I realized this morning that I haven’t done a blog update since May! I get so used to just putting up info on Facebook that I think I have done it here too…oh where has my mind gone!?
Let’s catch up on the past few weeks! Everything has been going well for Jack since his scans. We are so thrilled that he has crossed the 2 year mark post treatment! While we don’t really live by statistics over here, we do know that “statistically”, Jack’s chance of relapse decreases dramatically after the 2 year mark so now that we have that on our side we can feel a little bit better about time passing inbetween scans. Jack goes back on the 11th to see Dr Eshun for a checkup and then we don’t go back in until November for his next scans! That is such a long time!!
A week or so after his scans, Jack celebrated his birthday with his buddies and family here at the house with his “Wipeout” themed birthday party. The kids had a blast!!
Notice Braden doing a little photo bomb in the back!
After the party was over and the kids had all gone home, Jack was out back playing with his cousin when he decided to jump off the slide on his playset and hurt his right foot. We ended up taking him in to Urgent Care and they took an x-ray and let us know he broke his foot!! Since it was a holiday weekend they put his foot in a splint and we had to go and get a boot on Tuesday and then follow up with an orthopedic on Wednesday. We couldn’t believe this happened again! He broke his left foot doing almost the exact same thing last year. We let Dr Eshun know that he broke his foot and he wasn’t thrilled with the fact that he broke 2 bones in a year. Most say, “Oh boys will be boys!” and while that is very true, we always have to go back to cancer and treatment to see if it was a factor with really, to put it mildly, sucks. So Eshun wanted the orthopedic to look at his bones and possibly do a bone density test since the cancer, and the treatment, can cause thinning of the bones. Jack was still in good spirits even though he couldn’t walk and was in a bit of pain.
Jack went back to school on Tuesday and we had his classroom party for the end of the year. We asked all the kids what they wanted to be when they grew up and most kids said teacher and doctor, but Jack said:
Of course I found this to be funny and just so Jack!
The next day was his last day of Kindergarten…notice the boot on his foot…and we are so proud of this little guy. He has grown so much over this past school year that it really blows my mind!
So I couldn’t get Jack in to see the orthopedic at PCH so I went searching for a new doctor. I wanted someone who was familiar with oncology and I found this amazing doc who is an oncology/orthopedic! There are only 3 of them in AZ and she is located very close to us so I called and she said that she would never turn away a child and even though she was fully booked, she got Jack in. I wanted to go and see her because she would be able to tell if there was any damage done because of cancer or treatment. So off we went to see her. Jack had told me that his foot didn’t really hurt anymore and that he felt fine now and I told him we would see what she said. She pulled up the xrays from the urgent care and looked at them and turned to us and said, “Um, his foot is not broken. There is not a break here at all and maybe, if anything, he was bruised. His bones look great and very healthy.” She took off the boot and examined his foot and he let her touch and bend it all over the place. I just sat there with my mouth wide open…seriously. This kid has been on a boot or a splint now for 5 days and it wasn’t even broken! She said we could take off the boot and see how he does…well, he was running by nighttime so he apparently didn’t need anything anymore! Thank God it wasn’t broke!! I felt so awful that he was going to have to spend his summer in a boot! The little Ninja got his wish…he gets to swim, do karate, go to the beach, and have fun this summer!
So all in all, everything is going really well. We will have a few updates coming soon about some events coming up! Jack had a great idea of something to do this summer and we want as many of you to get involved as you can so details to follow!!!