Written by my beloved – the next step in caregivery!
Hello Bradstrong followers. It is Helene, reaching out to thank you for your ongoing support and to keep you up on the latest details. My writing is not eloquent like Brad’s, more matter if fact however, I’m certain Brad will be writing again soon.
So, it turns out we are not going to embrace the rod just yet. Brad caught a bad cold and cough over the weekend. So yesterday when he came to Penn for pre-testing, they admitted him. His kidney and calcium levels were high and he had a tough time breathing. After CT scan and x-ray, doctors confirmed that Brad has a viral pneumonia. So, they’re treating the symptoms with oxygen, fluids and blood transfusions. Then, when his kidney and calcium levels are back on track, they’re going to administer the PACE chemo instead of fixing the femur at this time. Looks like the myeloma needs the most attention right now.
Brad will be at Penn until at least the end of the week or to be determined by doctors after seeing how he progresses in the next day or so. Them he will be home, then harvest the T-cells, fix the femur and then the transplant. If only it was that easy. Yes, the road a head is mapped out and he is still on it. We are hopeful this is just a little bump on his road to healthy living.
I can’t say enough to thank you for your outpouring, gracious, calls and texts asking for ways to help. We are communicating our needs through the Lotsa Helping Hands – http://www.lotsahelpinghands.com website under Bradstrong’s Helpers. Right now we are unsure how the next week will shake out, but most importantly, Brad is getting stronger each day. We are confident in Brad’s team at Penn and we know he’s in good hands.
Love you all so much and your support means the world to us.
Helene and Brad