Tomorrow Mathew starts chemo cycle #4. He melted down and had a fit when he heard that this afternoon; his game is coming out to buy tomorrow and there is the matter of Halloween. He went for his blood work at 1 pm today and John got the call around 4 pm to bring Mathew in tomorrow morning. This means his counts are up… *sigh*… that is a good thing but still ~ DRAT!
The oncology doctor’s secretary called me this morning to let me know that Mathew’s “poop” tested positive for the C~Difficile bug. Lovely. John stopped by the pharmacy to pick up the prescription for that this afternoon. This evening, after Mathew calmed down and we watched a movie he loves, John and I got to packing. The suitcase is much smaller this time as we have a better idea of what to bring.
I wanted to show you a few images from our day yesterday. Mathew and I hung out and carved pumpkins while John drove up to Fredericton to visit Kristen and also his brother Alistair and his family.
The first is this: Emla cream. We got the low down on this beauty from John’s sister, Wendy.
Next up is the very, very expensive drug that promotes the growth of neutrophils in the bone marrow. These are infection fighters and Mathew’s levels dropped below 1.0 last week hence the delay in starting chemo.
Here is the neupogen beside the needle plus the other injection (blood thinner).
Next I took a photo of Bosco guarding his loot. After dinner both dogs get “chewies” which is some kind of disgusting Chinese-made thing they love to chew on. Even though I give them equal sized chewies they spend the rest of their “dessert” eyeing each other’s prize and stealing it when possible. Bosco managed to get a hold of three and made sure to keep them safe.
Here is Spook in his window seat. During the day you can catch him passed out in here catching some sun on a sunny day. Other times he crouches like he is here and peers out into the world.
Or Spook will hog Bosco’s sleeping blanket. The cat can get up on all the furniture, the computer chair, his window seat or our bed. But noooooo, he gleefully settles into Bosco’s spot thereby bumping him onto a much smaller resting pillow. Some days I am not sure which animal is the head honcho.
Here is the before photo of the pumpkins I carved yesterday. The dogs are chilling in the livingroom with Mathew and I. I found it much easier to clean and cut the pumpkin with surgical gloves on. If they got messy they still weren’t as slippery as my hands and it was an easy matter to throw dirty ones in the garbage and slip on a clean pair. The messy work went fast this way.
Mathew and Spook take a second out from the intense proceedings to relax and smile for the picture. Mathew anyway, who knows what the cat is thinking with those slinky eyes (probably waiting to see if the pumpkins remotely resemble food he can eat or steal)
Here is the final result of one of the pumpkins. Kind of a half-ass steampunk basic pumpkin.
Here’s the creepier pumpkin… look out little pumpkins, the pumpkin-eater is out looking for you!!
Here is a daylight look at the pumpkin. I pulled the idea off the internet (Mathew loved this one) and carved away.
It was easy. A couple of sawed-off gourds for horns and the nose and it is good to go.
We hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!
I will try to post if I can. It’s going to be crazy until he comes home from the hospital so I might just ask Kristen to post little updates.