Hey everyone! This is Corinne. My mom has been really busy and hasn't been able to put up a blog. We have a neighbor who has been writing and sending email updates to family and friends and my mom asked that I post the most resent update that she sent. So here it is...
Dear Perry Family and Friends,
Yesterday Craig received 2 liters of IV fluids that were badly needed. It has been more difficult for Craig to eat and drink enough, and he has lost 8 lbs. since last Saturday, October 15. He will receive fluids daily while receiving radiation to help him stay hydrated. In an effort to get more calories into him, they will be starting Craig on protein drinks and smoother foods that will require less chewing. He is very weak right now.
Marsha and Craig met with Dr. Weis, the oncologist from whom they got their second opinion last year. They met with him yesterday for 1 hour and 15 minutes and were able to receive a lot of information and get many questions answered. Craig's radiation treatments are scheduled to be completed next Wednesday, October 26, and they have already set up an appointment in one month from that day to do a brain scan. They cannot do a brain scan before then, because the brain needs that time to settle down from the radiation.
If the radiation treatments have been working, they will then proceed with chemotherapy for the rest of the body. If the radiation is not working, there will be no reason to put his body through more chemotherapy that will just make him sick. The brain trumps all else and must allow the body to get better.
Craig's mobility has been significantly impacted by the tumors and pressure in his brain, but he still has limited ability to get around. Craig is fighting and not giving up. He is trying his best to do everything he can on his own. Marsha hopes to make arrangements for Craig to come home after the radiation treatments are finished and he will no longer need to be so close to the hospital.
For those who would like to receive e-mail updates on Craig's status, please reply to email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone for your love and support. My family really appreciates it. And Thank you Eva Black for helping with the email updates. :)