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bullet2/11-12 óChampions Superstars perform at a competition at Mayde Creek High School. Jeri is having trouble with some of the routines due to pain in her leg. Itís been going on a couple of weeks and rest and ice arenít helping. Itís time to have it checked, even it the diagnosis is more rest and ice.
bullet2/15óJeriís been having pain in her left leg. Virg takes her to the doctor to see if sheís hurt something while dancing. The doctor thinks itís probably a sports related injury and refers her to the orthopedic sports medicine guys next door. Lucky break in these times of HMOís and reluctance to refer.
bullet2/17 óDr. Davino orders an x-ray and the results would change our lives. Jeri is immediately referred to a pediatric oncologist and scheduled for tests. She is put on crutches and told that she mustnít put any weight on the left leg. More good news, We found it before the leg broke and created complications. Virg calls Brit in Bartlesville, OK to deliver the news.
2/18 óTests begin. It becomes not ďifĒ but which kind and how bad. At this point, we are hoping that it hasnít spread. The chest x-ray looks clean. Thatís a good sign. The lungs are usually the first place it spreads.
bullet2/21 ó Jeri checks in to Texas Childrenís Hospital where Dr. Davino does a biopsy and another Dr. installs a central line. A central line is the plumbing, which allows the administration of drugs or taking of blood samples without using an IV. I guess itís sort of a permanent IV. Now we wait for the results.
bullet2/23 ó Virg and Jeri spend the day at the hospital getting more tests. They do a heart echocardiogram (sp?) and a bone scan.
bullet2/24 ó We meet with Dr. Mural Chintagumpalai. Everyone calls him Dr. Murali since it appears that no one can pronounce his last name. He gives us the results of the biopsy and discusses a treatment plan. The bad news is that itís osteosarcoma. The good news is that it hasnít spread. Now the race is on to begin treatments. It will be about 10 weeks of chemotherapy, 2 weeks to recover, bone reconstruction and more chemotherapy. Dr. Murali suggests that Jeri being treatment after all the tests are completed on Friday (tomorrow) if a room is open at the hospital. There is an urgency to begin treatment but a low enough priority to work on a space available at the hospital for the first treatment. He assures us that scheduling will never be a problem again once the process begins. We also discuss what Jeri will have to do about school. The parental units arenít so worried about school but Jeri is. Looks like it will be home schooling with an occasional visit to the class room if the white blood cell and platelet counts hold up. Weíll post the treatment road map once I get it back from Virg. PS. This was the day that Jeri was scheduled to get the braces removed from her teeth. That was good. They would have had to come off anyway. Itís nice to get something right.
bullet2/25 ó Brit takes Jeri for the days tests. We have some sort of kidney test and a hearing test. It takes most of the day. No rooms open up at the hospital. Jeri is relieved. She wants to go to the Champions Superstar competition that evening to see some of her friends. Virginia takes her
bullet2/26 ó The hospital called and now the real work begins. Jeri checked in about 6pm this afternoon. Itís room 684 in Texas Children's Hospital. Sheíll be there for about three days. It was late checking in so we think it will be Tuesday before she gets out.
bullet2/27 ó Just got back from the hospital. Virg is taking the night shift. Jeri started out the day fine but began to have problems with nausea in the afternoon. Sheís not eating. The say all is normal and that theyíll be adjusting the nausea medicine. The orthopedic oncologist, Dr. Johnson, came by to discuss the situation. He reiterated that this was a life threatening situation but that they had had good results with the treatment. Iíve almost assumed the treatment of the cancer and been concerned about Jeriís rehab and getting back to the things she loves. I need to keep my priorities in line. He also talked about reconstruction and the results theyíve had with using replacement bone versus prosthetics. Heís favoring a new knee. He told Jeri about some dancers he had treated the same way that were back dancing with their teams. That gives her something to work for. Iím sure weíll talk some more on that subject. Jeriís friend Leslie is spending the night to be with her. Itís good to have friends.
bullet2/29 ó Jeri felt better this afternoon. She was holding her water down and ate a Popsicle. We thought she would be coming home today but it didnít happen. We had seen the doctors and were starting to pack when she had a nausea attack. Oooops. Looks like it will be tomorrow. I canít tell you how good it was to see her smiling again. One the medical front, the hospital has arranged to have the home health care folks take the blood for the twice weekly counts. Saves a drive to TCH. They also said it would be about 6 or 7 days before we see her blood counts drop. Finally, it will be about two weeks from Thursday before the next planned hospital stay and chemo treatment.

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