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  1. We now begin some aggressive treatment starting off with bloodwork, lumbar puncture and then chemotherapy. You have probably seen that Kate has had several Lumbar Punctures and may not know what it is. Bloodwork results will get added to the calendar date for today. Good news is Dr.Yang said she is doing better and the bone marrow biopsy showed no signs of Leukemia but that doesn't mean its gone and it just means its not visible through the testing they are doing currently but they will continue to attack Leukemia via the scheduled treatment and in a few weeks they will do a test that checks the blood more closely to see if any Leukemia cells are present. He (Dr. Yang) mentioned the next few weeks are going to be very rough on Kate. Her blood counts are going to be at very very low numbers so she will definitely feel nauseous (which she doesn't like at all) and faint as well as very tired. She is getting introduced to several new medicines which I'll add here as soon as I have them. I mentioned to Kate that she can always catch up on sleep on the drive down or the drive back since its 75 miles to the doctor and 75 miles back. Saving grace is gas prices are down right now or we would be hurting more than we already are. Thank you for your prayers and support. They are working...
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    Week 5

    So I had kate to the front door about 9:50am and then went on my way to find a place to park. Every coffee place, breakfast place, dining.. everything is closed. No where to go so I tried to make myself comfortable in the 4Runner, moving around to make sure I didn't get a parking ticket. Trying to find free WiFi so I didn't rack up a bill using my phone as a hotspot so I could keep working. By noon kate called and said she was ready for me to pick her up and take her home. Good news is her White Blood Cell count is up to almost normal levels (3.1 when normal starts at 3.5 and goes to 10.6). So now they are going to go aggressive which we found out means two weeks of four times a week we must go to Detroit for chemo therapy then it will go down to three times a week for two weeks then a week off and repeat with 4x for two weeks and 3x for two weeks and week off. Also the chemo therapy drugs they will be using are different than in the past so we'll update you as we find out ourselves. For more info on bloodwork results and drugs given/used check out the calendar event.. that seems to be the best place to find that kind of information.
  3. This week the bills started rolling in. Thank goodness Steph setup that GoFundMe account or not sure how we would pay for it. Its rough when you count on two incomes to pay for everything and you lose that second income. We didn't/don't have the three months of income saved like everyone recommends you do. We still have bills that we were able to pay but we lived paycheck to paycheck with a little bit of wiggle room for going out or purchasing something like medicine cabinets for the house. So a solution is to sell whatever I can, reduce bills, start looking for coupons since food is roughly $400+ a month. Stop buying organic foods and dairy while we are broke. I am giving away my Can-Am Side by Side for what I owe so I can remove that payment. We'll see what else I can come up with... right now we are living partially on credit cards to make ends meet but we'll survive one way or another. Thank you to all that are helping support us and our fight.
  4. Current Medications Schedule of Events Bloodwork Results Pre-Drugs Chemo Treatment
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    Week 5

    We are now into Week 5 of the Treatment and this is a non-chemo week but tomorrow (Tuesday) they will still need to do a bone marrow biopsy. So far, now time off for Kate since Leukemia isn't taking any time off. So with every curve and punch cancer is dishing out to Kate she fights right back by taking the medicine, toughing through the bone marrow biopsies and lumbar punctures. She is noticing what was very easy for her to do is becoming more difficult like swallowing pills. She has to take so many that it's starting to wear on her. We also have been told that I can not go in with her due to this corona virus going around. So I must find a place that hasn't been shutdown to hang out. Probably be a parking lot. Will keep you all posted as I find out details myself.
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  7. It was a rough week for some reason. Kate has been super sore Monday and Tuesday feeling very nauseated and not comfortable at all. Queasy feeling. I had a hard time getting her to eat and drink which I feel was important since many different doctors and nurses all stressed how important drinking plenty of fluids is important. Good news is today (Wednesday) she is feeling a bit better and has an appetite.
  8. We are "suppose" to be on the last week of the Induction process. It's very very busy in the waiting room (more so than we have ever seen). Asking if she needs to continue the Bactrin prescription or not since she has a refill on the bottle so before we go get it refilled, making sure she needs to continue. Mentioning her ribs starting hurting Tuesday March 3rd, 2020.... 9:50am Kate got her blood work done (they are so busy so running behind schedule) 11:30am Kate got brought back for her Lumbar Puncture. 12:05pm Finished with Lumbar Puncture (kate is happy.. way better than before), now we wait an hour with her flat on her back with an IV drip of saline to hydrate her. She must drink lots of fluids (recommended caffeine to help her keep headache away)
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    Week 7 (Chemo Treatment)

    Current Medications cefepime IV drip for fever done antifungal: diflucan antibacterial: bactrin (last day 3/10/2020) antiviral: aciclovir steroid: prednisone potassium pills tylenol 3 for headache (replaced with fioricet) allopurinol for muric acid zofran for nauseous fioricet for headache colace (no longer needed) miralax (not needed yet) Schedule of Events for the day 08:30am KD HEM Lab (Bloodwork) 15min 09:30am IC Malignant Rituxan Bloodwork Results Potassium: Bilirubin(Liver Function): White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): Platelets (PLT 150-500): Pre-Drugs xx:xx pm Zofran IV drip (avg 30min) Chemo xx:xx pm Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion) xx:xx pm Vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion)
  10. Current Medications cefepime IV drip for fever done antifungal: diflucan antibacterial: bactrin (last day 3/10/2020) antiviral: aciclovir steroid: prednisone potassium pills tylenol 3 for headache (replaced with fioricet) allopurinol for muric acid zofran for nauseous fioricet for headache colace (no longer needed) miralax (not needed yet) Schedule of Events for the day 07:15am KD HEM Lab (Bloodwork) 15min 07:45am HEMONC Return Patient 08:30am IC Chemo Infusion 01:00pm Lumbar Puncture Bloodwork Results Potassium: Bilirubin(Liver Function): White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): Platelets (PLT 150-500): Pre-Drugs xx:xx pm Zofran IV drip (avg 30min) Chemo xx:xx pm Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion) xx:xx pm Vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion)
  11. Today Kate's brother Bill took the cut to support #k8strong. It was very emotional for kate since she didn't expect him to do it. Very cool Bill, very cool.
  12. Watching how my wife goes through the struggles while at the beginning stages of this fight against cancer, I want to support her. She feels so awkward loosing her hair due to the chemotherapy that I don’t want her or anyone fighting cancer to feel alone.
  13. So yesterday was a rough day for Kate as her hair loss is becoming very obvious as her hair is coming out in clumps. Probably the hardest part for Kate is loosing her hair. Beauty has always been what’s inside so hair doesn’t matter. Bald is beautiful
  14. Kate is feeling better today (fever is gone) but gets dizzy very easy when standing up. Hopefully we can get her back to normal before next round of chemo on Monday
  15. Got through the night without having to go to ER. The fevers, body aches, chills are part of the side effects of Kate taking Rutxan. Hoping for a better day
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