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rev.dennis last won the day on May 14 2020

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  1. Light at the end of the tunnel
  2. Latest update is Kate is doing better but she's not too happy that she is now having clumps of hair fall out. This is a repeat of it happening when she was getting chemo at the beginning of her treatment in 2020. Otherwise she has headaches which are subsiding (not as strong and painful as they were before). She doesn't have much energy but they are trying to get her to walk every day now. They changed up the pills which are playing havoc on her tummy and she really doesn't want to eat but the Wendy's frosty's are good. Hopefully next week she'll be able to come home. Alex should be done with COVID quarantine and Kate will come home. My next To Do is identify a company that can clean this house top to bottom to just give Kate's immune system a fighting chance. White blood count moved up to .2 which isn't a ton but we'll take our small wins when we can.
  3. 2021-08-25@8:12am An update from yesterday is Kate had some visitors (Steph and Syd) which I'm sure Kate really loved seeing. They were kind enough to swing by the house before going down so I could give them some clean clothes for Kate and her wedding rings which she took off for all the radiation she was getting last week. Kate also moved up to the 10th floor. Meanwhile back home our 11year old son Alex, got tested positive for COVID so now I'm on quarantine for 10-14 days along with both my boys. Alex is doing fine. He ran a fever a bit yesterday (Tuesday) but he seems fine. Both Monday and Tuesday he was super tired but he's doing better now. School called me and said to keep boys home and they'll email us when they can come back to school. Keri said she would make all the arrangements so the boys can do school remote while in quarantine status.
  4. 2021-08-23@8:15am Still a crap week for Kate in ICU at Karmanos in Detroit (Room 5223) but she is suppose to be moving sometime today back up to the Bone Marrow Transplant floor which is the 10th floor. They are waiting for two things first A room to become available Platelet Transfusion (yea platelets are still low) I asked the doctor when we should start seeing the new Bone Marrrow working and he said that it takes a couple weeks before we start seeing some activity. Something I forgot to ask is if her levels are so low because of all the chemo and radiation she had done. I'm sure the answer is yes but would like to hear it from the doctor to be sure.
  5. Friday 2021/08/20 Another day of horrible husband duties not being able to get down to her. We had someone at work that needed the day off so we were very very short staffed. Also had some kid duties I had to do as well as festival duties. Good news is Kate is done with radiation. She got the Bone Marrow Transplant at 3pm and last time we did FaceTime she seemed I good spirits. She said the transplant was very cold which they said the stem cells come fresh (the donor, if local would go to the floor where Kate is and they would take out the stem cells from the donor and immediately insert them into Kate but that’s not what happened) the second more common way is a donor that matches is in another state or too far to come to the hospital so they donate the bone marrow and it gets frozen and shipped to the hospital where they defrost it and insert it into Kate using an IV and from my understanding is it went into Kate pretty quick. They want her to walk around the protected floor and get the blood flowing. It gives her the best chance of this taking successfully.
  6. Thursday 2021/08/19 I'm unable to make it down to Detroit until Monday so Kate is already going through withdrawals (but can ya blame her) So she is still getting sick but last night around 11pm they moved her up back up to the 10th floor which she is VERY happy about. They are trying some different anti-nauseous medicine since what they are giving her isn't working.
  7. Back at Karmanos ICU (room 5222) Wednesday 2021/08/18@9:30am Kate is feeling queasy/light headed but we believe its because she is anxious about her first full body radiation. Her assigned nurse for today is Ashley which will travel wherever Kate goes. They are still worried about her blood pressure. They have confirmed infection is gone now the port is out and they gave her antibiotics. Her first full body radiation dose is scheduled for 10am and then another does this afternoon. Expected side effects are: Dry Mouth Sores in Mouth Skin Irritation Nauseous (Zofran and Adovan they use to treat the dizzy/nauseous) 08-18-2021@12pm Kate arrives back at the room after her first treatment of the day. She said they do 11minutes of radiation while she lays on her back and another 11minutes of radiation while she lays on her stomach. Now she is wiped out. She doesn’t really have an appetite but she had a lunch size bag of goldfish crackers and I got her a blue Gatorade (her favorite).
  8. Monday 8/16/2021 around 11am they started the nasty, strong chemo called VP-16 which tore kate up. She began her puking rally about an hour into it and every hour from noon to 6pm she was puking, then again at 9pm and 2am on Tuesday is the last time she puked but now she has the diarrhea which is horrible when you are hooked up to as much as she is. They warned us that one of the many side effects is getting the runs. ALERT Kate's blood pressure dropped to 75/40 and she developed a fever. They pulled a culture from her port and found that she has an affection. So they gave her antibiotics and moved her from the 10th floor to the 5th floor where they have an ICU for cancer patients only. Here they watch her vitals and check on her every 15minutes. Tuesday 8/17/2021 I'm down here early since I know yesterday was super tough on her. I brought her another ice cold coke to find out she can't have anything to eat or drink since they are trying to squeeze Kate into IR to get the port in her chest removed which is what is causing the infection. I was just told in the last 30min (around 10:30am) from Kristin the nurse that the blood culture they just took showed negative so the antibiotics worked on killing the infection but they want the port out anyhow. The Bone Marrow Transplant doctor (Dr. Uberti) came in to check on Kate and said that we really wants to continue the treatment plan but her blood pressure has to stay up in the healthy numbers without the drugs she is getting now to raise her blood pressure which is hanging in around 102/50 at 11am and thats after they reduced the amount of blood pressure medicine she's getting to increase it. Also the doc wants her infection gone and is a proponent of removing the port as well. So many doctors are coming in. Kates platelets are very low so she’ll be getting a platelet transfusion so when they remove the port from her chest it will clot. 8/17/2021@4pm Kate received a bag of platelets and is now heading down to surgery to get the port removed from her chest which they believe to be the cause of her infection. While getting surgery she’ll be getting another bag of platelets. Right now they are guessing surgery will be about 30minutes but it’s a guess. 08/17/2021@5pm Kate is back in her room. Not too bad of a scar
  9. So we were originally told by our liaison that they would call us around noon since they won't have a room available until after 1 or 2pm on Sunday but to our surprise we got called early Sunday morning to come on down. Kate and I rushed to get ready and everything loaded. Luckily we did most of the prep yesterday (Saturday). We got her settled into her room on the 10th floor in the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit. The 10th floor is reserved for only Bone Marrow Transplant patients. They explained the entire floor has a Hepa filtration system but everyone is required to wear a mask except the patients while in their rooms. As soon as she leaves the room she needs to wear a mask. She is assigned a very polite and nice nurse named Victoria. Room is big and has lots of room. We moved her in and made sure she knows where everything is. I went and got her some Chicken Nuggets from the only place open here which is Wendy's.. then picked her up an ice cold can of Coke (her favorite). Headed back home around 6pm since visitors hours are between 8am-6pm She is allowed two visitors per day (from my understanding)
  10. First I have to apologize for the lack of updates I have not been providing for any of your following this. So much is going on in our world that unfortunately the blog is one of the first things that gets lost. So within the last month Kate got a Bone Marrow Biopsy at the beginning of May and just last Wednesday she got the very painful Lumbar Puncture. She has had the Lumbar Punctures before but it didn't whoop her ass like it did this time. She was throw up sick and fevers for about three days but she is doing better now. We have been pretty firm on the not doing the COVID vaccine since Kate's platelets are so low but her doctor (Dr. Yang) insists that she either get the vaccine or die if she gets COVID. Well that sales pitch got Kate and I to go get the Pfizer Vaccine from Kroger. We had to drive to Clarkston (about 40min) to get the Pfizer vaccine since the reviews we read its the safer of the choices and Pfizer is the only one offered to kids which made me feel better about going with the Pfizer Vaccine. Yesterday (Sunday) we got our second shot and Kate was very warm but no fever. I got diarrhea around 5am this morning which was around 4 trips between 5-6 but other than that no idea even got the shot. I purchased a couple of different things to help raise Kate's platelets up naturally in hopes it would help prepare her for this Bone Marrow Transplant currently scheduled for the beginning of August.
  11. Kelsey has been one of Kates best friends since she was very young. Kelsey has started a fund raiser which you can see below. Her website is https://KelseyCrafts.com to order and get more information.
  12. Here are the factory settings from a default CentOS 7 box default_profile_centos7.txt
  13. Turns out the dnf has changed the way it deals with proxies. If you’re using a basic proxy authentication then you need to specify it: vi /etc/dnf/dnf.conf # proxy settings proxy=http://proxy.domain.com:3128/ proxy_username=username proxy_password=password proxy_auth_method=basic
  14. We tried so many mattresses. Donating our old mattress that isn't worn out to someone who needs it. Donation Centers: (Salvation Army) - www.satruck.org (Goodwill) - http://www.goodwill.org/ (Donation Town) - http://www.donationtown.org/donation-pick-up.html (Habitat for Humanity) - http://www.habitat.org/restores (Bye Bye Mattress Recycling) - www.byebyemattress.com
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