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".

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Latest Update

Today has been okay. We had a few visitors after church today. Donald is pretty tired and his arm is swelling and hurting from one of the Chemo shots they gave him yesterday. They gave him a 6 unit bag of platelets today to try and get his platelets back up closer to normal. Hopefully that will help him with all of the bruising. He looks like he just lost a wrestling match.

We had a long night last night and Donald had me up at 2am after spilling a drink all over him and the bed because he fell asleep trying to drink it. I wheeled him downstairs and we went outside to the courtyard at 2:30 in the morning. It was wonderful. Donald really enjoyed getting out for a while. Later on, when we came back to the room, he spilled a full individual container of COLD chocolate milk all over him and the bed. Again, a result of falling asleep while drinking. LOL!!! He didn't find it very funny but for some reason I did. :) He laughed about it today.

He is getting a little stir crazy being cooped up in this little room all the time. We try to get out as much as he feels up to it but we have to be careful not to go out too much and we try to limit it to nights when everyone has gone home. It's beginning to wear on him a bit. He is ready to be home in his own bed for some uninterrupted sleep. He is hanging in there though. Some days are harder than others. He will be home before he knows it.

His blood sugar has began to climb again and they are trying to get it under control. It has been running in the high 300's to low 400's. He also had a chests X-Ray this morning to rule out any kind of infection such as pneumonia because he was wheezing and crackling in his chest. Thankfully the test came back clear.

As always, thank you all for praying for Donald. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. 

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