Hello fans of Tom,
Tom’s doctor and oncologist sat me down this morning and explained that they want to start chemo today. He cannot survive on his current trajectory much longer. His lungs have healed somewhat, but he still cannot breathe without some ventilator support. He is also not absorbing as many platelets from his transfusions now, meaning that he is at a real risk for bleeding without being able to stop.
The doctors wanted to warn me that there is a “real possibility” that Tom will not survive chemo. When I asked what that would look like, they said that when he is neutropenic, which will be about 5 days after starting chemo, that he could get a serious infection, like sepsis, or start spontaneously bleeding. There is not much we can do – that we aren’t already doing – to make him more prepared for this fight. As I understand it, this doesn’t mean it’s a done deal… we just need to be prepared for how dangerous this is for him.
I love how supportive everyone has been, and if he wakes up enough in the days ahead I will read all the comments folks have been sending via email, Facebook, and on this blog. He knows he is loved, and I can only imagine how much that is helping him fight. Thank you all so, so much. Please continue to send good thoughts and prayers for the true battle that lies ahead. We’ve been waiting long enough – it’s time for this showdown!