Tomorrow will probably be the most celebrated Friday we have ever had. We are all set to take Ty home for a week. We will be in the hospital until his 11AM antibiotics are completed, and then we will be heading out the door.
Although this is only a short stop home before we begin chemotherapy, we feel it will make a tremendous impact on Ty's disposition. It will help all of us to be together as a family, too, as we have missed little brother GaGa more than you can imagine.
The roadmap for his treatment thus far includes 6 - 7 cycles of aggressive chemo (21 days per cycle) and that will be combined with radiation during the fourth and fifth cycles if all goes as planned. Chemo will be inpatient for 3 - 6 days (depending on the meds for that particular cycle) and then back home. Of course, with each treatment we can expect intermittent visits to the hospital due to side effects, fevers, infections, etc. that can and will result when he is immunocompromised.
Ty has only completed the first mile in the marathon, but he has made tremendous strides nonetheless. As you know, he has a fighting spirit that will keep him charging toward the finish line. Expect us to post lots of smiling faces and family photos over the next few days :)