Monday, January 8, 2007

a trip to Hershey on Monday

John and I are going to Hershey to see Dr. Claxton on Monday.  Hopefully it will only be a one day trip.  There are two appointments that he has to go to.  Then I hope they'll send him home.  That is what I am anticipating.  They may want him to get a spleenectomy, but I imagine they will give him time to plan for it...

John has been doing better lately (not needed quite as much blood).  It is due to the fact that he has had chemo for seven weeks.  He has one more week of chemo to go.  This appears to be slowing down the Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia.  But it is not curing it.  That is why Dr. Claxton has to decide tomorrow whether or not to continue the chemo, or to just stop the treatment and remove John's spleen.

When Mitzi (the nurse coordinator) told John on the phone the other day that they might just continue chemo, I was a little upset.  What does over 50 doses of chemo do to the brain?  If it works, well ok, but there is not even a guarantee of a cure.  I know, there are no guarantees in life.  This will be a tough call for Dr. Claxton.  The chemo seems to be helping a lot, but not curing.  He will have to decide what to do.  A spleenectomy doesn't sound like a walk in the park either...

So tomorrow will tell.  Okay, well, good night, you all.

Krissy :) 


  1. nyuknyukpik21/08/2007 1:56 AM

    hope all goes well for you in Hershey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. rickardfoghorn1/08/2007 5:10 AM

    Hey hope everything goes ok for you, good luck

  3. May God be with both of you whatever the Dr decides to do. I am glad that he is not having to have blood so often. Helen

  4. jlocorriere051/08/2007 5:27 AM

    I hope they can sort out something for John and get him better again, good luck with the visit! Jeannette xx  

  5. Well, I hope all goes well for John today.  Take care....Linda in Washington

  6. princesssaurora1/08/2007 8:40 AM

    Praying for good news... no there are no guarantees... but I hope things start heading in the right direction and soon for you both!

    be well,

  7. hugsdoodlewacky1/08/2007 8:41 AM

    (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((KRISSY/JOHN)))))))))))))))))You guys been through so much.I hope and pray all goes well.Have a nice day.

  8. Good luck in Hershey.  Let us know what the Doc decides to do.

  9. Prayers going up. Tammy

  10. Oh Krissy. What a dilemma.  No, I don't think any of the near future is going to be any walk in the park for John, and I am sorry for him and for you.  My prayers go out to both of you.  Stay strong. Lots of us out here root for you and pray for you!  Keep the faith, I know you will.  Merry


  12. Hoping for the best for today's appointments.

  13. Tough things to think about...hope you get back home as expected, and if not, very soon after...good luck...Jae

  14. Krissy, Hope all goes well as can be.  Fifty doses of chemo sounds like an awful
    lot.  And this spleen thing....well I am going to look that up in my medical books.
    My prayers are with you both.  Love Myke

  15. I hope your visit is well over with and you've got some solid good news in hand.  Hope John doesn't have to keep having chemo. That cannot be the most pleasant of things. Sending up a prayer. Hugs, Barb  

  16. I hope all goes well and you are back home lickety split!!


  17. I sincerely hope things went well for you at Hershey. Thinking of you both.
    Love & hugs
    Sylvia xxx

  18. You have got to have a lot of courage to be patient with all this treatment.  Your John is so lucky to have you!  Gerry

  19. rebuketheworld1/11/2007 2:58 AM

    I have no idea what removal of your spleen does in terms of quality of life but, the idea of doing 50 more rounds of chemo might encourage me otherwise.
    What tough decisions to make.....praying..~Raven


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