Monday, February 23, 2009
You know you have good friends when you have a bad day, gripe and complain a little, and they still come around and want to hang out with you.
You, my blog reading friend, are one of those pals! Thank you!
I'd like to ask you to pray for Von tomorrow. Some of the drugs he takes to kill the cancer also attack muscles, bones and structural components in his extremities. Recently he has not been walking as much and tires easily. (I get this way when it comes time to mow the lawn and will have to remember the medical terminology to try and use on my wife as an excuse.)
Von got braces recently and loves wearing them. I've been so impressed with our family and visitors who come over and make a big to-do over the fact that he gets to wear these and how cool they are. At his age, he looks to us for how he should respond to stuff and it's an easy sell if you call them Star Wars boots or his monkey boots. (He puts a half-peeled banana in between the bottom of his feet and the braces and eats it like curious George eats a banana with his feet.)
You and I would want to get out our long pants to cover them. Von? He asked Lisa on the way home from the hospital to stop at Target and buy him some shorts so he could show them off.
Von's treatments will last three more years, but the more intense treatments come in the first six months. We're entering month five and six and then it is on to the maintenance stage.
Because of the intensity of this last stage before maintenance, he has to be healthy and ready to take the last barrage of steroids and chemo. They call it 'delayed intensification' with is a really convenient phrase for 'the poopiest part of the whole deal'.
Today Von was flagged at his checkup for some abnormalities in his bone structures and they suspect the steroids have done damage and are hesitant to proceed. He goes in for a 4 hour MRI tomorrow to see what is up.
I'd like to ask you to pray for his protection while he is put under anesthesia for that long. I'd like for there to be nothing wrong with him and I'd like for us to be able to proceed to the last stage of the first 6 months.
Thanks for your love and support! If you're in the area, stop on by. We'll invent some new names for Von's boots together and eat a banana in any fashion that suites your fancy!