Sunday, April 29, 2012

Update on Nick 4/29/12

Hi All!
I hope this finds you and your loved ones well. It has been a while since I have updated on Nick...mainly because everything has been very routine. Nick is still getting his chemo and IVIG treatments every 21 days. There haven’t been any new tests or scans done since the last set in February.

Nick’s blood work has been holding steady. His iron levels are good. Nick’s blood pressure appears to be responding to the medication. Hopefully this means that Nick’s kidney function is settling down.

Nick is still receiving the big doses of steroids as a part of his chemo regimen. I have noticed that the length of time without steroid side effects has gotten shorter. That is likely due to the build up of the steroids in his body. Not much that can be done about it. I just try to ride the mood roller coaster and keep Nick in check as best I can. It’s getting tiring though...

Kacie is doing ok. She and I were in a serious car accident the day before Easter. My SUV was totaled. I was taken by ambulance to the emergency room. It was suspected that I had a broken collar bone and other injuries to my shoulder, ribs, elbow, hip, and knee. The initial x-rays the day of the accident didn’t show much bone injury, but I am still having trouble with my shoulder and collar bone. I’ll be seeing an orthopedic specialist soon for further evaluation. Kacie sustained injury to her left knee, which hit the dash at impact. She didn’t break it, but has some pretty deep bruising. The orthopedic doctor has put her in a knee brace for three weeks. She will be reevaluated then.

We are very, very blessed to have not been more injured. We were rear-ended at a stop light. It is estimated that the person who hit us was traveling about 60 mph.

Needless to say, it has been a trying few weeks. I will be so glad to have full use of my left arm once again. Kacie will be glad to dance full out without her knee being an issue. My insurance got my car replaced quickly and all is well there. We just have to feel better now. (The driver at fault was under insured.)

Nick wasn’t with us at the time of the accident. I am also thankful for that. He was at fire training that day. It was very frightening for him to hear the reports of the accident through the county dispatch though.

That’s about all I can think of right now. It has been a somewhat steady routine, except for the wreck. We return to Children’s Hospital for more chemo and IVIG on May 9.
hank you for the continued thoughts and prayers.

We do remain...

In His Grip,
Kristy Baxley