Hi all –
After sitting here for about 15 minutes trying to think up a title….I decided to skip that part and start writing the stuff that really matters. I’m here now with Uncle Greg in his room at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois. I got here last night and this was our first stop. I left here last night and I was extremely concerned about my Uncle Greg (being very honest). He was disoriented and very confused. He couldn’t manage to keep himself awake. When we asked him several times if he knew who I was….he couldn’t place me. As hard as I tried….I couldn’t hold back the tears. My Mom and I had a good cry….and a good sign was that it actually seemed to concern Uncle Greg. I got home and looked forward to seeing some progress today.
This morning….we walked into the room….and Uncle Greg proudly said “Hey guys”. He knew who we both were and when I told him he didn’t know me last night, he said “BULL”. He knows the year is 2012, he knows that he lives in Hartford, Connecticut, and he knows that the President of the United States is Barack Obama (that of course made me very happy)!! When we asked him how he was feeling today, he told us great. My mother and I were ecstatic. It seems like he’s doing better.
The Doctors have identified that he does have an infection….and they have him on antibiotics….which seem to be working. His calcium levels were extremely high….and they’re back to normal now. They seem to think that the disorientation could be from the infection. They’re hoping that over the next couple of days….once the infection is under control….he will start feeling much better. As of now….they’re thinking that he will still be able to have the radiation that was already planned for Tuesday.
The big thing is….he seems to have made major progress since yesterday. He’s looking good! He talked to Karen today and told her that he loves her. He got a roommate this morning….and the nurse said to his roommate….”we’re going to get you started on lots of fluids.” Uncle Greg promptly said, “who the hell are they putting on lots of fluid?” To me….that’s a good sign. He’s aware of his surroundings. And when I asked him who he is to me….he sternly proclaimed “I’m your Uncle HAM!” Sounds to me like he’s got a lot of fight in him!!
Uncle Greg received a card from Bonnie to our house this week. My mom put it in front of him and asked him to read it. He got through the first couple of lines with no problems. My Mom read the rest to him….and he smiled really wide the whole time. So keep the notes and letters coming!! Just let us know….and we can send you our address. Mom and I will keep folks updated throughout this week.
With lots of love…..