|Eli waiting at the clinic for lab work.|
|The shoebox is in the chair with him. He wears them in most pictures|
from treatment the first go-round.
|He is my side-kick.|
|Waiting for allergic reaction to surface.|
Eli is still fighting the congestion and ear infections that got out of control after chemo last time. The one rupture has healed, but he still has infection behind both ear drums, and the cough is not much better, if any. He has some jaw pain, now, too, which the pediatrician thinks is from his lymph node being aggravated. He said that the ears should be further along by now, so he wanted to switch the antibiotic. During Eli’s first protocol at St. Jude, he had a horrible reaction to an antibiotic, so since then we have stayed away from the common family of antibiotics which includes Omnicef - something he got many times when he was little without issue. The only other choice was Septra. Really… Septra? Well, you might remember, that recently we deduced that the Septra he was on regularly might be suppressing his counts which kept him from getting full doses of chemo. He has chemo on Friday, so I really didn’t want his counts to be low. So, we decided to test the allergy. We took it in the office for the doc to watch him, and he did fine. So, I am hopeful that it will work quickly so that he is healthy for the most part going into chemo on Friday.
If you have ever wanted to try out participating in a 5k race, I’ve got the perfect one for you! Our school and Bankston Motor Homes is hosting “Lite the Nite 5k” in honor of Eli on June 20th at 7:30 p.m. There will be plenty of walkers at this race, and beginning runners, so this is a great opportunity to check your first experience off your list. You have plenty of time to prepare. My suggestion is to test yourself, and if you can finish 3.1 miles in 45 minutes, you are good to go. Eli may be in Memphis for his next MRI, but we are trying to work that out differently, however, getting that done will be paramount.
This is the last week of school. Caleb graduates from pre-school Thursday, and I will truly miss that little school. I may be remembering wrong, but I think Abbey started there when she was three (we did not live here when Hg was preschool age), which would make this the end of our eighth year
|Trying to impress his new teacher.|
We are hopeful that we get the ok from insurance (again!) to go ahead with carpet in the house. There was some dispute as to the area that was covered, and as to how much the carpet was worth that
|Overlooking the grounds of the former LaGrange College.|
The girls and I enjoyed a girl scout overnight at LaGrange College Mountain. It rained in the morning, and it was a pretty chore-heavy trip. They like to explore and do crafts and just play mostly, but still it was fun to at least have a little trip away and Abbey always loves any opportunity she has to be with friends. She is a friend gal. She has been doing some better with her sleep walking, though she did get up last night. She and I slept in the car at the camp-out, and I pretty much slept as good as I do anywhere. The air was cool, and there was a light rain for most of the night. I am the troop leader for the cadets, of which there are only four, and just three of them came. I am mostly just helping each pursue and hopefully obtain her Silver Award - the highest individual award for a cadet. I just helped them narrow down a project and get them started
|Learning how to make a camp fire. The smile makes me nervous.|
|The "Big Girls"(yes, even the one on the end).|
The little Georgia boys are on my mind as Nolan’s time is obviously short, and I am so fearful for this young mother and his brothers and sister. Brayden is having a hard time in and out of the hospital fighting peripheral ailments, such as allergic reactions to platelets. Eli would have a reaction to platelets, too, during his first rodeo. It is so hard to have those things happening while fighting cancer, too. Brayden has his MRI on the 28th, so please, please storm the heavens that this concoction of drugs is the smoking gun for him and all the kids. My personal thought is that even if these drugs affect these tumors, it is still temporary because I think they still do not have this disease narrowed down enough, and they are still not targeting the root cause - which I think is viral. So, my complete opinion - and I am as far as anyone can get from understanding anything sciencey, - is that until a vaccine - yes, a vaccine - is found for that virus, they are only treating the symptoms. I really think they are going to have to think outside petri dish to cure it.