Saturday, March 17, 2012

03/17/12 - Happy St. Pats!

I love this time of year.  Today is St. Patrick's Day, time for our once per year corned beef and cabbage!  It's March Madness, and I love bracketology and stats (and competition, of course).  Plus softball season, Spring weather, Easter coming up.  Not to mention, my birthday is three weeks away (yep, on Easter this year!).  So, I have been horribly sick and cranky for over a week now, but counting my blessings and especially today when I could wake up and watch the rain for awhile.

Adam had his third clinic appointment of Interim Maintenance II on Thursday.  Three down, three to go!  The surprises included a chest x-ray for his coughing that won't go away (still no news or concerns other than that he has a cold), nausea (threw up just once on Thursday), and fever (Friday night, but seems to be gone now).  He is still taking the antibiotic for his ear ache, so that could be affecting his stomach, but I am thinking that the accumulation of chemotherapy treatments is harder on his body.  He didn't react to anything in the first 5 months, but the past 3 months it seems he has (and none are new, just the second time around).  It usually lasts a few days, and then he feels better.  His ANC is still high at 3500, so we are thinking he can go to his cousin's house tonight (date night, yeay!) and a birthday party Sunday.  Double yeay!  Still plugging along and getting positive reviews from the doctors.  We are even starting to see some peach fuzz growing back on his head.  Hard to see, though since it is pretty white!  Glad to see he will still be a blonde when it all comes in :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

03/11/12 - So Much for That

Just kidding....

So, Adam got a fever Thurs night.  It was only at 100, and went down to 99 in a few hours, so nothing to worry about.  Except...
Friday afternoon he is complaining of an earache. Off to Dr. Ross who asks about the wheezing in his lungs.  Since that has been going on for weeks, he starts a breathing treatment.  Come to also find out, Adam has a raging ear infection!  Again...
So, we're on antibiotics and an inhaler.  Hoping this is enough to nip it this time.  Last time we were admitted for 2 days.  As long as there is no fever, we don't have to go to Children's.  Even Adam, despite the toys and room service, is begging not to go there! 

We are having serious trouble shaking the bug that entered our house in, like, January!  That was the first ear infection.  I got the cough (still not gone).  Josh got laid out sick a couple weeks ago.  Rachel had a low grade fever Thurs.  I am hoping I don't have a sinus infection now, but can't check until next week.  We have taken cold medicine, vitamins, airborne, you name it!  Maybe should try rest? Hmmm...  Now that's a thought...  Health is such a blessing-taken-for-granted!

Monday, March 5, 2012

03/05/12 - March On

I think we are in the clear for awhile.  No sign of headaches for 4+ days now.  No known soda addiction.  Cold/cough is on the mend and almost gone from our household.  The one thing that remains... Nightmares from the Lorax.  For the first time, Adam saw a commercial on TV and asked for the product.  He wanted to see the Lorax in the movie theater.  We were a little worried that it was PG, not G, but it is Dr. Seuss - rhymes, cutesy characters, cheesy songs!  We were actually more worried about Rachel for the rating, and an hour and a half is a long time to sit quietly for our bouncy three year old.  But she was fine and enjoyed the movie from the previews to end!  I should have known when they showed a preview for a new chimpanzee movie (documentary with a story line), and Adam asked, "what are they running from?"  I said, "I don't know, we have to see the movie to find out."  His response?  "How about you see the movie and tell me what happened."  He wanted to know what they were running from, but it looked to scary to watch himself.  So, Adam was frightened by the darker-colored, suspenseful parts in the Lorax and wanted to go home about half way through (and we didn't even see it in 3D).  So, as a parent, what do you do at that point?  I have two thoughts, "be careful little eyes what you see," and the good guy always wins in these movies, if he doesn't see that I won't be able to convince him.  I decided on the latter.  Not sure about the long term damage yet.  He still didn't like the movie, and he woke up early this morning scared of his dreams. The rest of us enjoyed the movie though.  Bright, whimsical, not the same as the book, very reminiscent to Despicable Me with some debatable underlying messages, but if you can stick to the "save the trees," I would recommend it.  

You would think that today would be more scary for Adam than an animated cartoon (maybe it was the embedded political messages)?  We have a clinic appointment for an IV chemo, Mexathrexate.  But at this point, it's just routine...  Going through the motions.  We'll bring the Ipad and some card games and hang out.  Besides the yellow fluid running through his IV for awhile, it's great bonding time.  Plus, we'll stop for lunch on the way home (my favorite is Genova's deli, but I guess I'll let Adam pick). These appointments don't usually wear him down.  If his blood counts are affected, it will take several days.  So, on with the show!  Wishing you a bright, whimsical Spring week!