Thursday, September 13, 2012

Chemo Begins

Wednesday- Day 1 of Chemo
It was a rough one- the day began with nausea and vomiting at home that’s being caused by the pressure of the tumor on Em’s liver. 
 Getting to chemo at Kaiser actually offered a bit of a respite as she got to sleep once in the chair.
The initial treatments of chemo entail an IV for a few hours then going home with a pump for a full 48 hours of drip treatment. 
Em is doing a Folfox chemo treatment with the focus of shrinking the tumors in her liver and affecting the colon as well.
She will start more aggressive treatment attacking the blood vessels of the tumors once her primary colon tumor stabilizes.

As she woke up from the chemo at Kaiser a whole new wave of nausea hit her.  The nurses kept her there to monitor her and gave her IV nausea meds but it was a tough day as Em finally got home after 8 hours at Kaiser.  

Dorien spent the night with Em and JB to monitor Em's vitals. Z3 reported Em rallied late night and chowed some Lasagna (mahalo to Chef Christy Churchill).

Thursday- Day 2 From JB
Better than yesterday-  less nausea, but really tired from meds, etc. It’s good for Em to keep getting her rest.  Visitors popping by to say quick hellos while Em stays horizontal.  Kahalakea seems to enjoy showing off for friends and family.

From Em:
"Thank you all for the positive thoughts, emails, texts, phone calls, offers of help, Prayers and Love.  Many thanks for food drops, yard cleaners, house cleaners, errand runners who have helped our day to day lives.  It has made a big difference and really helps with our Peace of Mind, allowing for restful days and nights."


  1. Lisa, Billy & Savanna EggersSeptember 14, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Dear Em, JB & family,
    Saw this quote from Dr Seuss and thought of you guys, we are thinking about you - prayers & love to you all!

    I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
    Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
    But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see.
    Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
    ~Dr. Seuss

    Much Love & Aloha, Billy, Lisa & Savanna

  2. Sending love to you and your family from Oregon, which is gloriously sunny today in your honor.
    xoxo Madge Walls

  3. Emalia, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today. I know this has to be very difficult for you, and if you ever need to rant, or just talk about kiddos and/or everything 80's, I am here! (,, 405 623 3863 cell) Aloha, Erin (Hopper) Smith

  4. Aloha Em,

    You were in my dreams last night. Laughing and smiling. I think about you and your family daily. I drive right by your place going to/from work in Paia daily. Let me know if I can do any Mana Foods runs, drop things off, post office runs...whatevers. I am here for you, like so many others.
    Love, Josh, Robyn, Max, Zara and Finn DeSilva. Mobile #357-1825.

  5. Stay strong and positive, Em & JB! We're pulling for you.

  6. Dear Em,
    Despite everything you're going through, your smile is still radiant. It's a beacon, cutting through the darkness--you inspire all of us!!
    All our love,
    Cynthia, Terry, David and Michael Q.

  7. Aloha Ema & Jb.. your smile radiates in this picture the way it always does..generously and full. You will be in our ohana's prayers! Much love from the south side. Alana & the Rucynski family!

  8. Emalia - you are in our thoughts continually, your amazing strength will guide you through this journey. You have an extraordinary support team on Maui, but please know we are here in any way!. Sending you all lots of love - Cara, Luke and girls xoxo