Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Zack is still in the hospital...His blood counts went up slightly yesterday but today's counts don't show any increase. I planned to take him outside in a wheelchair yesterday - to get some sunshine and fresh air - but his doctors won't allow him to leave his room until his counts are healthier. His temperature is still high, reaching 103 again today.

Last night Zack wasn't getting enough oxygen in his bloodstream and had to be hooked up to oxygen and monitored all night...A late night x-ray of his lungs showed no problems and he was unhooked from oxygen at 8am.

Zack just received his last dose of chemotherapy in the "Delayed Intensification" phase, which means he's officially done with the most difficult stages of treatment. He also gained a bit of weight and is 80 lbs for the first time in many weeks, probably due in part to large amounts of intravenous fluids. 

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey... i hope u pull through man. I'm rooting for you and i hope that you get better

Jarrett

Anonymous said...

I hope you have good ac in there, as it has been way to hot out here in the not-hospital world! Zack's body is reacting with an understandable protest to all the poking and prodding he has had to undergo. He has such a strong will! (like his mom!) This is a good time for both of you to pull back in a little and rest up for the good times up ahead. Hugs, Donnea

Anonymous said...

sup zack,
I hope that you get better soon! hopefully u an come down and visit soon again.


kyle

Anonymous said...

Zack, Coach Bob here from the old Bats soccer days. We're all pulling for you here in San Francisco! Get well soon!

Anonymous said...

dear zack,
glad to here you have finished the chemo series and are soon to be ending a hospital stay. take care, carlin

Kate said...

Hey Zack and Maria: We are thinking of you guys and hoping things look up soon. Let us know if there are some treats we can send from SF -- or anything else you're missing from the Bay Area.

Anonymous said...

Hi Zack,
Edan and I are missing you and talking about you on our way to Circus Camp. Looking forward to visiting you when you get back home. We've been telling Jaese who is teaching too all about you and how funny you are!
love,
Mz. Pearl

Patsgarden said...

Hi dear Zack,
Please know we are all looking forward to hearing that you are through this stage and getting stronger and stronger.

I look forward to seeing you when you visit the Bay Area soon. Meanwhile rest up, and enjoy whatever you can possibly enjoy right now! Sending love and healing thoughts to you every day,
Patricia

Anonymous said...

hey Maria,

Tyler here - just joined on to check on Zack and you. love ya both and i'm here.

The Brooklyn Llulls said...

Hi Zack!! We hope today is a good day for you. We're hanging inside today because it's supposed to get pretty hot out. Rafa, Sofia and Javi are watching a music show right now...they're also spilling little drops of water on their table and cleaning them up. (The things they do for fun!!) Get better and give youself and your mom a BIG hug from all of us here! We love you and miss you.

Ines

Anonymous said...

Hi-ya Zack (and Maria too!)
Jill here, Auntie Cristina's friend. Bummer you're in the hospital for a longer stay Zack, but just think, you're done with the worst stuff, now we can all focus on you getting stronger and super duper healthy! I think about you and your mom a lot! Hope you are getting to enjoy some spongebob and fairly odd parents, i watch them and think of you! Rock on Zack, You RULE!!!!
Jill

Anonymous said...

Hello Zack....OK..time to go home. They need your bed for someone else...so keep working hard at getting out of there...I hear the food is much better at home!...

Michael and I are in Carmel. Not sign of smoke from the big fires in Big Sur...thank goodness. We were vary worried as our little house is wood and there are lots of trees near us.

We hope you are home soon. Love, Michael and Luanne Lotito

Anonymous said...

hey Zack and Maria...our thoughts are with you everyday and we hope you get better soon!

chrisanne, tod and cassidy

Anonymous said...

Hi Zack and Maria-I think of you both often...I just went to Yellowstone National Park and saw the strangest, most beautiful animals:bison,antelope, grizzly bears(I stayed in the car!!) and seagulls (I had no idea there were seagulls in Wyoming!). Sounds like your 6th grade camping trip was fun..sorry it has to be followed by hospitals and chemo...hopefully you will be out on the trail again in the Fall. Get well soon. Coach beatrice

Anonymous said...

z - next time they come to poke and prod ya just throw on your invisibility cloak and steal their bananas. when this is all over you're gonna have an amazing story to tell, huh? love ya, man. rootin' for ya. - dave

Cathrin said...

Hi Zack, Brian's saying hi to you from Germany; he says he's thinking of you hoping you'll feel real good again soon.
Love,
Cathrin