Nicholas finished treatment on 11/18/2010. He will continue to go for blood work for the next 3 years. He is still in remission.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Feeling Much Better

Nick is feeling much better. He rested all day Monday and was up early Tuesday and ready for school. We are understanding now what a virus can do to his system and how quickly he can change from running around to a quick fever. It is a constant worry and I think he gets tired of us always checking his temp. As I mentioned, I think we are going to have a long winter, but we will take it in strides and do our best to have fun.
I was hoping to have my Christmas cards sent out this year and of course I could never get the 3 boys together for a picture. I tried a couple of times and it just did not work out. Things have been very busy between clinic, ER visits and Greg & I both catching a bug. I will be posting my Christmas letter (something I like to do every year) on this blog site next week, so stay tuned. We are so thankful to have Christmas back at our house this year. I can think back to last year and Nick was so tired and not feeling well. We went over Auntie Lisa's house for a quick visit with the family and open some presents and then came right back home. This year, we will be at home and thinking we will have around 35 people to celebrate the day with us. Karen

Monday, December 14, 2009

Good weekend

Hi All,

We all had a very good weekend. Friday night the boys had their show and as always, it was so cute to see them singing and dancing on stage. Nick was very excited to go and (being on steroids) asked me all day long when it was time to go. He started to get really upset because the time could not go by fast enough.
On Saturday the boys took a special trip to the Enchanted Village with Auntie Lisa and Auntie Michele. It sounds like they had a great time and then stayed overnight at Auntie Michele's house. Our plans on Sunday was to go to the Sturbridge Federated Church and meet the youth group who will be hosting a charity dance in honor of Nick. When I got to Auntie Michele's Nick was on the couch and not feeling too well. I ended up taking him home and Colby went to the church to represent the Shannon Family. Nick was definitely not feeling well all day and we ended up calling the fellow doctor to see if we should bring into the ER. The Fellow Dr. said it was okay to give him Tylenol and then wait and see if he continue to spike the fever. He made it through the night and we decided to keep him home from school on Monday and bring him to clinic right away for counts. He was okay with it and I do not think he had the energy to make it to school anyways.
His counts at clinic came back very good. When Nurse Pat went to listen to his lungs she thought she heard some congestion, so Nick was sent for an x-ray. The x-ray turned out to be fine, so Nick was given an antibiotic (just as a pre-caution) his chemo and we were done. He woke up this morning feeling much better and running around again. He was excited to go to school and see his friends. I think it is going to be a long winter for us, with a constant watch on Nick.

I would say a big thank you to Chemo Angel Melissa. Nick received a Christmas package from Melissa in the mail yesterday and he was so excited. To our surprise, he decided to put the Christmas gifts under the tree and wait until Christmas to open. He is much different from last week and not being on steroids. (Last week he kept asking to open his presents because he could not wait any longer... is his own words) Take care, Karen