Cari Blog # 12

Hey Everyone,

Sorry we haven’t updated you yet.  It’s kind of been a rollercoaster week, and we haven’t really had time to update you all on what’s been going on.  I know that sounds kind of weird and everything considering I’m not the patient I could have easily picked up the computer and started blogging, but truth is, I really honestly have not had the time. 

I hadn’t seen Eric since last Sunday.  I knew his counts were about to drop and I wasn’t feeling the greatest.  I decided to stay away at my parent’s house just in case something was coming on.  I wasn’t going to risk it with him. 

Tuesday morning, Mary, Eric’s mom took Eric down to Milwaukee for labs and to get blood and platelets if needed.  (Thank you for that Mary!!) His counts were so low he ended up needing two units.  He got his two units and ended up coming home.

Eric called me on Tuesday night to tell me he had a major temp of  103.3.  He called Froedtert, and after waiting for the oncologist that was on call to call him back they told him he needed to get to the closest Emergency room,  A.S.A.P.  His dad, Brian drove him there, and slept in a chair over night with him.  (Thank you for that Brian!!) I was instructed to just go to bed and see what I could do in the morning.

The next morning, I woke up, I got checked to make sure I was in the clear to go see Eric, and found out I was just feeling off from one of my medications, so I hightailed it over to Aurora in Two Rivers.  We waited around awhile there, and they gave Eric some antibiotics.  Sometime that afternoon we got word that he would need to go to Froedtert so he would be under the care of his primary oncologist. 

We made the trip and got here somewhere between 7 and 8 that night.  Eric has some sort of infection.  They know what it is, and are treating it.  His first night here was crazy and he got platelet’s so he was up all night getting checked. The second night he got ok sleep, and last night he had to get some platelet’s and they pulled his PICC line thinking it may be the cause of infection, so they placed two I.V’s.  (I just want you reader’s to all know, I slept through ALL of this…..)  His temps seem to be coming farther apart than before which is a good sign, but he’s still getting them.  For now, we just have to wait until the temps go away.  He’s also had this really nasty headache that keeps coming and going. 

We’re on a different unit than we are usually on.  It’s kind of weird to be on this unit because it’s the hallway you have to walk down to get to the unit he’s usually on.  I’ve seen these faces a million times in my life while walking to the bathroom, or cafeteria.  Now, I actually know their names, instead of just faces. A couple of them were actually excited, and we heard the phrase, “You guys get to be our patients now!!!” 

Once again, I’m super sorry neither of us has updated you guys in a couple days.  Eric hasn’t been up to doing a video, and I have been running around like a crazy lady.  This is the first time in weeks I’ve actually picked up a computer, instead of just using the internet on my phone.  Thanks for all your love and support!



  • The reason that these years have been the best is that I think that I might have had a somewhat positive impact on your lives and perhaps your understanding of what cancer is and what it can do, to both those of us that it has personally attacked and those of us who know someone who is going through it. -Eric McLean
  • I just want children to be left with a better life than what I was left with," he said. "I want them to experience the feeling I had in my life when I realized that I really mattered.
    ~ Larry Hisle
  • Realistically, I have two more Olympic cycles in me. I'm not going to let this beat me.  I've gained a lot of strength from you guys, if Eric can fight 5 times over I can overcome this one year of setbacks.
    ~ Chris Solinsky
  • Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men. ~ Albert Einstein
  • Never, never, never give up.
    ~ Winston Churchill
  • 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
  • Once you choose hope, anything's possible.
    ~ Christopher Reeve
  • If you're going through hell, keep going.
    ~ Winston Churchill