Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Just a quick update and a little story.

We went to see the orthopedist about the possibility of scoliosis last week.  He said he saw no sign of it, but we should keep monitoring Anthony.  He has maybe a 5 to 10 % chance (I'll take those odds) of developing it, and if it is caught early, a brace is all that is needed.  We will go back in a year to check again.

Here's the story.  Today, Maria took the kids to meet me for lunch.  We went to the Americana Diner and had a good time.  On the way back to drop me off at work, the kids were coloring in the back seat.  Later, Maria calls me and says "Anthony had an accident in his underwear and there was blood in his urine on the underwear."  OK, who do we call, the pediatrician or the oncologist.  Maria called both, and they said to take him in to the pediatrician to do urinalysis.  While she was waiting for me to get home, she kept staring at the underwear and thinking "it just doesn't look right."  She though that maybe Anthony had a red hand-stamp that rubbed off, but he said he didn't stamp his hand.  She kept asking questions and then thought about the trip back from lunch.  She asked him "did you put a crayon in your pants?"  He said no, but kept looking away.  She asked again and said "I won't get mad, just tell me the truth".  He said "I did, but Emily started it."  Unfortunately, the crayon was reddish orange.  Needless to say, we didn't go to the pediatrician, and Dr. Cole, the oncologist on call thought it was pretty funny.  He asked if he could tell everyone tomorrow.

More gray hair by the minute...

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Anthony went for his monthly checkup yesterday and everything was fine. Dr. Pan said he is looking good and doesn't want to see him for another 3 months. Anthony's bloodwork was fine, too.

Maria took Anthony, Emily, and Sarah up to the floor in the Children's hospital to visit everyone. She said that all of the kids remembered exactly where everything was and didn't miss a beat. Everyone loved seeing Anthony and he enjoyed seeing all of the nurses, Peggy, John, and Ira (the child-life people). All I have to say is that it is good to be able to visit without having to stay.