Monday, June 7, 2010
Update on today's meetings
Hi everyone. I am Lisa, a guest blogger. The Murdocks are our dear friends. Our boys, William and James, have been friends since they were 3. We love them all like family!
I am covering the blog tonight because I know that William was in all our prayers today and we want to share information with all of you. Julie said I didn't have to sugar-coat anything and she knows I really couldn't if I tried, so here it goes: Today was rough. Julie and Ryan are exhausted. I do believe we covered every emotion- sadness, happiness, anger, frustration, disbelief, and hope. Julie and Ryan met with the doctors and tonight at around 10 pm, William started chemo. The course of medication is tough, to put it mildly. We are hoping and praying. Repeat.
Julie and I took a long walk tonight and covered a lot of topics, as we always do. We talked about how much comfort we find in faith. We talked about the scary stuff no mothers want to discuss. And we talked about how hopeful we are feeling.
And because we are mothers/planners/organizers, we started planning our day tomorrow. Tomorrow we will work on the helping hands website for all of you asking to help. Julie and Ryan appreciate all the calls, emails, blog comments and we know the helping hands website will let us all know how we can help. Stay tuned!
And while Julie and Ryan were away at one meeting, another meeting took place in William's room- a meeting of the 8 year-old minds. James and William played video games, read books, looked at William's Star Wars pop-up book (Wow, Sam!!), and acted like kids. We discussed William's bowels (a requirement of all 8 year-old meetings), we discussed the school cafeteria and the boys' favorite meals (William loves the bean burrito which lead to another discussion, can you guess?), we discussed William's record-high urine output scores (they track everything in the hospital). It was a surreal experience for a mom letting her mind get too far ahead. It was a perfectly fine afternoon for two wonderful little boys. A mom could learn a thing or two from those two!
We now wait to see how William reacts to all the medications (the treatment lasts for 3 days) but the worst side-effect is the nausea and they have many medicines to help with keeping that under control. We pray for few side-effects! Julie and Ryan and the Child Life Specialist explained the process to William and he is ready. When I left them tonight, William was pretty excited to stay up all night because he would need to give urine samples throughout the night and thought they could just pull an all-nighter together. I love William.
Posted by the5davies at 10:33 PM