Monday, November 5, 2007

Day 18 of Induction protocol

Dale continues to move forward with his chemotherapy regimen. He has completed the series of leg shots with the Erwinia. He received a total of 13 shots into the thighs. The shots were painful but he iced his thighs before the shots which seem to help more than the numbing cream (lidocaine cream). A week ago on Oc. 29th, Dale's platelets dropped to 16,000 so he received another unit of platelets. If you were donor number 8132443, Dale reveived your platelets. (Thank you !) From what we've have heard, many very generous people have gone down to UCLA to donate blood and platelets for Dale. We can't tell you how much we appreciate your time, help and support. As of 11/2 his platelets were still 82,000. His white count had dropped to 0.8 and ANC - 300. He is neutropenic but this also means that the chemo is doing its job. Hgb - 9.2 . He will continue to receive i.v. vincristine and oral steroids (prednisone) for the next 2 weeks. The vincristine is given once a week. On Halloween, Dale participated in his school Halloween parade and later went trick or treating with the Kitani boys , friend Kelly and the Chong family. He had a blast. We walked for blocks. Dale was "Jack Sparrow" from Pirates of the Caribbean and Derek was the hammerhead shark from the same movie. We were also treated with a visit from our dear Auntie Millie from Hawaii. She arrived on Halloween and just went home today. During her stay with us, Auntie Millie and Dale baked a beautiful and delicious red velvet cake. The boys always enjoy having Millie visit. She only left a few hours ago, but we miss her already. Dale's hair has now started to fall out again. I think this bothers me more than it does him. I try to remind him that his hair has always grown back so not to worry. It's such a shame to see his beautiful curly hair on the floor and not on his head. We are trying our best to keep our heads up and spirits high. Dale has continued to show unbelieveable strength and courage. Please know that this comes as an answer to all of your prayers. His strength is a God given strength. Thank you for your prayers.....


Nancy said...

I found the place to post comments. It seemed transparent on my screen but I clicked on where I thought it should be... and there it was!!! : ]

Thank you for blogging. I check Dale's blogsite daily! I'm glad Dale is doing as expected with his treatments. Being neutropenic is no fun, but we have to go through that to get better. I'm glad that the shots are over with... sounds yukky...His platelets are holding so that is a good sign.

Stay tough Dale & family. You are truly an inspiration to all who follow your journey. Your photo on my blog has attracted a lot of attention! Dale is famous. Take care and let me know if I can do anything. love, nancy

teddi said...

Hi Dale,
I heard all about your red cake and the carrot cake too ! ! ! Thank you for taking care of the Chong family. They said that you're a good baker and that it is so nice that you shared your talents with them. You know that Carrot cake is Jordan's favorite and your cake was fantastic ! ! !

Maybe we need to make some jook in the slow cooker. I'll tell Aunty Sharon and she will pass the recipe on to mom OK? It's so easy so that you can do it for everyone.

Take care and be strong. Our prayers for you and your family. Please take care. Much love and aloha, Popo

Alan & Julie said...

We are praying for all of you. We love you guys so much. God bless you. Alan & Julie