Another quick note...Buddy's vital signs are stable, his kidneys are not yet functioning properly so he is continuing dialysis and plasmapheresis, and is still in the ICU. Today was relatively calm compared to the panic we were in yesterday, but we need his kidneys to regain their normal function as soon as possible for things to be ok. They said it was touch and go for a while yesterday.
The theory of what caused his kidneys to fail is tumor lysis -- where the chemo blasted so many of the cancer cells, which went into the blood stream and clogged up the kidneys, which were already in a weakened state to begin with. So now they need to manage the chemo dosage as to what his kidneys can take.
My sister Trinna will be taking my kids here to us on Friday. Thank you to Tita Telly, Tito Rico and to Mars (Bud's secretary) for making all this possible.
Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone for all the masses, prayers, messages, timeline posts, texts, calls, etc. I am sorry if I am not able to respond to you right away or at all. Just seeing them makes me really emotional, and it's hard enough to keep it all together as it is... but know that they are very much appreciated.
Please keep the prayers coming as we are not yet out of the woods. Here are a few pics we took today (the bandage on his neck is where the dialysis and plasmapheresis tubes are connected through).