by Michael Wells
Normally, if someone were to ask me about a dreary, cold, rainy Monday I would tell you it’s a typical blue Monday, but not today. We have some good news and some great news.
First the good news: Brady, or should I say Sherrie and I have finally learned to understand when Brady is in pain. We have concluded, when he is rubbing his ears or his eyes he is experiencing a headache of migraine proportions. Or, when his legs curled up in a cramped like position then his joints are bothering him. You might be wondering why I call this good news? Because, we are able to determine how and when to give him pain drugs. It pointed the way on how to give Brady pain rx in the way of a morphine drip. For the first time in several days, Brady slept through the night, twelve hours in all. And, is currently in the middle of a three plus hour nap. Sherrie also told me that during the day Brady’s spirits were just excellent. Better living through mind altering drugs. He has experienced vomiting and diarrhea, but doing ok all in all.
Now the great news, Brady’s blood counts are on the rise. Brady’s white blood count has gone up the last few days, he is on the road to recovery from round three of chemo. Dr. Drachtman is now forecasting Brady’s all important bone marrow biopsy procedure could take place by the end of next week. This is the test Sherrie and I are waiting for like that of a five year old child waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve. Results of this biopsy will greatly determine our next course of treatment. Less than 8%, on to CHOP and bone marrow transplantation… So, all and all a spectacular day!
Rain and wind a side; Brady is on the mend and CHOP and a cure are around the corner. This makes me smile as if it’s a bright, sunny spring day. I am convinced your prayers, good thoughts and hugs are working beyond any sane level of comprehension – so, please keep them going…
“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.
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