Friday, October 16, 2009

The waiting game...

We have meet with Dr. Bonis and the kidney doctor already and it's only 2:30, kind of a freaky friday moment!
It appears we will NOT be going to UCSF this weekend unless Kevin's health issues become more critical in the next few days which is unlikely at this point. Dr. Bonis and the kidney doctor both don't think that he needs to have the line put in his jugular yet, so no surgery today which is nice.  The Kidney doctor (who is foreign so I couldn't spell his name if I tried) wants to hold off on the dialysis and continued to monitor his numbers.  When we left UCSF his kidneys were at 60something % and when we got back in the hospital down to 15%.  Since receiving fluids that has come up to 20% which is a good sign so we are hoping to be able to wait and see what the chemo does for him on Monday. Since receiving the dexamethisone over the pass 3 days the calcium levels have come down from 17.5 to 10.7 which is great news, another reason why his kidneys are doing better.
It appears that things will be pretty quiet till Monday.  He will have to move back up to the 2nd floor DOU unit for the chemo but that may not happen till Monday if a bed is not available.  Until then we are very comfortable in our room here. After his roommate moved out they did not bring a bed back so we have been able to spread out and take over the entire space.
We have no idea we the thalidomide will arrive so we are planning on Kevin receiving the Doxile and Velcaid on Monday, but Dr. Bonis will call the company and check the tracking before the drugs are administered. Either way some of the cancer will be killed just not as much with the old drugs but the new great thalidomide is on it's way and should be here soon.

The cancer has completely diminished Kevin's appetite something his family thought was impossible!
We are supposed to "encourage" him to eat but anyone who knows Kevin knows he doesn't do anything he doesn't want to do.

He has had to wear these fashionable 80 ankle warmers but was relieve to have them removed today.
They massage his legs to prevent blood clots but are uncomfortable. He now receives a once daily injection instead.

Kevin received his 9th blessing since this all started (we are trying to break a record) from some of his closest friends Floyd Butterfield (left) and Larry Griffith (right), I must give a shout out to the ever present pink barf bucket!


  1. Hope you have a nice QUIET weekend with Kevin's number's improving. As much as we would like to see you...we continually pray for his improvement. You need to come up with some kind of funny nickname for the pink barf bowl since it is now Kevin's sidekick!

  2. Thank you Thank you for your posts...Our prayers are with you all always.
    We too will pray for a nice Quiet weekend and improving numbers. The Snider Bunch

  3. So glad things are going better! Love the pics,leave it to the Richards to be able to find the bright side of any situation! I love you all and you are constantly in my prayers. My door is always open!