by Michael Wells
Tuesday was not a good day for Brady. He spent the entire day at the hospital receiving platelets and whole blood transfusions. He also had his broviac catheter dressing changed and was hooked up to a portable IV pump. The sad part of this whole process is Brady will be attached to this pump for his remaining days.
He is receiving larger doses of dilaudid and is virtually sleeping most of the time. When he is awake he is in much pain and needs to be given a bolus to calm him down. Last night he woke several times and each time all he wanted was coke. He is running extremely high temperatures 103˚ and we were told there is really no longer a need to take his temperature as it’s going to continue to run high. This is just so sad to watch.
On the bright side, so many people to thank for showing so much love for Brady. My niece Catherine, thank you so much for the donation to the Hugs for Brady Foundation. I know your donation was a true sacrifice and it touched our hearts. Other people who have made donations include; Ann-Marie Mondovano of Clinton, George LaRosa a coworker, Alliison Weitzman, Glenn Giotttone a relative of a coworker, and Tracie Conforti a friend of Sherrie’s. Thank you one and all for your generosity and kindness. Rest assured every dollar we raise will go towards helping kids with cancer.
The date for the Blood Drive and Fundraiser sponsored by Confectionately Yours is Sunday, August 8th starting at 9:00am. You can help make this event successful by calling 1-800-GIVE LIFE and signing up to donate blood. Just mention the Hugs for Brady drive when you call. You can also sign up at Confectionately Yours, which for me works much better as I can get some GREAT ice cream while I’m there. Either way, I never knew the importance of donating blood until it became so very personal.
Finally, to everyone who has signed Brady’s guestbook, thank you! We truly love to read your messages of love and hope. We need them more than ever as this is getting very painful for Brady and us. Prayers, hugs and thinking of our baby are tremendously comforting to all, so please continue them.
“8 Years Later—Still No Cure for Pediatric Cancer” is a series of posts revisiting the journal kept by Sherrie and Michael Wells during the cancer diagnosis and treatment of their son, Brady Michael. Hopefully these entires will provide an understanding of the journey families face when dealing with these horrific diseases and of the important work the Hugs for Brady Foundation does.