Sunday, May 21, 2006

Bounce With Him

You know what's weird? We're doing ok.

Thomas has been home since Wednesday, and he's ...great! We don't expect him to get sick from this last round of chemo for a couple more days, but still, he seems so healthy and happy right now. I'm hopeful that it'll last.

Thomas has been using these "up" days to work. It seems he's considering a career in hip hop. He's been drumming this week - a mix of spoon-on-pie-pan and hand-on-water-bottle, and he's getting really good at bouncing on his bottom and wiggling on his belly. I see MTV in our future, for sure.

Today, while Thomas and his dad were playing - I mean, rehearsing - I took a walk. I thought about how the cloud of doom that has been sitting over us since February has lifted lately. For now, at least, Thomas is growing and learning, and we've worked out a lot of the med and mecahnical kinks that we had at first.

So we're not out of the woods, but we're definitely breathing more easily. If you've been reading along here or have any experience with long-term illness, you know there's no telling what tomorrow will bring. After chemo, there are six weeks of radiation in August that may take us out of town* and after that, well, I haven't had the strength to imagine or ask.

But for now, for as far as we can see, we're ok. We've raised enough money for one of us to stay home this year, we've paid off some of the high-interest debt that was cutting into my paycheck, and the mortgage gift really means we can stop looking over our shoulder about the house and focus on medical bills instead.

Oh, there is one change that we can see coming - Scott and I are going to trade places in the fall. Scott finished college the month Thomas was born (after his big detour in the Marine Corps**) with UTD's version of an education degree. He has wanted to teach science for a long time now, and the opportunity came up, so ...we're taking it. Scott will be teaching seventh grade science at Hendrick Middle School in Plano, and I will be bowing out of the public eye to be Thomas's full-time manager on the road to hip hop stardom. (and Thomas's insurance will stay the same, thanks to our benefits/insurance team. yay!!!)

I'll get the website changed to reflect this good news before too long. And I'll let you know how Thomas fares over the next week or two - and I'll get those pictures posted!

*More on this as we know more about it.
**Not that the Marine Corps is a "detour" by any stretch of the imagination, but I meant it slowed him down in getting his degree

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At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Lindsay A. said...

I need to come see that little guy soon.....

At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Lyn Cusic said...

I'm so thankful that God has blessed you and is healing little Thomas. It sounds like there is some sort of normalcy returning. Being a cancer survivor, I can relate to the upside down world that you go through at first, and then, finally, things begin to ease back into a form of 'normal'. Now I look back (November will be 5 years cancer free) and it seems like a short time out of the REST of my life. We continue to pray for you, and I ask the Lord to grant you wisdom, knowledge, discernment, prosperity and good health for each of you. You are in inspiration. May the Lord Bless and keep you!
Lyn Cusic
Amy's Aunt in Chandler, OK.

At 5:11 AM, Blogger kate5kiwis said...

you are an inspiration, and we're lookin' forward to your hip hop career :o)
peace and love


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