Rene started his second interim chemo this week at Victoria General. I'm glad because two days in a row now I've given him a hug and he's said, "owe!" He explained that his "lung bones" hurt (he means ribs). When we asked him more about it, he said, "Oh, it's better now." Hmmmm, does the pain come and go or does he just not want to tell us about it? He mentions it like it bothers him regularly but he can't really describe how much. I wonder how much pain he feels and doesn't tell us about. I got all wound up inside and my neck and shoulders got all sore after that!
Just to make things more interesting, Rene, who has had a stem cell transplant and lost the immunity provided by most of his vaccines, was exposed to chickenpox. He can't be around immune-compromised people, children under one, or women in the first trimester of their pregnancy. He is doing his chemo this week in the isolation room at Victoria General, which was opened maybe only a year ago, just for this purpose. Thank you Mena, Sole sisters, Susan, and everyone who worked so hard to raise money to get the isolation room built! It's not fun to be separated from the warm interaction of the oncology clinic, but it's better than having no where to be or having to wear a mask all day long.
So we are hoping he doesn't get the chickenpox. He could come down with them anywhere from last Thursday all of the way through to August 1st! In order to get our chance to camp this summer we have reserved a place to camp this weekend and are gambling on him not getting sick.
The Best Part of This Post
Rene's having a great summer so far, visiting his grandfather, playing with friends, going to birthday parties, and even reading to himself every once in a while! His Big Friend (a 16 year-old family friend) came to visit with his mom and the boys went out to get ice cream together - in a car - all by themselves. Rene loved it.