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

Friday, February 3, 2012

Maintenance Day 11, Taking Pills

Tyson on Sunday the 29th holding his new baby niece, isn't she cute?  This is his last day of steroids for this month. 
And this is Ty today (Friday, Feb 3rd).  See how his eyes aren't sunken and dark anymore?  So I guess that was from the steroids...yay!  The last 2 or 3 days he has been eating a variety foods, (you can see from his lovely sleeves that he had spaghetti today, and he 's eating an orange : ) playing a lot more than watching tv, and only climbs on my lap 2 or 3 times a day for a snuggle.  You can see in the background he has been cutting 'presents' for me out of paper all morning and then having me count my presents.  I have 40. : )  he is still pretty emotional which I thought was from the steroids, and maybe it is, it takes a while for them to wear off, but maybe it is just cause he doesn't feel top notch from the chemo...or maybe its just cause he's four...it's hard to tell.  As far as I can tell though he is much more like a normal kid his age now than he has been for months which is such good news!  I even took him to a playgroup yesterday for a little while and he is begging to be able to go back to tumbling again.  (We'll see what the doc says about that one) 

Last night was his first dose of methotrexate.  They only come in one size so for his dose he takes ten pills every Thursday (unless he's had a mtx back poke that week)  So he took 12 pills total. 1 zofran, 1 6mp, and 10 mtx.  I guess I should mentions the dark stuff on his chest in spots...those are from the sticky things they put on him to monitor him when he is sedated...for some reason it takes several baths to get that stuff off.

He did such a good job taking them that I started filming it, he took some before I started filming, and partway through he played with the pills a little, but he was a pill taking champ!  Here's the clip...

So far so good!  I'll be interested to see what his counts are when we go down for his next appointment Feb 21st.  Until then we are adjusting well to this final phase of treatment.  I'm starting to feel 'normal' and I'm not as consumed with all things cancer like I have been.  We'll still have to be careful about germs and stuff but we are really hoping that for the most part now we can at least pretend to be normal and just deal with stuff as it comes up. 
Thank you for so much concern, dinners, and prayers in our behalf, you have kept us going through all of this and we are so thankful we made it this far and that Ty is doing great.


  1. What a trooper! He (as well as the whole family) is such an inspiration! :o) Way to go TY!!!

  2. My heart and prayers go out to you all. Keep up the great work. You all are doing such a great job. Let me know what I can do to be of the most help. Missouri is so far away...wish we were closer!