Friday, June 27, 2008

Home for the Weekend

Henry finished up an uneventful week at Hopkins. His counts remain low, but not so low so as to preclude his radiation. He now has only one treatment to his spine, after which his bone marrow can take a much needed break! We'll continue for the next two weeks with the rest of the brain radiation. We still don't have a finish date yet, but hope to soon.

The girls have been busy on a beach week and a week of day camp, and it's been a long time since we've spent a few uninterrupted days as a family. We're looking forward to getting on each other's nerves again! Henry was in great spirits all week, but has had a number of emotional breakdowns today. We spend so much mental energy trying to decide why: the cancer, the radiation, the travel, the disruption of his home life. Sometimes I think we forget that all three year olds have bad days every so often!

He's once again a cue-ball, all that soft peach fuzz that was coming back in is gone again. We anticipated this, of course, and take it as a sign that the other fast-growing cells that the radiation beams have encountered are likely suffering as well. We've been told that some children get sunburn-like burns to the skin, as well as pain with swallowing due to damage to the throat and esophagus. Of course, we are hoping he'll skate through without any major problems, but we listen very closely when he complains of things. Today he refused to eat lunch since his throat hurt, but he's not mentioned it again the rest of the day. It will be nice to give him a two day break over the weekend.

The Scheck house has a lot of plans this weekend, not the least of which is to start to prepare for the big yard sale and our very own Alex's Lemonade Stand. Hope you all have a great weekend as well!


Anonymous said...

Glad you're all home together for the weekend. Have a great time getting the lemonade stand ready!


Anonymous said...

Good to hear Henry is being such a trooper. I think about you guys fairly often and hope all is well, and hoping Henry shows improvement.


Anonymous said...

Alexis wants to come over and help with your lemonade stand since I'm an evil mother who won't let her have one of her own this 4th of July!


Anonymous said...

Thx for the update on the Scheck family. Hope you had a relaxing weekend.
Congrats on doing so well with your Lemonade Stand.

Anonymous said...

I know you are anxious for all this radiation to be over and your little boy healthy again! Enjoy your weekend! We love you all.

Thanks for keeping us updated!

Cousin Susan H.

Anonymous said...

Hello, family. I've not been communicating lately, but I want you to know that I do read the blog and appreciate it so much. You are in my thoughts constantly & prayers, of course. I think of this time last year when we were together reunioning at Folly. I miss you all. Please give sweet Henry a hug huge and kiss for me. What a brave little man. You all are so strong and loving and good.

I hope the yard sale and lemonade stand went well. Mucho love and kisses, Cousin Fran