These are the thoughts of a Texas transplant in West Michigan who makes his living as a newspaper reporter by evening, and a struggling novelist by day.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

dad update

it's been awhile sinc i've written anything cancer-related about my dad. sometimes i just don't feel like facing his situation.

yesterday, though, we got really good news, after he'd heard some really bad news. here's the skinny.

earlier in the day on tuesday the nurse came over and was taking blood frm one was home except for my dad. she couldn't take a second sample,or was having trouble. so she proceeds to tell my dad that his cancer marker was up. that really depressed him. he told my mom and things were pretty bad.

want to know what's a problem herer? well, the idiot nurse had no business telling my dad anything about where his cancer marker level was. it is the doctor's responsibility. i was a bit upset over that.

so yesterday they went to the doctor and instead of hearing bad news, he told them the cancer marker was at 39, down about 30 points. apparently my dad had a huge smile on his face. they told the doctor about the nurse and he was upset because it wasn't her place to say anything. and besides, she had the wrong information.

i am so glad the chemo is working. i know it takes a toll on his body but if he's willing to continue, that's fine. and i think the news yesterday helped out a lot. my dad doesn't smille much these days, so i'm happy he did.

on another note, a cute one this time. emma said the word "no." an interesting word for the bratty cute child. she knows words like pamper and knows when she needs to be changed or time for a bath. but she'd not said the word "no" before. linda was excited. when arnold came home and found out, he asked emma to say no. all she did was shake her head instead. it looks like it's going to be on her terms. that's why it makes it all the more interesting that she chose the word "no" to say. i love it.


Blogger Mark said...

That's great to hear. Keep the good news coming.

P.S. That a-hole nurse deserves to lose her job.

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