Monday, June 22, 2009

Swine Flu

We've had a Swine Flu scare around here. We're still waiting on Brent's test results. He has been miserable with all the classic Swine Flu symptoms. I feel pretty yucky myself though it hasn't hit me as hard as him. None of that really matters....all that matters is making sure Tyler doesn't get sick. His oncologist went ahead and started him on Tamiflu as a precaution and so far he is doing fine. We just pray that we started it soon enough.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Grab Your Tissues

I saw this story online this morning and just couldn't help but cry. Grab some tissues before you read it!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


It has been quite awhile since my last update. Here goes....

First and foremost, Tyler is doing well. We still have our challenges, especially during "roid rage." But, for the most part, we are holding steady. He continues to amaze us each day with his strength and perseverance. He had clinic last week and he did great. His counts have been pretty typical, no real alarm bells. We just pray each day that this will continue and that we can get through the next ten months without any major issues.

I stay very positive for the most part. But then I will hear about another child who has relapsed and it freaks me out. I try hard not to imagine what that would mean in our own lives. But cancer is not predictable. All we can do is live day to day, be thankful for each moment we get, pray and fight!

In other news.....Nathaniel had his rectal biopsies done and, thank goodness, it does not appear that he has Hirschsprung's disease. He did show ganglion cells in his tissue samples. This is both an answer to prayers and frustrating because we are back at the beginning. Don't get me wrong; I am VERY thankful that he does not have to have surgery or a colostomy. I just wish we had some more definate answers. However, we both trust his doctor and know that he will help us get through this. For now the plan is to increase his dose of Miralax and begin adding additional medications to help ease his constipation. If this doesn't help, we will explore some other options. Dr. Rossi thinks that because he was a micro-preemie, he may just need continued time to grow and he may grow out of this phase. We certainly hope that is the case.

Emmalee, Nathaniel and I got back from our trip last Monday. Please let apologize to all of our friends and family in Utah. We literally had less than 24 hours in Salt Lake. We drove straight from the airport to Elko when we arrived, drove straight through to Wyoming the next weekend and then spent less than 12 hours in the hotel before we flew home. I am so sad that we didn't get to see all of you! I guess this means we'll just have to come out again....or you'll have to come and visit us!!

We had a great time, minus the fact that the kids were sick for a few days. They both ended up with a nasty stomach virus and then poor Emmalee got a urinary tract infection. Not fun. As Emma said, "you're not apposed to get sick on cation." So true!

The rest of our trip was a lot of fun. My oldest niece graduated from high school. I'm still not sure if I believe it or not. Where did the time go? It was a blessing to be there and spend time with my family. I can't believe how much I missed them! It is very hard to live so far away.

We spent the second week of our trip in Wyoming, spending time with my dad and my grandma. My grandma has Alzheimer's and her memory is really starting to deteriorate. I am so thankful that I had time with her! She is one of the kindest, most loving people I have ever known. It was just incredible to be home with her and have that time together.

On our way back to the airport we stopped and spent time with my aunt, uncle and cousins. That was so much fun! I just wish we had more time together.

I think Emmalee's favorite parts of our trip were spending time with her cousins and following my dad around like a puppy. She had so much fun! She tells me every day how much she misses everyone and wishes we could see them. I agree!

Tyler did alright while I was gone. Brent said he asked for me quite often. I expected him to be thrilled to see me when we got back. He wasn't, at least not at first. It took him several hours to really pay attention to me and a couple of days for him to get over being mad at me. Poor kiddo. As much as I enjoyed my trip, I don't think I will ever be able to leave him for that long again. Thankfully he had his daddy home with him during the evenings and weekends and our amazing friend Hannah with him while Brent worked.

I have a million pictures to get posted but that will have to wait for another day. :)

All in all things are going well. Thank you to everyone for your love, prayers and support. It is because of you that we make it through this fight every day. We love you all!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Thank You!

Emmalee has truly enjoyed her time in Nursery School this year. Tomorrow is the last day. I'm not sure which of us is sadder to see it end. Although, her reasons are probably different than mine. *smile*

I wanted to do something special for her teacher and the assistants. I really wanted to avoid the typical teacher gifts but I am painfully non-creative. Never fear, Google to the rescue! I found this super cute idea and it was very, very easy as well as affordable. We got each of them a small plant. Then I took a picture of Emmalee and went to the store to one of those photo machines. I added text and a border to the picture. The picture says "Thank you for helping me grow," along with her name and the date. Emmalee decorated the little pots to make them extra special. They ended up being around $3 each.

Thank goodness for Google!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Music Education

There are many things in this world that I simply don't understand. One that always upsets me is when I hear that schools have had to cut music education programs due to lack of funds. I truly believe that music should be as fundamental as reading, writing, math, etc.

I have seen music work wonders in my own family, especially for Tyler. Watching him engage with his Dad while Brent plays the piano is incredible. Seeing him interact with his music therapists is amazing. It has opened up his level of communication and brings him out of his shell. I simply can't imagine him not being able to experience this in school....or any of my other children, for that matter.

Here's another example of the importance of music education in schools.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Be The Match!!

From now until June 22nd you can sign up to be a bone marrow donor for FREE! By joining the registry you could potentially help save the life of someone with cancer. You can sign up through the mail. It's quick, easy and painless. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to sign up for FREE today!!!!