|Eli's cabbage plant homework from his first|
day back at school in March.
Eli had his regular chemo appointment on Friday in Huntsville. His ANC just missed the cut-off and he did not get a full dose. His ears are much better, but not clear and he has not had any reaction from the antibiotic change. His weight is down, and if I can’t get him to bump up the calories this week, we may put him on an appetite stimulant. I HATE, HATE to put him on more medicine. But, he just has no wiggle room… or he has too much wiggle room in his waist line, so we need to stop the loss now. He was borderline maintaining his weight even on a good day, so then with having to fight these ear infections with an antibiotic on his belly made it tough for him to want to eat much.
|Eli and his teacher when he started back to|
school and was given the cabbage plant.
School wrapped up last week. We didn’t finish third grade with the same outlook as we started, so it was probably better that Eli miss the last day anyway. We are so proud of his cabbage plant that was given to him when he started back to school in March, after the relapse news. We didn't kill it! Actually, we put it in a pot outside and forgot about it while we were on our trips, and moving, etc. So, we planted and God did the rest. It, evidently, has been a feast for a little rabbit, because the back of the plant is bald. We have put it up on the play fort, so hopefully, it will recover. Caleb
|Eli on the playground on the last day of school.|
I know you all have been eagerly (and probably anxiously) awaiting our next “Give Back when I Go Back” campaign for June’s MRI. Rest easy because it’s easy, but don’t underestimate the impact. Something that Eli liked to do during his treatment in Memphis, and something that he still does when we go back now - because ya’ll spoil him so much - is check his mail. One time when we lived at Target House during his first treatment, I had to actually go to the distribution room, and while I stood there they asked me who he was, just to be nice and making small talk with him - trying to make small talk
|Caleb's graduation program. He was so pleased to be part of it.|
day, none. Such a simple thing that brings such great joy to these little guys when there is a letter there for them. St. Jude has a “program,” I guess I will call it, where you can send mail to a patient and it is given out when a kid does’t have mail. So, technically, we won’t be “taking” anything “back” to Memphis (yes, my OCD might flare a little), because we would like for anyone that can to send mail to St. Jude during the month of June. If you have a Sunday school class, or office group, or if you just individually can do this, please prepare to mail a letter or card addressed to “A Special St. Jude Patient, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.” If you do not want to use your own address as the return address, please use “Friends of Eli The Eliminator, 107 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611”. Patients range in age from 0 to 21, so keep the cards generic in age and theme (everybody likes puppies or sunshine, but not everybody
|Caleb and his teacher, Ms. Stacey.|
|We bring the party on chemo days.|