donald Fitzgerald. As most of you know Donald has been dubbed "Superman" and for good reason. Donald was diagnosed with ALL (leukemia) when he was 13 years old and relapsed when he was 18. He was cured of this cancer and has gone almost 13 years cancer free. During this time, he has undergone 2 hip replacements and a partial shoulder replacement due to the high doses of steroids he had to take. Then, on March 24th 2011, 3 months after his 32nd birthday, we got the devastating news that the cancer had come back. We are now at UMC about to undergo the long process of Chemo once again. He will have to stay in the hospital for a minimum of 30 days for the initial treatment. He is strong and will beat this once again but we need everyone's prayers. God is in control and there is nothing out of his hands. As someone posted once on facebook "The deals not done until God's done dealing".



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Another Long Night

Donald didn't sleep very well last night. Despite all of the medication they are giving him he is still anxious. The storm that blew in last night didn't help matters any. It was like someone was standing outside our window with a strobe light. One of the nurses said that rain was coming into some of the rooms on the other hall. His blood levels are back up again this morning so he will not have to get blood products today. Nuclear Medicine came up this morning and drew his blood for the Tagged WBC Scan. They should be back around noon to inject the stained cells back into his line and then do the scan around noon tomorrow. Hopefully this will give us some answers because his chest doesn't seem to be getting any better. It is still very red and swollen. I wish there was something I could do to ease his pain. I hate seeing him lying there suffering. He has been trying to sleep but we have had a student nurse all morning and he is in and out of the room. He is doing a great job though. He will make a great nurse. It has been a pretty uneventful morning so far. Hoping it stays that way so maybe he can rest. 

1 comment:

  1. Your very presence Brandy, and the sacrifices you are making, and they are great, are helping Donald weather this very difficult time. It is tremendously difficult to watch a loved one suffer so much. God grant the courage, strength, and perseverance for both of you. Keep placing everything in His hands, as you have done, and keep doing.
    I know Donald is probably full of medication as it is, but I wonder if more can be done medically or pharmaceutically to ease that anxiety. It might even speed the healing process too.

    With continued prayers