William and Ryan carved and painted this year's car before transplant and I fine tuned the wheels and axles before the big day. William was bummed he couldn't go because he can't be in crowds/public places, but seemed just fine as long as Ryan took the car to race and promised to video tape everything. Then I started thinking.... What if he waited in the car until the races started, sneaked in the back door, sat on the stage away from the kids, wore his mask, and then quickly exited after the races? It could work. Right?
William and I made a trip to San Francisco on Wednesday for a check up with the BMT doctor (bone marrow transplant) and presented the predicament and our solution. William and I both assured the doctor that the Pinewood Derby was not a family priority. William is such an amazingly patient and adaptable boy. I just love that about him. The doctor laughed and said not to ask such things because they technically have to say no. But then added (quietly and unofficially) that she didn't see why it couldn't work as long as we were aware of the restrictions and took precautions. We went for it. It all went smoothly and the joy on his face when he won so many races made it worth it! Thanks, friends, for staying away from him.
(minus the Lego guy that was yanked at the last minute due to weight restrictions)
With Lego guy
We meet with our oncologists in Sacramento next week to switch back under their care and start preparing for radiation which should begin in the next 2 weeks or so. It feels amazing to think we've finally made it to this point. We've only discussed radiation very briefly because there was no point until we got through the bigger hurdles. Radiation will be taxing on his bone marrow and will slow down the recovery process, but it was all in the plans from the beginning. After radiation he will undergo an antibody therapy in San Francisco that will mean hospitalization for 5 days every month for 5 months. Then we anticipate his treatment road map to be complete. But it's one step at a time and we do detours.
We are getting the new routines of life in place. Signs on doors are up. Our hands are dry from frequent washing, I'm gaining confidence to cook without cross contaminating anything, and I've cleared plenty of space in my refrigerator from tossing everything that has been opened for a while. Being hyper conscious of germs makes me realize what a workout I must give my own immune system every day. Whew! Ryan and I have finally gotten some rest and back into normal sleeping habits. The Ambien label says it's non-habit forming, but each time we get back from the hospital, the first couple days are miserable. (Yes, we maintain our functioning capacity in the hospital with a little sleep help.)
The rest of the boys are enjoying a fun week in Utah with my parents since school is out all week (furloughs/ski week). It's been so helpful having them gone while we adjust and settle in. Now we wait and see what the weather brings the next few day to see if they'll make it home this weekend or next.