At the Hospital

26 Feb

Up until this past week, Chip had been feeling pretty fantastic. Then, on Tuesday, he felt like he was getting a head cold or sinus infection. By Friday evening, he was feeling better cold-wise, but a cough was still present. He was more fatigued and started feeling short of breath. Saturday, he tried to exercise and quickly became short of breath. Sunday, we tried to stroll with the kids, the shortness of breath reoccurred, and Chip had to sit down several times to rest.

We exchanged emails with Dr. B, his oncologist at Johns Hopkins, and she instructed us to discontinue chemo and be seen first thing Monday. Chip had a physical with Dr. D Monday morning, and we are now at Virginia Hospital Center.

Chip has pleural effusion (fluid around both lungs) and pericardial effusion (about 500 ccs of fluid around the heart instead of the usual 15-50 MLs). He is having a surgical procedure called a pericardial window at noon today (Tuesday). They will go in through the ribs to insert a tube to drain fluid off his heart, and may try to drain the lungs at the same time. The drained fluid will be sent to cytology for further testing.

His scans show that the tumor in his lung is larger, and a new tumor has shown up on his spine. All this is adding up to the fact that the Xalkori (his anti-cancer drug) has likely run its course and is no longer effective.

Chip will be in the hospital for several days recovering from surgery. That is the short term. Long term re: cancer treatment, we just don’t know. Please continue to keep us in your prayers, and I’ll update here soon. Thank you – we are so grateful for your support.

– Sheila





53 Responses to “At the Hospital”

  1. Deb Roberts February 26, 2013 at 8:22 AM #

    God Bless you and keep you strong Shelia, Chip, Joe, Crosby and family. You will be in our prayers.

    • Penny Walker February 26, 2013 at 9:52 AM #

      The prayer group here in Breakenridge are praying for all of you. Praying for you to feel Gods arms wrapped around you and to give you all strength, faith, courage & willpower – We love you, Mamahenny & Daddy Charles Walker And Dennis & Dianne Corbin

  2. Shannon Davis February 26, 2013 at 8:43 AM #

    Ok, dearest….this prayer warrior is going into high gear RIGHT THIS MINUTE.

    Father God, surround, no, flood Sheila and Chip with your presence. Bless, protect and reassure them today as Chip undergoes the procedure to drain the fluid surrounding his heart and within his lungs. Guide the hands of his surgeon and medical team. Ensure the swift success of this procedure. Father, provide a new and successful course of action for Chip’s treatment. Restore their hope, Father, and give them the reassurance that they do not walk alone. Amen.

    Sweet girl – HANG IN THERE. We who love you and your family are covering you in prayer. Keep us posted as able, and keep the faith.


  3. Stacey Ring February 26, 2013 at 8:50 AM #

    I’m praying in Indiana! ❤

  4. Caitlin Kiley February 26, 2013 at 8:53 AM #

    Lots of Love and Prayers being sent from Lexington!

  5. Kevin ONeill February 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM #

    keep on trucking buddy

  6. Sean & Vanessa February 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM #

    Keep fighting (we know you will). Cancer has no clue what it is up against! Wishing you and family the strength and willpower needed to carry on. Lots of love and hoping for the best today!

    • Mary Wason February 26, 2013 at 10:57 AM #

      You are in our prayers.
      We Send Much Love.
      Mary and Earle

      • Darrell & Elaine Umlah February 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM #

        Sending hugs and prayers from New Hampshire, stay KENNETT strong !

  7. Laurie Lankford February 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM #

    The praying continues………………….

  8. Hadder Rendon February 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM #

    ‘And We Know that all things work togheter for good to those who Love God……..
    What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us” Rom 8:28-31. Our Prayers with you and your family.
    Group of Life Germantown MD

  9. sarah montgomery kennett February 26, 2013 at 1:48 PM #

    Love You Guys! Hoping For The Very Best Today and Always Thinking of Your Family! XOXOXO

  10. Tommy February 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM #

    Praying for you & both, Sheila.

  11. Heather Skeeles-Shiner February 26, 2013 at 1:58 PM #

    The Shiners are praying praying praying for you guys! We think of you all the time and know that you have so many people behind you!

  12. Larkin Warren February 26, 2013 at 2:18 PM #

    Big prayers, for each of you, for ALL of you, for your continued courage, fierceness and faith, and prayers for Chip’s docs as well, for their wisdom and judgment.

  13. Lisa Conte February 26, 2013 at 2:52 PM #

    Love and prayers coming from me and Eric. Coraggio!

  14. Alexa, Slim, Sam and Max Kimberley-Bryant February 26, 2013 at 2:54 PM #

    The Kimberley-Bryants here – sending tons of positive thoughts and energy to all of you. Be strong! You can do it Chip!

  15. Nikki Duncan Cleveland February 26, 2013 at 2:54 PM #

    I am sorry for both of you and know the uncertainty is the worst part. I am not at Virginia or Hopkins- but, just a medical oncologist in Mississippi. If you need anything- do not hesitate to call…

    Hang in there- nikki

  16. Jeanne Doherty February 26, 2013 at 3:01 PM #

    Dear Sheila, Chip, Joe and Crosby: You are in our thoughts every day. I think of you every time I pass by your parents’ house. I hope all goes well today. We will continue to pray for all of you.

  17. Dana & Barbara Cosby February 26, 2013 at 3:09 PM #

    Our positve thoughts and prayers continue to go out to you and your whole family!

  18. annette February 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM #

    Hi Sheila

    I haven’t left a reply up till now for various reasons but I feel now is as good a time as any…… I am a friend of bayard and Theresa’s and although Bayard keeps all of us in the loop I also read your posts. I have so much I would love to say but I know you all must be over whelmed …… most importantly I really just wanted to reach out and say that even folks you are not aware of are praying for you all…… xoxoxo from all of us who have been silent on your family’s journey. Just know you are ALL in our thoughts and prayers full time!

  19. Marcy Scoggins February 26, 2013 at 3:46 PM #

    Prayers and love from Madison! Thinking of you guys.

  20. Dan & Darlene Bailey February 26, 2013 at 3:55 PM #

    Thinking of you all everyday. Lots of prayers are on your way from the Comway’s.

  21. Kevin Kiley February 26, 2013 at 4:01 PM #

    Thoughts, prayers, love, & ass slaps coming from Lexington!

  22. Brooke, Patrick, Elle & Reid February 26, 2013 at 4:23 PM #

    Sending y’all tons of love and support. You’ve got this, Chippewa. Love y’all.

  23. Amanda Wood February 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM #


    Constant prayers are coming to all of you and sending you lots and lots of strength!!


  24. Molly Wilkinson February 26, 2013 at 5:02 PM #

    Hey am sending prayers and love to you all!

  25. Judy February 26, 2013 at 5:05 PM #

    Sending love and prayers from The Brett Family.

  26. Barb Kennett February 26, 2013 at 5:43 PM #

    You are in our thoughts and prayers eveyday.
    Barb and Curt

  27. Resa Kierstein February 26, 2013 at 5:47 PM #

    positive thoughts, love and prayers coming your way

  28. Debra Selmi February 26, 2013 at 5:48 PM #

    Just want to keep up with news on Chip if you could add me to team Kennett when you can.

  29. Pam, Phil and Justin Porter February 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM #

    Sending lots of love and prayers to the Kennett family!!!!! Continue being strong!!!!
    Pam, Phil and Justin Porter

  30. Joanne Montgomery February 26, 2013 at 8:13 PM #

    Sending positive thoughts and prayer your way, Joanne Montgomery

  31. Bob Bello February 26, 2013 at 8:45 PM #

    Chip, sorry we couldn’t make lunch work. All of the Bello’s are pulling for you and we have our friends prying for you also.

  32. Taylor Jones February 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM #

    Sheila–Mara forwarded me your blog. We are sending up some prayers for you guys. Let me know if we can ever do anything for you. We live just up the street from Virginia Hospital Center, so even if you just want a place closeby to shower, my house is your house.

  33. Jana Whealdon February 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM #

    Prayers for Team Kennett. I am so glad that Chip had been doing so well until this past weekend. I pray that this will be only a temporary set back.

  34. Gary and Karen MacDonald February 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM #

    Stay strong! Stay positive! You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  35. Mandy McDonald February 26, 2013 at 9:21 PM #

    Sending healing thoughts your way…xoxo from NH

  36. Barbara February 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM #

    Brad and Barbara — sending our best wishes and love…..hang tough take care we are thinking of you

  37. Edwina Drummond Boose February 27, 2013 at 12:35 AM #

    Edwina Drummond-(Drew and Ben’s Mom) the entire Kennet family has shown remarkable courage. Your words have impacted our lives in a very meaningful way. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Try to keep those amazing positive spirits in your soul. We think of you everyday.

  38. Caroline Riss February 27, 2013 at 2:01 AM #

    Sending love . Thinking of you all.

  39. Lori February 27, 2013 at 3:36 AM #

    We love you and we are praying for you. God has this! ❤

  40. Cheryl McMahon February 27, 2013 at 8:18 AM #

    The McMahons from NH and Myrtle Beach, you are in our prayers, sending positive vibs your way.

  41. Walter Henderson February 27, 2013 at 9:37 AM #

    The Hendersons are sending massive quantities of positive vibes your way…Walter, Jocelyn and Nico

  42. abby kussell February 27, 2013 at 9:51 AM #

    Sending you a HUGE hug Chip, Sheila, and family. Keep fighting and fighting. Huge hugs from Boston. Xox, Abs

  43. Lisa Nieman February 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM #

    Chip and Sheila,
    Ted and I think of and pray for you and your little ones everyday. We are in awe of your strength, courage, and positive attitudes. Keep fighting and know you have so many people pulling for you!

  44. Aimee Frechette February 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM #

    We are thinking of you all each and every day! Wearing our Team Kennett bracelets proudly! Feel the healing vibes from Conway!

  45. Jane Abbott MacDonald February 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM #

    Chip and Sheila,
    Every day I think of you and your beautiful family. Wishing you all my positive vibes from Moscow! Be strong! You can beat this!
    Love and prayers,
    Jane Abbott MacDonald

  46. Jobie and George Frechette February 27, 2013 at 9:30 PM #

    Keeping you close to our hearts and always in our thoughts and prayers. Draw your strength from those who surround you. Never loose the passion.
    Love to all, Jobie

  47. April Hall Lipscomb February 27, 2013 at 10:13 PM #

    Prayers coming your way, all the way from Como, MS!

  48. stefi reed hastings February 28, 2013 at 1:56 PM #

    Your Fryeburg Fan Club sends you both strong healing vibes and much much love.

  49. Debbie Sweeney March 6, 2013 at 6:59 AM #

    Very Glad Chip Is Home, All Of You Take Care and STAy Positive, Conway has your back, I Think of you all everyday, and your in my daily prayers. Enjoy everyday and remember to take 1 day at a time. XOXOXO

  50. gerry lamb March 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM #

    Love and strength to Chip, Sheila, Joe and Crosby, we are all pulling for you! Gerry

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