Life Outside the Kitchen

Cancer – not the post I want to make

Never thought I would be writing about cancer or dealing with it as it effects my family. I hope I won’t be writing about this for long and if so, it’s more about my dad doing well.  

Since my dad got sick, I’ve been researching foods that help fight cancer.  Foods like broccoli, pomegranate, kale, acia berries, blueberries, etc. Some call them “super foods”. Once he gets better, he wants to try smoothies with these super foods and eat better, overall.  I want to help him and try to eat better as well. 

Today, I’m in the hospital with him.  He’s napping and it’s the last day of his 7-day chemotherapy treatment. His white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets are all mostly gone – both the cancerous kind and the good ones. That’s what chemo is supposed to do.  

Last night got a little scary. He got a nosebleed that wouldn’t stop.  For three hours he went through tissues and gauze. I just stood there, shocked, as doctors and nurses rushed to get him a transfusion of platelets and contemplate if surgery was necessary.  Luckily, it wasn’t.

Now, at 10 a.m. the following day and his nosebleed appears to be almost gone. Phew! I can’t tell you how scared and worried I was. I know I’m supposed to be strong and brave and positive and all those things everyone is telling me to be, but I can’t help but get scared. This is SCARY!  Watching someone you care about battle cancer is insanely scary!  Ok, I need to breathe.  I think a minute of panic is totally acceptable, right?

They say it’s just uphill for him now. The chemo is finished and his blood counts will start to rise and make him feel better. Looking forward to him getting well. Send your prayers!

A Break from Recipes

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay in posting. A medical emergency came up. My dad got rushed to the hospital a few days ago and was later diagnosed with acute leukemia. Aaaahhhh!

This has honestly been one of the hardest weeks of my life. :( Luckily, my family is tight knit and we are all here for him.  I spent the night with him at the hospital, and am so far really impressed with the nursing staff, doctors, and services here. And, I’m so super thankful we are just an hour and a half away from a hospital that specializes in cancer.

Yikes!  Cancer… that’s a word you hope to never hear, especially when it concerns those you love.

Yesterday, he got the preliminary diagnosis of AML (acute myeloid leukemia) and then had a bone marrow biopsy to determine what specific sub-type of cancer he has. I asked why they needed to know the sub-type if they already knew it was acute leukemia and the doctor said that there are several types of acute leukemia and apparently, the treatments for each are drastically different. (I’m learning so much in the few days I’ve been here.) Once the test results come in they will start chemotherapy right away.

I guess that’s both good and bad. Good because he’ll get treatment quickly but scary because its all happening so fast.

The prognosis looks good so far and my dad is a trooper. Please keep him in your prayers.

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