Monday, September 5, 2016

Angela's Angels

Thank you Angela's Angels for fighting with us to beat cancer!

Miracle Performed by the Lord---Cancer in Remission!!!

July 1, 2016
Today I witnessed a miracle brought to our family by Angela's Angels. Just a short thirty-two days ago I cried as I watched Angela Bursler being wheeled into the ICU and today she is cancer free. We are humbled by the kindness of our families, friends, medical professionals and folks that just plain old care about their fellow human being. Thank you to all for without you her battle may not have been won. Just for the record the score is now Angela Bursler 2 Cancer 0. We do not want a third fight but the second bout taught us that the strength of many can beat this terrible disease. As has been said many times God is good.

Spring/Summer Hospital Stay Day 21 Comment #2

June 6, 2016

Welcome home mom!!!

Spring/Summer Hospital Stay Day 21

June 6, 2016

Checkin' in but getting ready to check out. Discharge has been authorized. She can now go home after being hospitalized for twenty-one days.

Spring/Summer Hospital Stay Day 20

June 5, 2016

The effect of twenty straight days supporting my wife in the hospital hit me hard today. As I have the last three weeks I awoke this morning with knowledge of where I was going and what I was going to do. There are no decisions or choices for my wife has no choice but to be hospitalized so I have no choice but to be by her side. Bottom line, without sounding too much like a whiner, I'm exhausted.
Apologies out of the way the more important story is that Angela Burslers condition is stabilized to the point where there are rumblings of discharge as early as tomorrow. I'm cautiously optimistic but there are still a few wrinkles that need to be ironed out before it happens. A real quick recap of her condition is as follows:
White blood cell count normal
Neutrophils (specific type of WBC) normal
Blood pressure stable at 130/80+
No headaches
Appetite is semi-restored. She consumed enough food to account for a moderate amount of calories today.
*Hemoglobin (red blood cell count) <7 but given a unit of blood today.
*Still experiencing random fevers--still trying to zero in on source.
*Fluid on the lungs slowly being absorbed by the body.
* Breathing unassisted while in a stationary position. Assisted with a continual flow rate of 2 liters of O2 through the nasal cannula while moving or sleeping.
* Denotes conditions that need resolution before discharge will be approved.
We have high hopes for tomorrow.
A couple of quick shout outs to some folks who actively participated in events today in support of cancer research. Nancy Boman I can't thank you enough for marking the name of my wife on your arm in support of her battle as you successfully battled your way through your first half-marathon.
Michael M. Wascheck congratulations on hitting your $ goal for the Relay for Life in Pennsville, NJ in support of cancer research.
Collectively we will conquer this disease. My wife and I have plans ten years from now that will not be interrupted.

Spring/Summer Hospital Stay Day 19 Kyle Graduates

June 4, 2016

Spring/Summer Hospital Stay Day 19

June 4, 2016

Angela is fine and resting well tonight. It was an emotional day that culiminated in a decision not to attend her son's (my stepson) graduation. There is/was a solid medical basis supporting the decision that was made.
1. Pleural effusions still exist in the chest wall cavity parallel to both lungs that prohibits proper oxygen intake.
2. She is still experiencing unexplained random fevers that result in bouts of fatigue.
3. Mobility is significantly limited.
4. Appetite is suppressed.
Medical basis aside Angela, herself, clearly communicated to the doctor's that she did not feel comfortable leaving the hospital.
The decision to remain in the hospital was not a mandate delivered by the medical team but instead it was made by both Angela and I using the criteria stated above.
This weekend's objective has changed from attending a graduation to working hard to increase her lung capacity and strengthening her muscles. Doctors are hopeful that by increasing activity the excess fluid in the lungs will be absorbed by tissue. Two other methods that were considered to remove the fluid were the use of Lasix and aspiration. Tests indicate significant dehydration in the all other organs except the lungs so the use of Lasix was suspended. Aspiration is invasive and as such could result in infection. Also there is evidence that fluid could quickly return resulting in a higher degree of respiratory problems. The procedure is still a consideration but only as a last resort.
Essentially the ball is completely in our court. If we take a disciplined approach and work hard doctors said she could be released as early as the beginning of next week. Angela is a determined, hardworking individual so I have no doubt that she will give it her all.