Friday, March 6, 2009

Quite the Fighter

Jayme has battled this cancer with sheer guts and determination. And never has that been more apparent than this week, at least since Wednesday evening.

He completed his 28th and final radiation treatment on Wednesday, but was very weak and dehydrated. After consulting with his radiologist and oncologist, it was mutually decided to admit him to the hospital in an attempt to resolve some of his debilitating side effects. In hindsight, that turned out to be a pretty good decision, possibly life-saving. Early Thursday morning around 1:00 am Jayme's blood pressure plummeted to a dangerously low level and he was transferred to Intensive Care. After an hour in ICU they were able to stabilize him. When I arrived at 2:30 am he was resting comfortably. Indeed a scary night for all involved.

Since then they have discovered his white blood count had bottomed out and his platelets were low. Their main concern was infection since his immune system was compromised. He has been given fluids, antibiotics, a platelet transfusion, etc. He is provided constant attention by his nurse and his vitals are closely monitored 24/7. He has four specialists on his case and they seem to have a well-coordinated treatment plan in place.

It's been a bit up and down since Wednesday, but I truly believe the worst is behind him. I just spoke to his ICU nurse and he is having a restful evening. I have been with him during the day, but they don't encourage visitors at night. They believe he will be in ICU through the weekend, then moved to a regular room.

I will try to keep the blog updated more often while he is hospitalized.

I love my family and friends. You have provided me with much needed comfort and support, especially these past few days. I thank you all!


  1. You write very well, Kay, and I don't know where you find the time and energy to do it, but I think I speak for all the followers of this blog when I say thank you for keeping us updated. The difficulty of this whole thing is beyond my comprehension, and when you get through to the other side, it will be a wonderful achievement to have Jayme back as his most annoying self. Woohoo!

  2. Jayme and Kay, I just figured out how to do this blog thing but you've been in my thoughts and prayers since the beginning. Thank you for keeping us all updated. Jayme, I know your strong and positive spirit will get you though this. Don't forget that you, Kay and the kids are all surrounded by love and happy thoughts.

  3. Kay,
    Thanks for staying on top of Jayme's health and keeping us up to date on the highs and lows. I know it must be scary for you. We're keeping both of you in our prayers.

  4. Kay: I have always had a lot of Love and Respect for you and it's a garenteen that Jamey really did marry up, way up. We will do every thing in our power to get you that SPA treatment on the back side of all this nightmare, can you smell the mud now? Let me know when it would be the most helpful for my trip up north to be some help, any where, any time! Kay I Love and pray for your strenth, #6

  5. I've always known you were a strong person, but this latest blog proves it to be more evident. Your family is always in my prayers and I'm happy to help in anyway I can.