It's about time for an update huh? Sorry - I'm really not used to this blog thing. I used to do a pretty good job of keeping up with Cole's Caringbridge site - but even now, I tend to wait weeks before updating. But in the cancer world that just means things are doing good!
So, what's been going on here? Well, I made the Design Team for The Paper Place Scrapbooking Community! I was so excited about that!! I almost didn't try out but then I thought if I never put myself out there - I'll just be here - scrapping away and never trying to do anything more than the normal average me stuff. Instead, I really had to think a little about what I was doing and step out of the box I find myself in! So, check out the blinkie at the bottom of my blog here, click it - you'll be taken to the homepage of The Paper Place Scrapbooking Community! It's great. We all have scrapbooking in common, but we are also good friends and ALWAYS welcome new members! (Nice plug for the site huh?)
So besides that, we went to Memphis and had a great check up! Cole is still cancer free! However, he isn't growing. We thought we had some growth on the check up before that, but now we're wondering if the measurement was accurate. We don't know. So on our next visit they want to do this growth hormore testing. It's not horrible, but not something we're jumping for joy about. The basics are they will put Cole's body into stress so to speak so that the growth hormone will kick in. Then they can measure it and see how it is functioning. If it is barely functioning, we will be told about growth hormone injections. This is a 6 out of 7 day thing. A shot - every night for 6/7 nights. The shot is similar to a TB skin test - not deep in the muscle or anything, but non the less - a shot. We have so prayed we wouldn't have to go this route - but it looks like we may have to. The good news is the earlier they find this - the better. The earlier he starts these shots, the more time he has to grow and he can be on a lower amount of hormones. If the kids are older when they start, they have less time to get the body doing what it needs to do. So, we'll probably be doing this test at the end of May! YUCK! Please say a little prayer for some growth - significant growth would be nice - but if we can't have this, pray that this sweet boy of mine will adapt easily and let us give him this shot! He is so wonderful and rolls with the punches most of the time and I can only hope he'll adapt to this as well.
What else is up? Well, Jason had four teeth cut out a week ago tomorrow. It was an ORDEAL. The pain meds knocked him out - literally, as in he fainted, passed out cold! I was at school/work and his mom was the nurse for the day and it freaked her and his dad out. All is well now - we got the pain meds right and he's healing slowly. He's eating solid food now - which is wonderful . You can only eat so many bowls of soup, plates of mashed potatoes and bowls of pudding! I know he's ready for the pain to be gone!
Next Thursday around 4pm I'll be loading up the car and heading to B'ham for the Scrap Etc. Event. I'm so excited. I'm going alone and am a little nervous about that - but I've "talked" to so many of the girls that are going thru the message board - that I feel like I know them and they are so welcoming and kind! I also want to get to know these girls since we will be moving to that area over the summer (sorry PP girls)! This way I won't be a stranger in the scrapping world there! I'll really miss the girls here. We don't get to scrap much together anymore, but when we do, it's really fun. It's made a huge difference in my life to meet these girls and make new friends here in Mobile. Sadly, I'll be leaving them though! That stinks! But at least next year, they can come up for the Scrap Etc Event and I'll get to host them!!!
Ok - what else am I behind on? OH - I was on the radio! Talking about Cole of course! WKSJ does a radiothon each year to raise money for St Jude. We went last year and Jason talked. This year, since he had four less teeth and quite the pain med buzz going on - it was up to me. They knew it was my first time so thankfully the wonderful Bill Black didn't ask too many questions. I just knew I would get all choked up if he did! It was just a nice conversation - that's all. Cole talked as well - about Winnie the Pooh, of all things! Crazy kid! We really hinted around too about how much we LOVE Kenny Chesney - just hoping for some tickets, or Kenny goodies - ANYTHING. But they didn't take the hint. Maybe of wearing my St Jude gear, I should have thrown a Kenny shirt of Cole (and myself) and carried my Kenny purse! Anyway - they made some good money for the local Jude kids, but not as much as they usually do. I think the bad weather Thursday evening really put a damper on things. I wish I could hit the lottery and give a ton to the Jude! I would do it in a heartbeat! Anything for Dr. Gajjar!
Alright - I think I've bored you enough! I'm outta here............................