It is hard to believe a year ago today, that we didn’t know if I would have another Father’s Day. Every holiday that comes up is very special to us and we treat it as though it may be our last. We are grateful to our friends, family and supporters that have been with us through this bumpy ride. There are so many fathers that are not here today, but there are so many fathers that are and I can say that I am one of those. Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there and may we have many more days together like today.
This is our first year as a team and we plan on having Team Sal every year. Our family has participated at the Menifee Relay over the past several years, however, last year Sal was diagnosed with Acute Monocytic Leukemia about a week before the Relay. Sal was in the hospital on and off for over 7 months, during this time we would discuss what we were going to do during the next Relay?..well the time has come and we have created our own team. Our goal was to create a team with all of our friends to help celebrate the life of Sal and many others like him. He has been in remission since July and he continues to fight cancer. With the help of our friends and family we want to show cancer that Team Sal isn’t going to give up!
At Relay For Life, our team will camp out overnight and take turns walking around the track to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.Our team is doing our part in the fight against cancer.
By joining Team Sal you show Sal and others like him that he has support in this terrifying fight! We know that not everyone can join us during the actual event, however you can show your support by donating. Please join our team or make a donation, because saving lives starts one team, one participant, and one dollar at a time.
Please share the news report on Sal that was aired tonight on CBS2. We wanted to make sure people are aware of the need of a bone marrow donor. If you would like to sing up as a bone marrow donor, please go to www.bethematch.org.
Here is the link for the TV interview
Today has been an adventure. Cheyene had a game this morning and her team won 12 – 2. We were planning on going to see Sal this afternoon at the hospital but the expedition broke down so by the time it was fixed I just wanted to stay home.
Sal’s numbers are starting to drop. Hopefully his platelets won’t drop too much because the more platelet transfusions the more antibodies he will get from the transfusions and this could be harmful.
If you would like to go see Sal, please let us know. He isn’t in pain like he was last time, however, please make sure you do not have a runny nose, sore throat or anything else….we don’t want sepsis this round. Also, if you work for the Riverside County Sheriff’s we would really like help with Sal’s catastrophic time bank. We received only two donations and this week will be his last paycheck. Since May 5, 2012 he has used up all of his vacation and sick time and this last paycheck won’t be a full paycheck. Once he goes on disability we will have to pay around $1200-1400 a month for our health insurance and he will hopefully receive up to 80% of his pay. We are still waiting to hear if the disability insurance will approve him for this amount. We should know something next week.
Blood counts for today
White Blood count 3.2
Last chemo bags tonight! The kids came up this afternoon after Jacob’s basketball game. I went and got everyone McDonalds for dinner while they watched diary of a Whimpy kid . Next week sal’s counts are going to start to go down and he will start neupegen shots on Monday. This is a white blood cell booster that should help increase his counts faster. The shots are in his stomach and hurt!
He hasn’t gotten sick on this round yet, he has only had problems sleeping because of having to pee every hour. We will keep everyone updated
Sal will be going in for his next round of chemo. This will be his second consolidation, so we only have two more consolidations after this. We are still looking for a bone marrow transplant donor. I don’t know how to stress the importance of finding a match. If we don’t find a match soon, the chances of Sal getting leukemia are very high. We need to fnd a match before he finishes his four rounds of consolidation. Once he is done with his consolidation he won’t be able to do anymore and the leukemia will eventually return. Please remember, even if you don’t match Sal, you might match someone else in the database that is looking for a match. How great would it be, to be able to help save a life! Please sign up today at www.bethematch.org or www.marrow.org