Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The doctor has written a script and we need to go and get him fitted for new straps for his brace, or maybe even a new one, since his leg is getting bigger and is slowly catching up to the size of his "good" leg.
I don't think he or I either one have much hope that the leg will heal enough by January to avoid surgery, but I guess you never know and we'll see in four months.
There's been a lot of upheaval in our family this week and it's been overwhelming. Regardless of the fact that Tanner has cancer, he's still an 18 year old boy with all the pressures that entails. There's just so much peer pressure at this age and life isn't easy.
Marty (his nurse in Little Rock) and I talked during this last trip about the fact that she fears that Tanner is so afraid that he's going to die young, that he's grabbing onto life with both hands and maybe being tempted to do things he wouldn't normally consider doing - judging by the tattoos and ear gages that he's recently acquired (she's the mother of a son and seems to understand some of the pressures they face).
Tanner came to my office yesterday and spent some time talking to my boss, Bruce, and when we left the office he broke down and cried and told me he was sorry for a lot of things and that he realizes that he needs to start taking on some responsibilities and get his life back on a productive track.
Then, knowing that we've had a stressful week, Kirk came over to our house and took us out to eat last night and it meant a lot to Tanner. Kirk has been a constant positive male role model in his life for about twelve years now and it means so much to Tanner when he gets an opportunity to spend some time with him.
He asked Kirk when he was going to cook some pasta with the red wine sauce and Kirk told him he was sure that could happen in the near future. These sorts of things mean so much...
Tanner admitted to me that he knows his life has gotten side tracked but that he's ready to turn things around and focus on the positive things in his life. He is going to take more responsibility for taking care of himself, he's going to check on some of the grants and scholarships available to cancer patients, and he's also going to contact some of the cancer societies that try to help cancer patients find employment within their capabilities.
I am so ready for things to turn around. I need some "normal" for a while....
As is often the case, I don't always know how much "honesty" I should put out here on the Blog. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings and I don't want people to become disappointed in Tanner, but on the other hand this blog has often become my lifeline in trying to handle everything that has happened to me and Tanner during the last year.
Just because he's a cancer patient, doesn't mean that he's a perfect teenager. He's like many other young 18 year old males out there. He's trying to find his way and sometimes he hits a detour. I am just so grateful to those who stand by us as we travel this journey down Tanner's road to recovery - and to adulthood.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The only "active" lesion is in the right femur and they say that lesion is just so big it's going to take it a while to heal. The bone marrow in that area is "almost" normal and they say nothing to worry about.
The bad news is that Tanner's broken left tibia shows no perceptible healing since the last CAT scan done in April.
Dr. Nicholas says that he wants to wait until we come back in four months for his next re-staging tests and see if there is any improvement. This is exactly what he said to Tanner in April so,needelees to say, Tanner was disappointed. He was hoping to either have healed enough that they said things were going to be fine on their own, or that he was ready for surgery. He is just ready to get rid of the crutches.
We asked Dr. Nicholas if he thought four more months were really gong to make a difference since it's already been over a year and he said that the surgery wasn't without risks and he didn't want to go there unless absolutely necessary.
We are heading to Cooks Oncology this afternoon to get him back on his treatment. I'll be sure to keep things updated.