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

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Clinic and Camp Hobe

Ty graduated from preschool!  They did the cutest program with lots of songs and Dr. Seuss decorations.  He loves his teacher Miss Shelley.
Ty is having a great summer! It seems like no matter how much sun screen I use he gets a little tanner each day.
 We had a yard sale to raise money for our CureSearch walks in August and October.  The kids took turns selling donuts.  Thank you Thank you to everybody who donated items to our yard sale at the last minute, and thank you to our great neighbors who advertised for us.  It was a great success!  We will probably do one more before our walks.
 Clinic today at horsey doctor (PCMC) except they are doing construction right now so the horsey is nowhere to be found...we wonder if the horsey will come back.
 Ty found a spider craft to do in the waiting room
 And we followed standard procedures of getting him in the zone while they accessed his port. 
 He even got to play for a few minutes in the sedation suite while they got him all hooked up
 Getting his 'back poke'.  That's his fantastic doctor in the background.  His eyes are open but he's sedated enough to hold really still and not remember the procedure.
 He wanted lots of hand cuddles while he woke up.
Back to infusion waiting for his vincristine
 We got to see our favorite therapy dog Elliot. 
 Getting his vincristine, they push a little in then pull back out until they see a little blood, then push a little bit more in.  They always make sure it is going into the bloodstream and not into tissue where it can cause a lot of damage.
 Merin and Brenna came with us today so they got to play in the new Forever Young Zone playroom.  Isn't that the cutest little hospital bed/doctor chair/IV pole you have ever seen?
When we went to pick them up Ty had to check everything out before we could leave.  They did a great job remodeling it, lots of fun! 
Ty was not feeling so great afterward, and fell asleep as soon as we were in the car.  He hadn't had anything to eat or drink yet (they can't eat before being sedated) so we were wondering if he was just feeling nauseous cause he didn't have any food in him.  When he woke up we convinced him to drink some sprite and a little bit of a shake and tried to get him to eat a hamburger.  He couldn't get himself to eat the burger and threw up pretty quick after that so I guess his treatment got to him a little bit this time.
We took Brenna to Moochies for lunch and we had a little bit of time for shopping before we headed to Tooele to pick up Brooke Ryan and Emily from Camp Hobe.
 This is Brooke's 3rd year and Ryan's 2nd year at Camp Hobe kids week.
 One of our favorite camp counselors Share-bear!
Emily got to stay the whole week this year for the first time.
They had SO MUCH FUN!!  We are so so thankful for all of the Camp Hobe donors, volunteers and staff.  They saved our sanity that first year right after Ty was diagnosed with Brady gone and Ty in and out of the hospital and not able to go anywhere the other kids were looking at a pretty lame summer.  Camp Hobe has a way of turning something that can be so stressful and hard for these cancer kids and their siblings into something exciting and fun.  They talk about and look forward to Camp Hobe all year long!  Brenna is looking forward to teen week next week, and Tyson and Merin are both so excited to go to the 2-day day camp next week as well.  That makes for a lot of trips to Tooele in 2 weeks, but it's worth it!!
Ty was still feeling a bit iffy when we left Camp Hobe so he got his barf bag positioned just right before he fell asleep.  He woke up from that nap famished and was finally able to eat and drink and feel better.
He weighs the same as last month pretty much, a tiny bit less actually but not much of a difference.  18.7kg I was a little surprised cause he ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches toward the beginning of the month.  It is fun to see him get a little bit taller each month.  102.5cm.  His ANC is 800 so his chemo pill doses stay the same. WBC 2.1, HGB 12.1, RBC 4.12, HCT 36.1 and PLTS 215
Bring on steroid week!  Here's to hoping that he can still have a good time at day camp even though he is on steroids.  Thanks for checking in with us!  We are so thankful he is doing great and always praying for our cancer fighting buddies and the heartbroken families of angels.