Tyson's Brave Battalion

Tyson's Brave Battalion
Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.” ~Samuel Johnson

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Phase3 Day1, Relay for Life, Cherry Hill

This weekend was my mom's family reunion...my ANC on Thursday was 330, way too low to go to a family reunion at the lake and camping at Cherry Hill with lots of little cousins. We were bummed. While the big kids were gone to the reunion with Grandma and Grandpa, Gramma Kitty Kat and Erin brought me my own camping trip, complete with tent to play in, fishing in the tub, dodge ball vests, and a mini fire for roasting marshmallows.
I went to Relay for Life so I could get a cool survivor tshirt. Michelle met us there and gave me my IV antibiotics. She held up my IV for me while I ran around Century HS looking at everything. I had a great time playing with her son. Gramma kitty kat was there and Erin, Eden, Jaxon and even my uncle policeman Jordan came to see me there. I won a giant pink blanket at the survivor raffle that Merin immediately claimed. The Relay for Life program was in the hot sun and lasted way too long. I took my mask off cause it was soooo hot. I fell asleep and we went home before I got to do the Survivor Lap. Oh well, mom still got a great shot of me walking on the track.
Then on Monday we were all shocked to find out my ANC was 1800!! That means we finally started round three of chemo on Tuesday July 19th. (Interim Maintenance I) I was in a good mood... I haven't had pokies for a long time so I am not as apprehensive about medical places. (and mom promised no pokies this time, yep I asked) There I am at clinic getting my blood pressure checked. I wieghed 15.1 kg, just a tad under my diagnosis day weight. I got two types of chemo today and some zofran for my tummy. My nurse was cool, he even got me a dressing that wasn't tegaderm so it came off better.
Right now (July 20) the chemo doesn't affect me too much, I'm not quite as energetic and happy as I have been and I don't want to eat, all I want is chocolate milk (ovaltine) but at least I'm still having something. We will go in every ten days for this phase (8wks long) and each time depending on my numbers they will up my doses of chemo.
As soon as I found out my numbers were up I started talking nonstop about the dragon slides at Cherry Hill. Mom thought it would be a good idea to take us after my treatment since we don't know when my numbers will be that good again. :) I had a BLAST!! Mom took me down the dragon slides lots and lots of times cause that is my favorite. We also went in the lazy river, the big pool, and the kiddie pool with a yellow slide that I love. (I took my toy 'submarine' down the yellow slide with me) We were lucky cause it wasn't crowded at all, sometimes I was the only one in the kiddie pool. I wore a hat and had lots and lots of sunscreen on cause my chemo makes me extra sensitive to the sun. My Grandma drove with us and watched the kids while I was at PCMC, and watched Merin while we partied at Cherry Hill. It's a good thing she planned to come with us cause when we were about to leave mom's car wouldn't start and so we took hers while Grandpa fixed ours. What would life be like without Grandmas and Grandpas???


  1. So glad that you have all of these pictures and are able to go do fun things!!!

  2. He looks like he's having a fun time in the pictures. Isn't it amazing how children with adversity do compared to the parents? He is an amazing boy and you are an amazing family. It may not feel like it all the time but it is most definately true.

    Jeff Sharp