Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Unexpected and a Celebration

I'm off my game. The break from hospital life has been good, almost too good. Radiation treatments began Monday and all went well. It was a little long since extra scans and measurements were taken and William's bone marrow biopsy sites are a bit sore from laying on a hard surface, but it was all good. That is until we began driving home. I got an unexpected reminder that I was unprepared. As soon as we started to get on the freeway, Soren, 4, informed me that William was throwing up. Poor kid. He's such a pro at it that he didn't even tell me he felt sick, hoping he could just get it under control by himself, and then proceeded to vomit in near silence. We stopped and I got him cleaned up and the mess cleaned up too. Thankfully, I still keep plenty of Clorox wipes and baby wipes stocked and handy. I found a grocery bag for him and we set off for home again. Unfortunately, he had to continue using it for the duration of the 30 minute drive home. Once home, Zofran worked its magic. Thank you, my friend, Zofran.

The nausea was likely caused by the fact that the left side of his abdomen is the primary radiation site and home to his stomach. Today I pre-medicated with Zofran and all went well. The doctor assured me that the pre-meds should be sufficient to manage the nausea. I'm getting a new prescription anyway, just to be sure I have an ample supply for the future.

Also, while meeting with the doctor today she mentioned having received the bone marrow biopsy results YESTERDAY! I love how notifying the anxious parents is an oversight.
Me: "No, I haven't heard. I was hoping to make a call this afternoon."
Dr.: "Yes, they're negative."
Me: "Really? It's negative? It's negative! This is our first negative biopsy."

Tonight we celebrated! We celebrated in William style: In 'N Out and homemade chocolate chip cookies. I threw in some helium balloons and we all shouted hoorays around the dinner table for William's bone marrow and then for each of the boys being so great through everything.

Although we haven't heard the term used officially, I believe this is when we can finally say he is in REMISSION. He is in remission. It feels so good to say and believe. We are celebrating and continuing on to make sure Doohickey doesn't come back!

25 comments:

  1. Elizabeth HuntsmanMarch 23, 2011 at 6:30 AM

    I am crying!! Love you all so much. Thanks for sharing the great news. I am doing the happy dance with Corben right now :)

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  2. I'll add in a few hoorays for William's awesome parents!

    I'm so happy and can't wait to see you all this summer!

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  3. Yeah!!! I am so happy for you, and in tears at the same time! You guys have all been so awesome!

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  4. Julie, that's fantastic!! You are amazing parents with some pretty amazing kids...I'm so, so, so happy for you guys! :)

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  5. That is the best news ever!! Wow--happiness and cheers all around!! I can't get over how fantastic this is!!! Happy, happy, happiest of days.

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  6. Hip, hip hooray! Best news I've heard in a long time....love to your family!

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  7. tears!!!! huge thankful heart right now for all of you.
    xoxoxooxox

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  8. Oh, Julie!! I, too, am in tears!! I'm SO happy for all of you! How you managed it with four other boys is so amazing to me. But, knowing what you were like as a child and knowing how wonderful your mom was...I'm not the least bit surprised! YEAY, WILLIAM!!!

    P.S. We just got word that my mom is in remission, too! I'm still a little nervous to announce it..which is silly, isn't it? She is still undergoing chemo, however, for the near future. Love to you and your wonderful family!

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  9. I have been on pins and needles, and this is such wonderful news!! YEAH!!! Way to go, William! You have all handled this amazingly. I'm thrilled for you! xoxoxo

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  10. We're overjoyed. Yay, Will! Yay, family!

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  11. I am so happy for you guys!! I've been reading this post every week and Im so glad you have made it to this point!!

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  12. SOOO relieved and happy for you guys! Happy dances in NC! Hang in there and congrats! So glad you were able to celebrate in true boy style!:)

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  13. So happy to hear such fantastic news!!!

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  14. Yay! Best news of the month!

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  15. Yay! William has been such a trooper! Wish we could have been there to celebrate in person! Keep it up!

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  16. YAHOOOOO and a Happy Dance! Wonderful news!

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  17. HOORAY WILLIAM!! WE ARE SO HAPPY FOR YOUR NEWS!

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  18. Woohoo! Happy dance! So awesome!

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  19. This is when the village celebrates!! Balloons and celebration around the dining room table were missing in Idaho, but the Hoorays were loud and heartfelt!! As were the prayers of thanks--well, maybe they were not loud.

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  20. Yeah! It is good to have happy tears while reading your blog! We are so relieved to hear the test came back negative. We will continue to pray for William.

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  21. Wow!! I'm so happy for you and for William. What a battle you have been through this year. I hope he will continue to progress and get his strength back- you guys as well. Congrats again!!
    Audrey & Brady Cox

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  22. Tears of joy and a prayer of gratitude here too. I'm so happy your family had a wonderful reason to celebrate! Keep hanging tough, William!

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  23. Oh, hoooray! I'm so, so grateful for GOOD news! I'm so happy for your whole family!

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  24. That's wonderful!!! I'm so happy for you all!!!

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  25. How wonderful!!!! Amazing news. Can't wait to see that darling boy back in the swing of it--we've missed him so. Congratulations!

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