Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The visit to Dr. La Quaglia went very well yesterday. Dr. La Quaglia always says how happy he is with Anthony's progress. He now only wants to see him in one year. While we were discussing the dates, we realized that yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of Anthony's diagnosis. Dr. L said that by 3 years from diagnosis, the probability of anything coming back is basically the same as it is a 5 years (the semi-official time period after which kids are considered "cured"). I took that as him saying he would consider Anthony cured next year at this time!

Dr. L also mentioned that it is probably not a good idea for Anthony to be doing any type of Karate that involves sparring (like the one he is doing now). That means we should probably start looking for other sports for him to do. Getting involved with sports that could lead to scholarships wouldn't be a bad thing...

We brought Emily and Sarah this time, since the kids are on spring break. After the visit, we walked over to the Central Park zoo and stayed there for a while. The kids enjoyed it and didn't want to leave early (my idea, so we could avoid traffic). So, we stayed a couple of hours longer and then went over to a playground on the east side of Central Park where the kids played in the sand, climbed a giant rock, and explored the playground area. After leaving the park, we walked over to 2nd ave. and ate at a little diner on the corner of 69th st. On the way home, we stopped for ice cream and coffee. We all had a really great time. We're now going to have to go to Manhattan for non-medical reasons. Hooray!

Monday, April 25, 2005

We're going over to Memorial Sloan-Kettering tomorrow for Anthony's check-up with the surgeon. It has been 1 year and 8 months since the surgery and has been 6 months since his last surgical check-up. Dr. La Quaglia said that after this visit, we can see him once a year instead of every 6 months. I'll post an update after we get back.

We are planning to go to the Central Park zoo after the visit to the hospital if it is warm. If not, we may go to the Metropolitan Museum or Ellis Island.