Sunday, June 1, 2008

A Different Kind of Radiation


The solar variety. Courtesy of Uncle Frank, we enjoyed a fabulous weekend at Bethany Beach this weekend. Our hope was to get there before radiation, and also before the ocean water got warm enough to tempt Henry (since he still has a catheter in his chest he can't get wet). It was toe-curling cold, so the objective was met. However, we had a blast playing in the sand, the tidepools, and hitting the boardwalk.

At least one of these two is going to be giving her daddy an ulcer a few years from now. We are so not ready for teenagers.



Henry terrorized the boardwalk seagulls with his mogocycle. He felt responsible to clear it so all of the people could walk where they wanted.


One of our favorite anecdotes of the weekend also happened on the boardwalk. Henry and Bryan were going back to the car, and Bryan noticed that Henry was moving an inch at a time on his mogocycle, which normally runs pretty fast. Bryan asked him what was going on, and Henry whispered, motioning to the Bethany policeman standing close by, "I didn't want to get pulled over for going too fast." He was dead serious, too.

Unfortunately, all was not fun and games. Henry had some stomach issues this weekend, and is definitely losing weight again. He vomited once on Friday night, and I can't pretend that it didn't scare us to death. Headaches and vomiting bring back a lot of ugly memories. We had a reassuring phone call with the on-call oncologist, and plan to follow up with a call to our own oncologist tomorrow. Henry's energy level and appetite picked up a lot today, though we still didn't get in as many calories as we would have liked. Still, we're feeling better about him seeing how he looked today.

9 comments:

rlbates said...

Wonderful pictures and stories. I love that Henry is "afraid of getting pulled over for speeding". Hope that is still true when he is 16 yo.

Evil Lunch Lady said...

Just wonderful! I'm gla to see all the smiling faces:)

Good luck with radiation Henry, I'm cheering for you!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say still thinking of u all, the pictures were great, it looked beatiful there and soooo relaxing I'm sure. Best wishes on ur next journey thru radiation and I'll stay posted.

Love, Shelly

ms. t. said...

Wow. What great pictures! I was thinking of you all this weeked as we were finishing up Joe's soccer games. I wish I could tell you not to worry about Henry's symptoms but with his appetitie returning I would say its all good!

My love and heart goes out to all of you as little Henry embarks on radiation therapy. Stay positive!

Ms.T

Anonymous said...

Great pictures and stories from the beach. Glad that Henry is a conscientious driver. The girls look gorgeous. Very nice of Uncle Frank to share the love.
Miss Susan

Anonymous said...

LOVED THIS! Henry looked so mischievous on his mogocycle, running off those birds! HILARIOUS! That cracked me up! For a second, I thought he was going to run those people down, too! HA! So funny he was afraid he'd get pulled over for speeding... has he witnessed this with Mommy or Daddy, I ask?!?! HA!

Hate to hear about the weight loss/vomiting. But in the picture of him, he looked really good. His eyes speak volumes, they really do. What a beautiful child he is...

And yes, I fear you are going to have your hands full with your girls! They look feisty! You are so blessed with your 3 children!

Much love to you... thanks so much for keeping us posted on things. The beach looked GORGEOUS -- glad you could get away & enjoy it even if the water was freezing!

Hugs to you all.

xo Gwen & the gang

Anonymous said...

Henry,
My favorite place it the beach! Looked like soooo much fun.

Thank you for sharing the pictures!

Cousin Susan H.

Anonymous said...

Schecks, the beach get away sounded fantastic. I am heading to Rehobath this weekend with friends.....nothing is more peaceful to me than the beach. Wish we had Henry and his speeding Mogocycle to provide our enjoyment.

Uncle Frank is a good guy.

You are so right, your girls will be a handful. Love their smiles.

Good luck getting Henry's calories back up. What a challenge.

So grateful that you have the JH gang to access, even when away at the beach.

take care nk

Anonymous said...

The pictures were great. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time away. Wishing you all the best as you start down your new road tomorrow with radiation. Henry is a tough cookie and we wish only the best for him!!!! Looking forward to seeing him playing out on that finished swing set Bryan!!!!!

Love, Julie, Brad, Patrick, Andrew and Samantha