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".
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Very Long Day
We have not had a very good day today. The Doctor prescribed a muscle relaxer for Donald but it didn't help at all. He also ordered a bag of platelets because his count was just under the limit. Not long after the platelets were administered Donald started hurting worse than before. He also developed a red area on his chest. As the day went on the pain just got worse. We had the nurse call the on call doctor because the pain had become intolerable and his pain meds were not doing anything to relieve the pain. The doctor came in and at this point the reddened area had spread and had begun to swell. The doctor has now ordered the PICC line not be used and they had to get an IV started on his other arm to administer antibiotics because he now has what they believe is an infection. The doctor would like to keep the PICC line in until the blood cultures come back so that he can possibly keep it but they are not sure at this point if that is the best thing to do. He has had his first round of antibiotics and was given something for pain. He is now resting and hopefully he will be able to stay asleep for the majority of the night. The doctor said he infection sight should begin to clear up by tomorrow. We now just have to wait for the blood cultures to come back so that we can see what we are dealing with. On a brighter note, we had a few visitors today which brightened his spirits regardless of the pain. Well I guess I'm off to bed now. Praising God for all of the blessings he has bestowed on us and praying for a restful night and healing for Donald.