A Quick Update

It’s Been A Bumpy Ride…

Hey everyone!  We’ve had five rough weeks, but we hope we’re on our way to better days.  In the last five weeks, Sam has been hospitalized for infections twice and has received two rounds of chemotherapy.  Two weeks ago, we spent 31 hours in Vanderbilt’s emergency department, so the e.d. got us down once again.


The good news is, we just finished the 10th round of chemotherapy, but the bad news is Sam was unable to complete his five days of scheduled treatment.  Honestly, we were both really happy about this.  Due to illness, he was only able to get three days of treatment.  We showed up to the hospital these last two days thinking that Sam would get treatment, but he was just too sick.  Instead of getting chemo, he received fluids for a couple of hours and other iv medication to help him sleep which is exactly what he needed.

We’re not quite sure how we’ll move forward from this point on.  We hope that Sam will perk up over the next week and he’ll be able to receive treatment again soon.  All we want is for Sam to feel better, so watching movies and taking long naps will be high on our priority list.

Kind of like BB, we remain hopeful but timid. BB can't figure out how to get on the counter, proceed to the top of the refrigerator, and then get on top of the cabinets like Theo can. We think BB's butt might be too big for her to make any advancements in this process.


We’ve relied heavily on support from our family and friends throughout these tough couple of months and we’d like you to know how thankful we are for all the help.  Hopefully, we’ll be back to our silliness again soon.


Rest assured, Theo is taking great care of Sam.


Lots of love and thanks,


Sam and Leslie Bledsoe

15 Responses to “A Quick Update”

  1. 1 alexis October 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    you have both been in my dreams lately, and they have been happy dreams. im sorry to hear about the rough patch. thinking of you often and sending lots of love.

  2. 2 Alex October 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for the update guys. Hope you start feeling better, Sam.

  3. 3 Ashley October 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I am sending good vibes your way! Y’all are awesome people and if you need to “shop” my DVD library you are more than welcome 🙂 Love ya!!

  4. 4 Ashley October 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    one more thing….Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis companies should all be asking for copyrights to that to use in their next ads 😉

  5. 5 amy October 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Nina and I send you our love.


    • 6 amy October 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      DOH! It trimmed it out…

      This time I am trying to comment everything out.


      • 7 Jeanne Gore October 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm

        Rest and rebuild, brave ones. We lift you up in our prayers. God holds you in the palm of His hand.

    • 8 Kate October 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      OK, here’s the thing: some people think there are two states, one and zero. Actually, the two states are words and numbers. And I thought it was very important not to get numbers in your words, unless you are making an unbreakable password or doing algebra. Apparently the single other exception is expressing love and support to your family… I have learned something new today. <3

  6. 9 Suzanne October 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Love you both ! Suzanne

  7. 10 Tara October 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Seriously, every time I see BB I think her butt does get bigger…I think you should monitor her food intake and make sure she isn’t taking Theo’s.

    Only a few more cycles to get through! You both are doing great!

  8. 11 Matt October 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Hey guys, hang in there! Let me know if there is anything you need and get to feeling better Sam!

  9. 12 Whitney October 29, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I’ve been thinking of you two, wondering how things have been. I love you both, and I look forward to seeing you in December.

    It’s snowing in New York right now, how crazy is that?!



  10. 13 Carrie and Matt October 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Considering your “E.D.” issues, a bumpy ride isn’t always a bad thing! Wink wink:)
    We love you both so much and hate that y’all are going through this.
    Leslie, you are such an amazing person. You are a phenomenal caregiver, wife, and friend for Sam. You are a caring and selfless sister. Even with everything you have going on- all the sleepless nights, exhausting hospital visits, taking care of Sam, Theo, and B.B., and working to keep a business running, you have made time to give me some incredible experiences I would not have had if it wasn’t for you. You signed me up for Warrior Dash and bought us the cutest uniforms. Smart thinking, since I am more likely do something out of both my comfort level and athletic ability if I am lookin’ GOOD! I had never been more scared or laughed so hard, and you were right beside me, holding my hand the entire time. You even made me a collage of all the pictures I would never have been able to afford. I love looking at those pictures. I love seeing you, seeing both of us, covered in mud and beaming with happiness.
    You took me to see Wicked and I will always be thankful. You are such a thoughtful friend. You’re my Elphaba.
    Love you,

  11. 14 Therese November 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Leslie and Sam – you have been on my mind, and “heavy on my heart” – please know that T and G-Ho, along with Bella the Wonder Dog, send you love, kisses (Bella’s are the best – they will cure what ails you!) and lots and lots of prayers. And honestly, you’d think the Emergency Dept. would go back to being the ER so as not to be stuck with such bad initials (ED, heh, heh, heh). Hang tough you guys. We’re rooting for you.

  12. 15 sam November 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Sam and Leslie,

    It has been a long time! My mom told me she ran into Leslie at the Y, and she filled me in on what has been going on with you (as well as some 8th grade memories that I had almost forgotten about. I have been reading through the blog and catching up on your lives. Sam, I am so sorry to hear about this rough year, but I am so glad that you have Leslie to walk with you through it all. I have just added this blog to my favorites so I will definitely stay tuned and will be keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers.

    -sam taaffe

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