Thursday, September 8, 2011

Can you believe Gavin is sick?

When Ty was diagnosed, Gavin was 21 months old.  Since then I have had to keep him away from other children, literally.  Daycare, playdates, preschool, even the playground, to avoid the spread of any germs.  To my utter amazement, I can proudly report that Gavin was not sick once!  Until now, of course, because that's just the way it goes, right?

Ty gets a clean scan two days ago, and Gavin comes down with something just two days later.  We both have allergies and mine have been hitting me pretty hard lately so I didn't think anything of it when Gavin was sneezing, but he just woke up in the middle of the night feeling a little stuffy and uncomfortable.  I gave him some Benadryl and rocked him back to sleep just a little while ago.   Maybe it's just his allergies acting up, too.  I hope so.  I have to admit, though, that I enjoyed it being Gavin for a change.  That I was able to give him 100% when he was feeling a little under the weather.  I feel like I can be his dedicated Mommy again!  How nice!

Today was a little off for Ty, too.  He threw up twice from his daily chemo, but he was otherwise fine.  It happens at random, and really he is otherwise doing just great.  We had a really nice, quiet day in every other respect.  We even skipped our daily trip to the supermarket without much fuss from Ty (although we did go to CVS) and that was a huge victory for me.  I am so sick of that routine. 

Tomorrow we will be at the hospital again for a quick infusion (Avastin).   I kinda wish I let Ty keep his "tubies" in his mediport from earlier this week so he wouldn't have to get those giant needles again - he hates it so much - but it increases his risk of infection when he is accessed like that and limits him from getting a proper bath.  So, he will be upset about that, but that's okay.  Everything is okay now that his scan was good.  Everything is okay because I am still fluttering about my day dreaming of Derek Jeter ;)  Everything is okay because I believe Ty will continue on this road to recovery with all my heart and soul. 

I didn't get any additional photos from yesterday yet, but I will be sure to post the as soon as I can.  Thanks for all of your comments here and on Facebook.  Yeah, it was pretty amazing :)

I am exhausted so I need to call it a day, but before I log off I want to share another statistic on childhood cancer because I am dedicated to being a voice and an advocate for all of these children and their families throughout the month.  During these 30 days, 1380 families will hear the devastating news "your child has cancer" and 210 children will take their last breath - their precious lives tragically stolen away.  I don't like to end on such a sad note, but the truth is beyond sad and in order to find a cure we need to drive awareness and increase the focus on the various types of cancers that specifically affect those under the age of 18.   Thank you for your support.  Hugs and Kisses from Ty.


  1. I come into work each morning and the first thing I do is check this... I pray for Super Ty everyday and for his "Super Mommy" too! I have so much respect for all your family is going through and how you remain so positive and so awesome to keep us all updated when I am certain somedays it would be easier not to! So... KEEP IT UP and know that you are loved and supported in Dublin, OH! My name is Lynn Salyer and I just feel like I know you all and wish I could meet you guys someday. Maybe somehow I will! Take care, much love and best wishes sent your way today and this weekend!

  2. Cindy, we were overjoyed to hear about Ty's clean scan. We follow your journey from up here and love that you got some well deserved news! Sending Ty and Gavin well wishes.

  3. What to say? U are always so honest,but so right. There is so much that needs to be done for our kids! I hate to even say this but I think a super star should live a day in your shoes; I do not wish cancer on anyone but so much more recognition would be brought to childhood cancer if a famous person had to deal with what u do! Pardon me, but it REALLY pisses me off! Sorry!

    On another note, glad that Gavin got u all to himself; that little guy is so special too; he loved it so much I am sure( thank u big G for that)!!!!