Saturday, September 24, 2011

09/24/11 Out and About

Yesterday Adam had clinic.  They did his first LP of Methotrexate in Phase 2 (i.e. Consolidation).  Unfortunately, the procedure wasn't until 3 pm, so he was again tired, cranky, and ravenous.  He asked to go to the "planetarium" as soon as he woke up from anesthesia (meaning "cafeteria").  Lol.  Daddy took him to get pizza and Doritos.  Mommy spoiled him last time, so there was nothing else he could be convinced to eat!  Oops.  Oh well.  At least it's the little things that keep him happy.  Coming home he was tired and had a headache.  He napped on the couch for about an hour, woke up for a meatball sandwich (his third in three days), and a bath.  Since he almost fell asleep in the bathtub, we turned in early.  Both Adam and me!

The doctor said some things that made us feel pretty confident.  1) we almost made a record of how soon we were released from the hospital after he was diagnosed.  I wanted to know how close we were.. maybe we could find a way that we did break the record.  That's my alter-competitive-ego talking. 2) That he went into Consolidation much sooner than they expected.  Another great sign of recovery and we've got one tough cookie. 3) his ANC levels were so high right now, we could go out and have some fun without much worrying.  Basically, as long as we don't take him somewhere a sick person is going to breath on him, we're ok.  So, we decided to take the kids to Gilroy Gardens since we had bought a membership over the summer (that we've, of course, only used once).

Gilroy was fun, felt like the first thing normal we've all done in over a month, but also one of the most stressful experiences yet.  I have never been so aware of germs nor felt so vulnerable in public. All I saw were grimy fingerprints left on the handlebars of the rides, stray hairs on seats, kids sucking their thumbs and then touching hand rails, and the man getting out of the car we were getting into coughing all over the place.  Yuck!  We were at the park for 2 hours total, but at least 30 minutes of that were bathroom breaks to wash our hands.  I've never used so much hand sanitizer and soap - EVER!  On a lighter note, coincidentally we saw Elaine and the Mendenhall clan there!  I think the last time we ran into them was at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Random, huh?  You live 5 minutes from someone...  Anyways, Katie was excited to see Adam, but he was being standoffish.  Kind of his M-O right now - not real social and a little self conscious.  I think he was mostly pretty tired by that time and starting to get cranky.  That, or he already realizes girls have cooties?  He asked to leave while we were in line for the super-crowded train ride, and we were happy to oblige.  Nonetheless, the short trip to the theme park was a full day of fun for us.  The kids don't realize how long they were there - they just know they went to Gilroy Gardens today.  And I have pics to prove it :)  We'll take what we can get. 


  1. What precious family time...praying for more soon!

  2. What a crazy coincidence running into you guys again! It was great to see Adam even if Katie was a little too much for him.