I have been meaning to make a new post for some time now, but we have been insanely busy taking advantage of our time at home to get many things done. We have a crazy few weeks ahead of us and I am doing as much as possible to plan ahead.
We were able to look at the results of Gus’s most recent MRI and discuss them with Dr. Mazewski. The majority of the tumors scattered on the top of his brain have significantly shrunk down to little bits and some are gone! The tumors on his spine have also shrunk, but there is still a considerable amount. Since the cancer has responded well to his chemo treatments so far and Gus is able to handle the chemo pretty well, we have decided to continue with two more rounds of the same treatment. His final round of chemo will be the high-dose chemo along with stem-cell transplant. Good news also came back with both his hearing test and kidney test. Both were passed in flying colors.
We were given an extra week for Gus to recover from his infection and bring his counts back up. We were very thankful for this because it allowed our family to have a solid chunk of much needed home time. We were able to actually make it to some family events and birthday parties. We were able to celebrate Gus’s cousin, Cameron’s birthday with him and family. Gus was also able to make it to his buddy Lucas’s birthday party, too. He had a blast! On Sunday we took him to the Fox Theatre to see Yo! Gabba Gabba Live! Our seats were awesome, right in the front, but it was a little too much for Gus to handle. We ended up having to move further back so he could watch in his stroller.
We haven’t had much time to prepare for baby girl’s arrival, so we were able to cram nine months of preparations into 10 days. I like to call it “extreme nesting.” We could not have done it without lots of help from our friends though. Thanks to Andy and April Harmon for helping me at IKEA and washing many loads of baby clothes. Thanks to Dave Clarke and Gavin Porter for helping Tony with the grouting in our bathroom. Thanks to Mary Ann Bradley for doing laundry and playing with Gus all day. He really enjoyed it. Thanks to Cassie House and Stacey Loera for running errands for me. I’m sure it was like a scavenger hunt trying to find all the requested items. Thanks to Ryan Miller and Dave Clark for helping Tony with home improvement tasks. Thanks to Allison Fernandez for coming over and cleaning (you rock girl!) and thanks to her hubby Leonard for watching the kids so she could come over and help (I know it’s a team effort). Thanks to Rebecca Montgomery for coming over and helping me with some household tasks.
We checked back in to the hospital on Monday to start Gus’s fourth round of chemo and so far he’s doing better than he did last round. He is still vomiting, but that comes with the chemo. He’s been in a great mood though and his new favorite activity is spending time in the library. We expect to be here until Sunday or Monday. So we get a day or 2 to unpack and re-pack for our scheduled delivery of baby girl on Wednesday, November 3 at Northside Hospital. I will be having my second c-section and will probably be in the hospital 3 to four days. My sister Haley will be flying in for a week to help with things and my mom will be flying in for the two weeks following. We fully expect Gus to be back in the hospital with an infection sometime during the week of November 8. This seems to be the pattern with his treatment, so we are planning on it.
Thanks again to all of you out there that continue to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers, please keep it up. Our family has been through so much these past few months and things are definitely about to get even more intense with our new arrival. Please pray for the safe delivery of our daughter and a speedy recovery for me because my little ones need me healthy and well ASAP.
xoxo Mama Bird