The plane didn't leave last night cause it was too foggy so Joel and Grant flew out first thing this morning. I had to get the two youngest onto the school bus this morning so I didn't have time to pack them a bag or drop anything off for them. So they are down in Vancouver with the clothes they were wearing and their wallets. Grant went and bought toothpaste and toothbrushes today, tomorrow he will try to get out and pick up a change of clothes for both of them.
Joel saw his oncologist as well as several other doctors today. They have told him that he will be in the hospital for at least a week. The clot in his leg is quite big and they don't want to take any chances. Right now he is getting antibiotics, he is still spiking a high fever every late afternoon. He has started back on the enoxaparin (the blood thinner), and they think he will have to be on it for the next three years until he has finished all his treatments. I think he is getting a few other things, but I'm not sure what. They will be studying the ultrasound he had done in Vernon tomorrow, maybe do another one. More tests will be scheduled over the next couple days, maybe some genetic testing to see if he has a predisposition to developing clots. But neither Grant or I know of any family history of anyone having a problem with clots. And hopefully they will have some options or a treatment plan in a few days.
They are unsure of why Joel is having these issues, maybe because his blood count dropped so low a few weeks ago, maybe it is because of the infection or maybe it is something completely unrelated.
We all talked to Joel tonight, he had just gotten tylenol for the fever and morphine for the pain so he was feeling pretty good and he was very chatty. His hair is finally starting to grow back again and he has a very dark 5 o'clock shadow on his head, I've never seen anything like it. But the hair that has come thru is light and very fine.
So I don't have very many answers about Joel, still just lots of questions. But I know he is in the best hospital around, he is getting great care and that is all that matters right now.
And yes, it was my turn to go down with Joel…. but once again, I'm not sure how it happened, Grant went and I stayed home.