Tyler is mad at cancer. Let’s call this pre-game and Tyler is getting pumped. Tonight at 10 pm he will get his first dose of chemo. He had a port implanted in his chest today. That will be his line to take in all his chemo friends and use them to punish. He is now warming up, getting fluids pumped to prep his delicate innards for the fight ahead.
An individual’s response to medicine is just that, individual. We have no idea what to expect. We are taking deep breaths, and thinking before we speak. There is tension, no question about it.
A NOTE ABOUT VISITATION AND GIFTS:
There has been an overwhelming outpour of interest to visit and/or bring a gift for Ty. As we do not know how Tyler will react, it might be best to wait a few days before planning a visit. Also, please understand if Tyler cannot answer a phone call, text or email. If you would like to personally check up on Ty, you can always contact myself or Marlene. Feel free to text me before you want to come to make sure our man is up for it. A few points about visitation rules:
- Absolutely no one allowed with any form of illness, especially a sniffle or cough, for the entire duration of chemo. A respiratory infection of any kind could really hurt Tyler. Even if you have been in contact with someone with an illness, you could unknowingly be a carrier. Please abstain from visits if you are ill.
- No children allowed, especially under the age of 5. Their volatile immune systems are high risk.
- No flowers, plants, or food of any kind. These items can carry harmful mold, fungus, bacteria.
- Please do not bring anything that clutters the tiny hospital room. Claustrophobia sucks. Tyler would love cards, notes, photos to put up on his wall.
- Please wash hands thoroughly outside Tyler’s room and refrain from touching him in any way. Make sure your clothes clean and free of pet hair.
- Keep the messages coming, he is thriving off of all your love and support.
Thanks everyone. From my heart, your support has been amazing and we will need it along the entire journey. Thank you.