Thursday, February 3, 2011

Those [insert favorite swear word here] Kidneys.

It seems with T's cancer, whenever we get back to 'normal' and comfortable, things smack us in the face again.

This time, it's back where it all began.

The kidney.

Each week when T goes in for a treatment he gets his blood drawn to check his kidney function (keep in mind he only has 1 kidney left, so we like it to work...)

The past 2 weeks, it hasn't been great.
Today at treatment 127, the Dr. decided he needed to lower his normal dose of poison for the next few weeks to see if it brings his kidney function back up. His concern is that our wonder drug is doing the damage to his kidney function.

Not really great news.

And I'm not sure what to pray for.

Here is the dilemma in a nutshell:

If it is the drug is doing the damage, then he will obviously have to try something new. New side effects. New worries that it may not work. New game plan. We are kinda used to our game plan now, and in our dreamland would really like to stick with it for...ever. In the sad world of RCC there aren't a whole lot of options, so the longer we can stick with one drug, the better. Way better.

But, if it isn't the drug doing the damage, then that means for some reason, his kidney just isn't doing it's job, and that's no bueno.

You see the problem, right?

Tonight we are once again reminded of how awful this beast is, and how much we really loathe it. You hate it too, yes?

So if your wondering what to pray for, join the club. We aren't really sure. But asking for good kidney function and a wonder drug to keep working is a start, and we can hope the big guy upstairs gets our concerns.

Thanks for checking in, we always appreciate your support.


Guymon Family said...

Um, I've got a few words in mind, and there's no judgement here if you feel like letting some loose! This journey is just uphill all the way isn't it.
We'll be praying for you guys to find some peace tonight, and find hope for the coming weeks. Please lean on us, we would love to feel of use to you guys through this. Do not hesitate to ask for anything.

The Falkers said...

YES - we hate it!!

So sorry my love! What can I do??? Seriously - use me and abuse me if necessary! LOVE YOU!!!


Morrells said...

I'm so Sorry!!! We will be praying for all the above... Love you!

Eileen said...

And this. Is why I hate it when you post here! [insert swear word of your choice] I just try really hard to pretend Travis is not sick. He just does not look sick.
I'm so sorry. I still hate that you guys have cancer.

Sophia Corbridge said...

Crappy Cancer. We love you, Hayley. You've been in our prayers forever and continue to be. Big hugs.

Love, Sophia

Hiatts said...

Big hugs your way. Thought and prayers go out to you guys!

Watkins said...

I am so sorry you have to deal with yet another worry. I can never find words to give comfort to you that seem adequate. I remember that feeling in my gut, dealing with fears and worries that I had no control over. I am so sorry you deal with that feeling so much of the time. You and Travis are in my prayers daily, and those prayers will be increased for you both. You both are amazing to me. Bless you!

Becca said...

Praying for you guys!

Mortons Love said...

Yes!!! HATE it, HATE it, HATe it!

Trisha said...

*sigh* I hate it too.

Loving you with all our hearts!

Haueter Photography said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If there is anything we could do, please let us know.

Celeste Russell said...

My thoughts are with you and your family! You are such a strong person! Best wishes to your family and I'm sure a swear word here and there wouldn't hurt anyone!

Amber Culp Family said...

Thanks for the perspective, I will now no longer worry and fret about the snow weighing on my roof, I will refocus that energy on Travis, HUGS from CT.

KIRSTEN said...

I may be a pregnant, single parent right now ... but at least we all have good health. And that is exactly what I will pray for. Your little family deserves many many more good times, and the health to go along with it. Keep your chin up

The Hammons' said...

You are in our prayers....for whatever would be best.. I agree with the "hate" word. I'm so sorry that you have to have this misery in your life. If there is anything we can do, please let us know..

The Gundies said...

There are worse things in life...not much, but I sure there are. I hate it when you stub your toe on the bed. That sucks. Sorry, no comparison really, but if it gave you a bit of a smile then it was worth the effort. Always thinking about the crappy cancer crew, keep your chin up.