It’s been a very busy week following the St George’s Day toddle last weekend – a day that we’ll never forget. What I’m finding amazing is how, at such a difficult time for us as a family, we’re managing to have some of the most beautiful, positive moments.
A great example of this is the transformation of George’s bedroom that’s also been happening over the last week.
We’ve had kindness from all directions for that too with our good friends, Ryan and Simone Norris, donating towards George’s new bed along with The Mark Gorry Foundation. This has made life so much easier as his new big boy’s bed has a second bed that pulls out from underneath! it means that whoever is on duty that night (cough, cough Mummy) can sleep comfortably by George and let the other get a decent night’s kip.
This is going to be particularly important over the coming months as George might be more sickly and uncomfortable.
George’s Nanny Jane and Grandad Tony bought him a new bedding and curtain set – covered fire engines of course!
The team at North Cheshire Construction worked tirelessly in their spare time to rip out the old room, remove the old nasty artex ceiling, plaster, paint, wallpaper, install new sockets, switches, skirtings and more….
We feel blessed to have such wonderful people around us and are eternally grateful to everyone.
George’s “Interim Maintenance” phase of treatment is already drawing to an end this week and we’ll be moving into “Delayed Intensification” next week… yeah it’s as grim as it sounds.
I’d intentionally avoided looking closely at what this next phase is going to include as it’s renown for being harsh compared to the current phase. This next 7-8 week phase is going to hopefully eradicate any remaining nasties that are hanging about, then the next 3 years or so of chemotherapy are to make sure it doesn’t come back! well that’s my understanding anyway…
Luckily for George we have nurses like crazy Debbie to keep us amused each visit though.. this was George yesterday having a blood test – I’m so proud of him, he just cracks on even when his nurse is a bit nuts 😉
Tomorrow we’re back at Oncology clinic at Alder Hey to have the chemo that he has at home adjusted and prescribed.
Next week we’ll be starting with a blood test on Tuesday then depending on his blood counts, we’re back Wednesday for theatre (spinal chemotherapy), Thursday he’ll start back on steroids and have another two kinds of chemo through a drip for an hour or so. He gets Thursday off but we’re back on Friday for an injection in his bum that he’s had before… he doesn’t like it (who would!?) but I think that might the last one of those he needs for this phase thank goodness.
Amongst all the above he’ll still be having his daily chemo at home and his weekend medicine that he’s had since the beginning.
So approach with caution next week, it’s Week one of eight for this phase. I’m anticipating less sleep all round, roid-rage, a few more tears (all round!) and the peperami monster might be back… at least we have a cosy new bedroom to keep him smiling and how lovely was the message from the Swashbuckle crew today!?
There’s more excitement happening this weekend with Oliver and I taking part in Gung Ho Manchester on Saturday morning with some of our lovely friends. Our target for our garden has been met before we even managed to take part!? a testament to the support we obviously have out there! I’ll still be updating on how we get on as Oliver’s really looking forward to doing his bit and embarrassing his Mum!