End of Cycle Eight!

September 9, 2011

Sam just finished his eighth cycle of chemo!  He had treatment all five days this week, including a Labor Day infusion.  We were worried that his treatment was going to get pushed back a week because of his lack of white blood cells and Labor Day, but Sam came through over the weekend and made a few more neutrophils and was able to begin his treatment on Labor Day.  Even though a holiday infusion sounds like a drag, it was actually kind of pleasant to be at the hospital without such a large crowd.  Vanderbilt only does holiday infusions for the patients in which the timing of the chemotherapy is critical, so we feel fortunate that the holiday didn’t alter his schedule.  There was only one other cancer patient receiving treatment on Monday, so we had a rather peaceful Labor Day at the infusion center.

This cycle is definitely draining for Sam.  He receives a lot of chemotherapy and spends most of the week at the hospital.  Luckily, there’s always delicious food in the refrigerator and naps to look forward to.   Click on the following link to view highlights from the week:  CYCLE EIGHT VIDEO!

Magic Fridge

Sam and I joke about our refrigerator.  We call it the Magic Fridge.  All we have to do is open up the door and (insert oohh ahhh sound effect when reading) it’s filled with meats, pies, quiche, breads, and endless amounts of cookies!  We really appreciate all of the help with the Magic Fridge contributions.  It makes our life so much easier and it always gives us something to look forward to after being at the hospital all day or coming home from work.  Food, movies, naps, and family time is about all we look forward to these days, so thank you all for adding such a variety of food to our days.

If you live in the 37027 zip code, odds are, we have some sort of plastic container that belongs to you.  In due time, we will get all of the containers back to the rightful owners.  Until then, we’ll spend a majority of our free time wrestling with this cabinet and routinely picking up plastic containers off the floor every single time we open up the cabinet.  Funny thing is, I bet you all have this same problem with your plastic containers and you don’t even have a Magic Fridge!

Off Weeks

We try to keep our off weeks as normal as possible.  It’s not easy.  Sam is usually really tired and we’re restricted on what we can do.  Sam comes with a rule list about a mile long.   Our off weeks usually consist of one or two appointments at the hospital, work, and early bedtimes.  We act like we’re 80 years old.  Honestly, it’s not so bad.  We have an excuse to lay around in our sweatpants, eat at restaurants at 4:30 in the evening, and watch a lot of movies.

This is us!

Sam is getting strong again!  Whoop!  Whoop! 

So it turns out, the doctor was right!  When the surgeon first said that Sam wouldn’t miss his clavicle, we thought she was totally crazy.  It seemed beyond our belief that Sam wouldn’t be impacted at all by missing a big bone.  His progress has been incredible.  When he feels up to it, he works on rehabilitating his shoulder and making it stronger.  The fact that he doesn’t have his right clavicle doesn’t bother him one bit and he should be able to do anything and everything once chemo is over.

I guess all of those extra years of school do pay off!

 

Here is a short video that shows Sam’s progress.  Sam is able to armpit fart with his right arm and raise the roof.   Click on this link to see the proof:  PROGRESS VIDEO!

Now that I’ve subjected you all to the most absurd video ever, I should thank you.  With such a long week, it’s easy for us to see how this would be impossible without all the help we receive.  You guys make it so that all Sam has to do is show up to the hospital and tolerate chemotherapy as best as he can.  All of you, the doctors, and nurses take care of the rest.  Thank you very much for sending snacks, meals, emails, and cards our way.  This would be a lonely and difficult ride without you.  You Mommas are the best.

Love and gratitude,

 

Sir Armpit Farts A Lot and Leslie Bledsoe

 

 

6 Responses to “End of Cycle Eight!”

  1. Suzanne said

    Leslie, Your Mom and I will show you where to shop for sweatshirts. We each always pick the perfect color. We could help you too. I also saw the perfect pair of purple heels w/ spikes for your outfit. Love you, Suzanne

  2. Kate said

    You ORDERED ANOTHER THEO FROM AMAZON? What have you done?????
    Also, congratulations on your roof-raising. I look forward to partying with you guys soon.

  3. gene & judy mckittrick said

    Thanks for keeping us up to date with everything. so happy to see Sam doing so well. You guys are always in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. MOM & DAD HACKETT said

    That “OLD LESLIE” picture looks a lot like me.
    Love Ya

  5. Therese said

    Whoo hoo! Armpit farts AND raising the roof! Go Sam and Leslie! And really, there are no more deserving people for a magic fridge. Sam, keep up the good work, getting stronger and rehabbing that clavicle-less shoulder. Leslie, thanks for keeping us all entertained, although you do have lots of good material, between Sam and the cats. Hugs and prayers to you both, and be sure to let me know when you need that tennis racquet.

  6. Matt said

    Congrats on cycle 8 guys! Keep up the hard work. Looking forward to an armpit fart contest soon and don’t think I am going to take it easy on you just bc you don’t have a clavicle! 🙂

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