Friday, June 20, 2014


We came to mayos for routine followup and unfortunately I fell last night.  I ended up with a cracked femur right near the hip joint.  So I am in the hospital awaiting surgery.  The plan is to have surgery on Sunday morning where they will put a plate and three screws in my hip.  A long screw will go up towards the ball and hold the fracture together.  Till then I'm supposed to put no weight on my right leg.  Without the surgery they said I would not be able to ever walk again.  With it I should be able to take weight on it right away.  I am not in pain when still but moving causes me pain.  The recovery is not super fast, they said it usually takes 6 weeks to get back to normal.  They said to figure on three nights in the hospital after surgery.

As far as the scans, the tumors have grown slightly.  There is a new spot in my brain near the original tumor site.  The lung tumors have grown slightly as well.  The doctor figures we should stay on the pazoponib and we will decide on the somatostatin shot after all the leg stuff is over.

They did an EEG test to look at my brain function and that was all normal, so that is good.

I was really proud of Leann during the feeding tube replacement.  She helped the nurse so she can do it at home by herself the next time.  The new tube is a different style that is more compact and you can't do it for the first year.  We are still getting used to it cause it works a little differently.

Overall it has been a downer of a day.  The leg is a discouragement as well as the fact the cancer is still growing.  I have been doing well so it's a surprise.  Just pray the surgery is successful and that we can bear the disappointments we have had.  Also, pray for our kiddos and their caretakers.



  1. I'm sorry to hear that you fell. That would be very discouraging. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Hang in there, my brother. We'll pray for your courage through this set back, and for your upcoming surgery tomorrow.

  3. Sending lots of love and prayers your way..

  4. Oh Derek and Leann...our hearts go out to you. May you feel His love and compassion, knowing that nothing can separate you from the love of God. Loving prayers,
    Scott and Diane

  5. Luann SchmidgallJune 21, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    What a setback! We'll pray your surgery will be successful and that God will encourage you! That Leann is a wonderful devoted wife and great inspiration to many of us wives, I'm sure!

    Luann and Aaron

  6. So disappointed to hear or your latest set back. We think of you all often and pray for you and your family. Praying for Gods healing power, strength to endure.
    Love Rich

  7. Been thinking of you through the day and will be praying for you as you endure the physical pain of recovery and emotional weight of this obstacle. We love each one of you!
    Marti and Martha