Monday, September 11, 2006

Skipping August*

So, we still have cancer. I know it seems like we should be over it now, but it's still here. When I heard the Dallas Morning News wanted to publish a follow-up story on Thomas, I all I'd have to say is the same thing I say to residents who saw us inpatient two months ago, "Yep. Still here."

Only we're not, exactly. As of today, after spending a month in the hospital we're home. The transition always brings mixed feelings. For one thing, we are getting closer and closer to the end of Thomas's scheduled treatment, so I get so excited about establishing routines that might last. I revel in my home's childproofing; no number of docs can make the mom of a toddler feel safe around hard steel crib corners. I love being able to see Scott without feeling like I'm sacrificing my chances to leave my "cell" for the night.

I never am entirely prepared, however, for the fact that cancer follows us home. We'll get Thomas moved in with all his gear and set up in the living room, and I change into cut offs and my favorite old t-shirt (you have to be decent in the hospital, but less so in Richardson), and we sit around grinning at each other -- and then I'll realize I've already forgotten to give his first round of meds. Even I think we should be finished with cancer already.

Almost. Almost I hope. Six more weeks of radiation and a lifetime of holding our breath. Best case, I mean.

*Honestly, though, if you had to skip a month in Texas, wouldn't you choose August to spend indoors and off schedule?

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At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Aunt Kaitlin said...

Yes indeed. August is the best month to skip. Nice move. And, as always, cancer sucks.

love you!
aunt kait

At 2:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are at home. I will have to bring another present from Finland. I hope we can get together when I get back.

Love Nana

At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently found out about a great program through where you can obtain mucho food for a big discount. Follow the website instructions and look for a church sponsor near you.

Thank you for sharing your miracles with all of us. You are an inspiration. I just found out about you through the DMN and will keep all of you close to my heart and prayers. Gramme

At 4:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

August honks anyway...way too hot...
I hope T likes his onesie!


At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Kirby A. said...

I really hope that this whole cancer thing'll be over for Thomas soon. I keep you and your family in my prayrs.
-Kirby A.

PS- Mr. Bickle would know me.

At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG your son is cute!!!!!!!!!!


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