Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
I cry for Liam's lost childhood.
I cry for the pain he feels.
I cry because I cannot comfort him.
I cry because I cannot fix this.
I cry because I don't have the answers to why a child should ever have to have this fight.
I cry for the unlikelihood that this has happened to my baby.
I cry at the word cancer.
I cry because our lives will never be normal again.
I cry because Brian and I have miss out on some of the happy experiences of the first child.
I cry for the generousity of others. They pray, they donate... their lives go on.
I had to call gymboree today to see how long I could suspend Liam's membership for. Pure Wonderment. The gym was so understanding of the situation. They have offered us the gym to use while they are closed so that Liam can get out of the house and play. They understand that this will mean that extra cleaning would have to be done on their part, but would love to do that for Liam.
Friday, December 17, 2010
But only in pediatrics is a trip to the doctors or hospital like checking into a nice hotel. They show you to your room, ask if you need anything. They bring you food, drinks and entertainment. Last night a group of ukulele players came to perform Christmas carols for the patients. Liam really enjoyed the music.
We also received some great news today. His tumor is shrinking. Last night they did an ultrasound of the tumor, and although it is difficult to compare a CT scan to an ultrasound, the measurements show it is shrinking, and even dying in the middle of the tumor.
Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers; they are certainly working.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thank you for the generous donations;The Swansons, The Banks Family, The Ward Family, N. Giaimo, T. Kim, S. Rawson, K. Warren, A. Coberly, B. Lehotzky, N. Debinder, The Baldwins, A. Helfman, A. Gibson, and K. Lefler.
Thank you so much to A. Collins and K. Pierce, who continue to spread the word on facebook.
Thank you L. Armitage, who has began setting up multiple fundraisers for Liam. She has arranged for her friend Joan who owns http://www.bitsycreations.com/ to donate a portion of her profits to Liam's fund. When placing your order through this website put LIAM in the coupon code area/notes to seller.
L. Armitage will also be conducting a fundraiser of her own after the holidays.
Below is a picture of Liam while waiting at the clinic for his blood transfusion. His Hemoglobin level dipped a little bit so the doctor wanted to help it out a little.
Thank you so much to all our friends and family for your continued support.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
First forgive me because Brian will not be happy with this topic, but I feel some perspective is needed. When I was first told to put the donate button on this blog, I felt it was a bit tacky. I have spent quite some time in the past fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and for Girls on the Run. But asking for money for my needs, or more specifically the needs of my family- no.
Refering specifically for the donated money I raised for LLS (Team in Training), money not only goes to funding cancer research but to families to help with their bills too. Assuming everyone knows cancer is expensive; What does expensive mean?
We have known of Liam's diagnosis for 2 1/2 weeks now. His bills already outweigh my yearly salary. I said some perspective was needed on topic. Perspective cannot be given at this point; I cannot even begin to imagine what the bills will add up to in his next 6+ months of treatment.
If you lend someone money, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
He has been "talking up a storm" the last few days and eating has been better in the early part of the day.
Last night, about 3 am, we got our first vomit experience. We never it was going to be a side effect of the chemo; we just didn't expect it so soon. Liam had woken up and I fed him. He had just finished the bottle when I heard a gurling noise. There was no time to react before I was covered in milk. I yelled for Brian to wake up. Liam just looked at me like "whats the big deal". He was fine and has been sleeping or playing happily ever since. But I will definatly be giving him his antinausea medicine for a few days.
Friday, December 3, 2010
What is not going well is eating. Still only taking in a few ounces of milk each day. Liam did enjoy some puffs today. He loves his finger foods. My only complaint about them is it takes a whole bowl full to get 25 calories. He obviously is not going to eat a full serving and is getting very few calories from them.
Earlier this week I took Liam to visit Santa Claus. We wanted to get this done before it was too risky to take him out of the house. Liam was less than thrilled. We managed to get a picture of him not crying. And wouldn't you know it; after the pictures had been taken and mom was reviewing them, Liam sat on Santa's lap playing with his beard (wish I had gotten a photo of that).
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Have I told you lately how much we truly appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers. I cannot count how many prayer chains Liam is on. We are getting messages from people we have never met telling us they are praying for Liam. Oh the wonders of Facebook.
We really do have the best family and friends. You have all done so much for us already. From setting up a fund to help with expenses (see button on side) to arranging meals for us during this time. The word "fundraiser" has also been tossed around. I really cannot express how much all of this is appreciated.
Liam had a rough night last night. Up every 1-2 hours. He just wanted to be held. As comfy as the glider in his room is, I don't enjoy sleeping sitting up. But he can have whatever he wants right now. He has had very little to eat since we came home yesterday, maybe 2-3 ounces. The doctor is not concerned because the chemo can suppress his appetite; we just need to make sure he stays well hydrated.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
He will go to clinic for more treatments the next 2 Wednesdays to complete this cycle. He will also need to go to clinic several times each cycle to have blood drawn. By checking his blood count the doctors will see how well he is recovering from the treatments and when he is at risk for getting sick. This will help the doctors to determine when he will be strong enough to begin the next cycle.