Thursday, December 6, 2007

Snow Day

Henry's second round of chemotherapy medicines began yesterday. We started again with Methotrexate and Vincristine. The doctors have decided to administer only half of the Vincristine this time due to the constipation complications that Henry endured last cycle. We've been assured that this will not compromise his outcome. These drugs work in tandem with one another and the doses are based only on weight and height so some individual tweaking is expected.

Henry and Tara slept well last night which was a relief to everyone. Anna and Sophie do not have school today and are currently out helping our generous neighborhood children in clearing the driveway of the cause. I suspect some hot chocolate and indoor playtime will be in order later to warm them up.

I'm enjoying a quiet day of cleanup, laundry and organizing holiday details. Its nice to be busy with those things but I find myself easily distracted and daydreaming a bit - just phasing out and kind of forgetting what I'm supposed to be doing. There is a rhythm in the hospital. There are things that need to be tended to and now without those immediate demands, its so easy to become lost in thoughts.

Later today we plan on taking a trip to Baltimore to visit Henry. I had the girls wear masks for a while today to make sure that they can tolerate it if need be. Sophie is coughing a lot so I'm thinking they'll be a needed precaution. We'll decorate Henry's room and just let them be together for a while. It will be good for them to see where he is and meet some of the people that help to take care of their brother.

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