My Ty. He is doing very well today. I have a love hate relationship with the steroids because they work wonders on his neurological condition while destroying his muscle function and bringing on major mood swings. He is speaking so much better today, he is able to eat and drink and he has been relatively happy all day. His nausea has also subsided, as did his headpain (thank God). Here he is enjoying his pizza and taking big boy bites instead of having me cut it up into teeny tiny pieces like I have had to do in the past.
Ty had his radiation simulation this morning and he begins treatment first thing tomorrow. They wanted to get in a session prior to the weekend so he will be getting lateral radiation (which is more simplified than the IMRT regimen that is scheduled to begin next week). Although the long term side effects of lateral radiation are dangerous, we agreed to allow him to undergo a few sessions in the essence of time rather than wait until the IMRT planning is complete (which takes six days in the office of the neurophysicists). It's really very interesting. It's such a precise science that is constantly improving. I am very hopeful about what they can do, and I have a lot of confidence in his radio-oncologist. Ty is in very good hands here.
Looking forward to his next big step. Let the healing begin! Here is a photo of Ty when he was just one year old. I just came across it today and it made me smile because he looks like such a bruiser. He had a fighting spirit even then :)