The challenge today was drinking about 34 ounces of contrast mixed in Gatorade for a CT scan with a throat covered in mouth sores and juggling nausea and pain meds just right to be able to do it. What he accomplished was no small deal. Finally managed to get it down, and had the CT scan at around 9 o'clock. He keeps running a fever and the docs want to find out what the cause is, and none of their other tests have shown anything. Now he is resting and hopefully can have a decent night. He is trying to text but falling asleep. I am sure whoever it is will understand...I am happy he is finally getting some well deserved time-"out"!
Brian’s Blog was created for all of his friends, family, fans, and community members who are cheering him on in his fight against leukemia. Brian graduated from HHS in May of this year. Many people know Brian due to his leadership, sportsmanship, and outstanding athletic achievements including three state championships in wrestling, a state football championship, state discus champion 2011 and varsity track and soccer teams. He had received a call to serve a full-time mission to Uruguay and was planning to start his mission at the end of the month. After completing his mission to Uruguay, Brian planned to play football at SUU where he has already received a full-ride scholarship. Brian was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) on Tuesday October 2nd. That very day he was taken to Salt Lake City for intensive inpatient care. He has been receiving chemotherapy, blood transfusions, and other treatments. We hope and pray that Brian will recover with the help of competent medical care. Doctors say that there is an 80% chance that Brian’s cancer will respond favorably to treatment. Thank you so much for your support. We will keep you updated regularly on Brian’s progress.
Update: On January 14, 2014, Brian passed away after a 15 1/2 month battle with leukemia. He was in remission following the first series of chemotherapy treatments for only 3 months, in spite of earlier optimism. Another harder hitting chemotherapy began in June with the intention of following with a bone marrow transplant but instead, alternative treatments in Colorado Springs and later Atlanta were chosen. Those also were unsuccessful, too little too late. In November he underwent yet more chemotherapy in Denver. The leukemia did not respond. Brian returned home to Southern Utah friends and family on December 12, 2013. Leukemia took his mortal life, but it can't touch his spirit.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Another Hard Day Done
It is expected that after chemo, when the counts are low, there will be some hard days. Well, Brian just put one more of them behind him. This morning the doctors said he could leave the PICU, so after noon he got back to his regular room. After a little rest, he wanted a hair cut, so I gave him a short cut with clippers they have here. His hair is starting to shed a lot. It makes him itchy and it's messy. He then took a long awaited shower, and cleaned up. He looked nice.