Round 4: Hoping for a Knock Out

by Renee on August 29, 2015

ERThe past couple of weeks at home between chemo treatments for Paul have had their ups and downs. We had many visits from health care pros–nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists. We had many visits from friends–including a former coworker of Paul’s from 20 years ago. We had an unexpected trip to the ER overnight, due to a reaction to one particular medication–Paul had chest pains and shortness of breath, and you don’t fool around with those symptoms. I called 9-1-1 at 2:30 a.m., and a rescue crew was here right away. One night in the University Hospitals Emergency Department and one night for observation, and then he was home again. We got a surprise package from actress Monica Potter–who has a line of lotions and balms that are MPmade with cancer patients in mind. We ended up giving up our foster dog Roxie, who had lived with us for the past six months. Two dogs and all those new people in the house was just overwhelming me as Paul’s caregiver. Especially with both kids now gone away at college. (Our old man, Harley the yellow lab, is still hanging in there.) And yes, saying goodbye to Matt as he headed off for his freshman year was particularly matthard. Meanwhile, two appointments in a row at UH for infusions turned out to be unnecessary–Paul’s blood levels were great, with no need for a boost of platelets! On the way home we celebrated with a stop at Chef outMichael Symon’s B Spot Burger joint–our first date of the entire summer! In the nick of time too, as Labor Day weekend is almost upon us. It’s hard to believe we lost a whole season to this awful disease, but we also gained strength in love and relationships along the way.

As we get ready to head back to Seidman Cancer Center and Round 4 of chemo on the last day of August, we’re hoping for a knock out. That’s one thing I keep clinging to, hope. Thank you, #TeamDeLuca.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
Emily Dickinson

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Another Renee August 29, 2015 at 9:02 am

We’ll all just keep on hoping with you! #TeamDeLuca

Thank you for keeping us updated through this blog. I sincerely appreciate that.

I’m glad to learn that Paul’s last two doctor visits have been good- and so happy that you were able to fit a little bit of normalcy into your day yesterday. You both deserve that, and so much more. Hopefully, when all of this is but a memory, the two of you can spend some time alone together on the shores of some idyllic beach. Ya know, show all of the other Empty Nesters how it’s done!!!


Renee August 29, 2015 at 9:16 am

A tropical vacation is definitely in our plans! xoxo


Sharon August 29, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Blessings to you both…though I don’t comment often, I am following your updates & praying for you both from up here in the north.

May hope, peace and joy fill all the days you share together!

Sharon (Lumen)


Sally August 29, 2015 at 10:44 pm

Praying for a knock out with your treatments. Hope everything goes well . Have safe trips as you travel back and forth.
Stay strong and give it a good fight. God be with you.


Thomas Cizauskas August 30, 2015 at 10:13 am

Renée, I’ve been following along and hoping for the best for you and Paul. You have many friends-in-beer who are doing the same. You both are very strong.


Katie DZ September 1, 2015 at 10:30 pm

Happy summer to you guys! Best wishes to Matt at school! Miss you all! xoxo Katie


Renee September 18, 2015 at 11:04 am

You are welcome to call, visit, send a card…


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