July 29th update

9:45 a. m. Well, we are still here. Bennett’s methotrexate level was .15. He is getting closer! I am sad that we won’t make Hamilton’s championship baseball game and it’s also his last game for the season. I’m not sure that Bennett would of felt like going. He feels pretty crummy.  He didn’t sleep as well last night. His mouth really bothers him and it is hurts to swallow.   Apparently the popicycles didn’t work! The Dr. recommends him to take morphine and Bennett wants to try it.  

1:15 p.m. The oncologist Dr. just came in to see Bennett. She wants him to stay the night and watch his mouth sores no matter what the 4:15 methotrexate level is. She wants to continue him on fluids as well because of him not eating/drinking for the last 4 1/2 days.   His mouth and throat is alot worse than last time. She is going to give him a stronger dose of morphine because of the sores being so painful in his mouth and throat.  

7:30 p.m. We just got Bennett’s methotrexate level back, they had to send the test to Barnes so it took longer. His level is .12 so we would be staying anyway with or without the bad mouth sores. So, we are still waiting and next draw will be at 4:15 a.m.  Bennett is feeling the same, watching some TV, he hasn’t gotten up today, hasn’t ate/drank nor talked. He was given bi-carb around 4:30 because his PH in his urine was low.         Hamilton’s team lost the championship game tonight.  

9:15 p.m. The nurse tonight asked Bennett if his mouth was better, he nodded yes. Than she asked him to rate the pain from 1 to 10 and he said a 9. She gave him more morphine and he can get it every 2 hours if needed. I asked him how much worse are they this time and he held up 4 fingers. 4 times worse.  He barely got the chemo pill down as it really hurt to swallow and this was after the morphine.  The methotrexate just burns all of the tissue in his mouth, throat and stomach.  The good news, We know if it has killed/hurt these tissues than it must be doing it’s job on killing the cancer. The Dr. indicated that at times if a patient doesn’t have any side effects, they wonder if the patient had enough methotrexate to kill the cancer cells and she said she is sure that Bennett has.

“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.”  I Chronicles 28:20

    

Posted by Cindy on July 29th, 2007 in Updates | 4 Comments

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  1. Jody Kimmel said on July 29th, 2007: 12:38 pm

    Bennett,
    I hope your level is going down, you are feeling better, and soon you will be on your way home. Sounds like your week has been tough. You are a very tough young man, hang in there and know that we are all praying for good reports. God Bless

  2. Aunt Annette said on July 29th, 2007: 7:24 pm

    Sounds like you will come home tomorrow–I know you both are ready! Praying that the mouth sores will get better soon—-so you can eat and drink again. Love you guys!

  3. Marya Smith said on July 29th, 2007: 9:11 pm

    Hi Guys,

    Glad the level is coming down and I’m sure it will continue! Hope that these side effects ease up soon, too. I know that Bennett’s body is working with all the meds to heal and get Bennett back where he belongs with his friends and family!! Good night and we are praying for you!!

    Love,
    Marya & Cody

  4. uncle doug and aunt tam, luke jenny caitliln said on July 30th, 2007: 8:35 am

    well…i heard the other day that life kind of works like a battery: you need to have the good and the bad stuff for the battery to work….we are hoping that you feel better every day. The good times will come just hang in there bennett! You are now and always will be in our prayers!

    Love you all

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