One of Oakley's issues this week is the immobility of his ankles and toes. Since his surgery he has been unable to move either. The doctors said they might not have gotten the tumor removed in time an now as a result it could take longer for him to regain those functions back. We're hoping they come back! He's lost a lot of muscle in his lower body. If you make him mad enough he will move his upper legs and we even got him to roll over on his knees once. It hurts for him to sit up straight and we're thinking it's because he doesn't have a tushy! He's mostly bones covered by a thin layer of skin. My poor Oakley!
The other issue this week is his inability to urinate. They've had to straight cath him 5 times in the last 15 hours. It breaks my heart to see him in so much pain and not because of his back surgery! I finally opted not to be one of the people who held him down while they drained his pee. Other than this minor setback Oakley seems to be doing great physically. I do worry that all this trauma in the hospital will have some lasting effects. Any advice?
Oakley will receive his second round of chemo, a quick 5 minute infusion, this Wednesday or Thursday. They said there usually aren't any big side effects to this infusion so we're keeping our fingers crossed!
All in all, we're definitely trying to be optimistic. We want to thank EVERYONE for your love and prayers. We know that it has kept us calm and comforted more than once! We're looking at maybe getting to go home for a week before he starts his third round of chemo.