Been a while since I've had a chance to update. Too long but here is the quick version of the update!
Dad has received a few more chemo treatments since the last update. He is working hard at trying to stay hydrated as well as increasing his iron intake as much as physically possible to continue to keep his levels at a healthy level so that he can get the chemo treatments each week.
Towards the end of July mom and dad went on a trip together down to see Jesus at Sight n Sound theatre and spent some quality time together exploring Hershey. Dad was extremely weak that particular week and not feeling the best due to having pneumonia. Thankfully he is better from that now. It made their little getaway a little less "fun" but they still managed to spend time alone together and I feel it was good for them to have that.
Unbeknownst to dad, whilst they were off galavanting there was a crew of people at their home "flipping" some much needed areas that have been needing attention for a while now. Our family is so very thankful for all the generous people that helped in all ways to make that happen. Daddy was certainly surprised and I know it is a small weight off his shoulders right now that he can stop worrying about.
After the big reveal mom and dad had to go to Buffalo for another visit to Roswell. He had new scans which revealed the mass is indeed still growing and what appears to be a new mass in the liver. They talked to dad about having a port put in to help make chemo days easier (he had been having to have them try 3 times to get a successful vein many times) and also to change his chemo regimen. Dad was understandably nervous and unsure about it all and didnt really agree to much there. Following that he saw the oncologist in Syracuse who told dad it was necessary and we needed to do it asap. So, dad is now on an increased dose of the chemo he was on as well as another chemo added. He also just had his port put in this week. Again the day of the procedure was very nerve wracking for dad and we prayed him through it. Dad came out just fine and we are so thankful for a quick and successful round of chemo this week. At this point it seems dad will get just the one dose of chemo the 1st week which is the one he started on but it will be a double dose compared to what he was on in the beginning. Then week 2 he will have the double dose chemo and the other chemo together. Week 3 we understand should be a week off then repeat the weeks 1-3. This new regimen does seem to be affecting daddy differently and he is taking roughly 3-4 days to bounce back from it. We continue to covet your prayers for dad for this chemo to start to kill this cancer and for strength for dad each day. Please continue to pray for mom and our entire family as we try to navigate everything especially with school getting ready to start back up again for the youngest Hammond kids.
Kurt went to week 3 of Chemo and found out due to his platelets being so low he will have to skip a week. He also is struggling with iron so he may have to start iron through IV if necessary. He has also developed the mouth sores that can be bothersome and inhibit food consumption. But we are on top of it early to try and lessen it.
He spent Father's Day at home and enjoyed time with family missing those who couldn't be here! Prayers that his platelets come up so chemo can resume, and his iron starts to improve. Thank you for your love and support and most of all for your prayers!
Daddy is on the porch under shade that has been graciously donated.
His appetite is growing since his second dose of chemo and his cough is lessening. Good signs that the suspected metastasis to the liver and mass there is related. But the fact that it is possibly shrinking and not pushing on his diaphragm is an option
Well dad's first dose of chemo happened Friday after a little trouble getting an IV started. They finally got it in and he was off and going. Dad and mom got home late Friday afternoon and daddy rested in the living room until he had some lasagna which he was anxiously anticipating. Dad did find out that with the new medicine regimen he was put on he actually gained 4lbs in about 2 weeks and for that we were so thankful!! The weekend went about as well as could be expected given the fact he had chemo. Today was the roughest of the days so far. He did enjoy opening and reading all the cards from his birthday card shower and we are so thankful for all our friends, family and acquaintances that sent him love by way of cards. It meant so much to him and mom said he really was surprised. Im sure it was the highlight of a very hard day for him. He also recieved some new Yankees garb for his birthday since his old stuff either had holes in it or is too big now. We asked him what he wanted and aside from "a cure" he simply said a couple new Yankees shirts would do. He wore one of his shirts from all his kids and grandkids to his first treatment - Pinstripe Pride! We will continue to update this page with information to keep you all informed of how things are going. After 3 weeks they are hoping to do an ultrasound to see if this particular chemo is doing its job. If it isnt the right one then they will have to switch it up. Please pray for strength for dad and the whole family as they help care for him. Pray for this to indeed be the right chemo and that it would start to shrink to sarcoma. And lastly, pray that dad can stay strong enough that they can "hit it with the harder stuff." This will be a long road but we know God is holding daddy in His hands and we know He has a perfect plan for daddy no matter what tomorrow holds. Thank you so much for making his birthday a wonderful day of love!!