He went through the first week of Biochemotherapy as well as and even better than expected. He basically slept through the whole week and doesn't remember much of anything. That is good because he didn't have to go through all the stomach uphevals and other irritations the treatments cause.
David was released from the hospital on Saturday and stayed in Denver until Tuesday recuperating. He was then moved to another location in Colorado Springs which is quite close to all of us and makes it handy to see him. Even though he has been in legal trouble and is being cared for in a group home of sorts, he is there now mostly to continue with insurance so he can get the care he needs. Being 18 he would have no insurance of his own.
Today I picked him up and we met Amber and the kids at the park. We had a nice time and visited and played with the kids on the swings and slides. David got tired easy but we sat and looked through his childhood photobooks and nibbled on donuts.
David pushing his nephew Ethan on the swing
Afterwards we went to the movies and watched Dark Knight (batman) and he really enjoyed that. It's a good thing I replaced my O2 tank just before going in because that thing lasted 3 hours. I was on my last whiffs of O2 by the time we got to the car.
Ethan beats David down the slide
We went to his favorite, Taco Bell, afterwards and he actually got some food down. Since the chemo, he can't stand to eat much and his stomach hurts alot of the time. He has lost weight and looks like he's just getting over a bad case of the flu.
David and sister Amber
He is trying to be brave and I hope he will be up to the next round of treatments. I know he has almost given up a few times already and has considered not going on with the treatments. We are trying hard to encourage him to keep on keeping on. Since he is 18 he is trying to establish himself as an adult and making his own decisions and this illness is taking some of that away so he sometimes feels the need to state things (like not continuing with the chemo) to prove he is the one in charge of his life.
Mariah and Grandma (me) swinging (O2s dangling)
Please keep him and his fledgling adult ego and his emotional state of mind in your prayers so that he can be strong enough to endure what is nesessary to save his life. Thank you so much from one mother to the many and father's also.
Sister and brother doing a balancing act
Life around children reminds us that things don't always have to be so serious. Each day should include at least a little fun, just like we did today. Take care and look for the good in each day. My goal is still and will always be to gift myself and my days to those around me that I love the most. How about you?