Monday, June 28, 2010

When it rains....

Last night it poured in Toronto!
And it poured in the Grajcer household...

Brandon back in hospital
Basement flooded
Car broken into

Time for the sun to start shining!!

More bumps in the Road - Brandon back in hospital

We were just starting to get used to normal again, and unfortunately we find ourselves back in the hospital. They are great here, but I HATE this place, and I hate not having Brandon at home with us!

Last Tuesday Brandon started feeling sick (cold) and his clinic Dr told him to keep watch. On Thursday Brandon went on a golf excursion with his work and was not feeling well at all - nauseous, coughing, hacking....

On Friday his colleague drove him straight to North York General Emergency - we couldn't go to his regular hospital because of the G20 - REALLY?!?!?
Anyways - quite eerie to be back at the hospital where he was first diagnosed.
They did some blood tests and a chest x-ray to check for pneumonia but everything came back ok so we went home.

Saturday night was one of the worst Brandon has had since he got sick. Aside from the nausea, coughing, headache and hacking, he also had SEVERE bone pain in his legs. That is a side effect of reducing one of his drugs. He spent ALL night groaning in pain....unbearable pain that we could not stop.

So Sunday morning we headed into emerg where they performed all the tests again and added a CAT scan of his chest. Results showed some cloudiness so he was admitted last night. They now have him in isolation and are going to do additional tests to see what type of infection he has in his lungs (bacterial, fungal or viral). That will help determine the diagnosis.

He is actually feeling ok now, but they need to be extra careful as he is more susceptible to illness and it is tougher for him to recover.

So we are back where we started - hopefully just a forced rest for my sweetie and he needs the sleep as much as anything.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Magic Wishes

After Dana's graduation we took her out for lunch.
She found a nickel on the ground and we told her she could make a wish.
Consistent with her wishes over the last few months...

"I wish Daddy feels better."
"He is feeling better Dana. Your wish is coming true. It worked!"

The smile on Dana's face at that moment could melt a glacier.

"Can I make another wish?"
"Sure."
"I wish I can always wear dresses."

Oh, the beauty, power and innocence of young wishes.

Dana - My wish is that all your wishes come true.

Milestone

Yesterday Dana graduated from nursery - big girl making us all proud!

My parents arrived from Montreal to be there, Brandon's parents were there as well.

But most meaningful of all was Dana's daddy - crouching in front of the front row, taking pictures of his daughter and smiling with pure joy as she sang "These are the People in my Family".

It's been almost 6 months since Brandon was diagnosed with Leukemia. At the time (and for quite some time after that) we had no idea what the future would look like. Truth be told, we had no concept of what "future" actually meant.

So to be here today, at this monumental occasion, is breathtaking!

Brandon is stronger every day, he is taking care of us, he is playing with the kids, we are out on dates, he is enjoying friends and family...

BRANDON IS HERE.
And he is cancer-free.
And the future is bright.

And this is one of the many momentous occasions that we will celebrate together...as a family.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Witch is dead!!

Results of bone marrow test -

NO BLAST CELLS!

NO CANCER!!!

What a great post to be typing :)
Now we deal with the Graft vs Host Disease as Brandon continues to beat all the demons!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bone Marrow Test

Yesterday Brandon had his 60-day post-transplant bone marrow aspiration. Not a fun experience for anyone (especially Brandon). But as usual he put on a brave face as they cork-screwed the "straw" into his hip.

This is a big one - they are checking to make sure that he is still in remission and they are also checking the composition of the marrow (new cells vs old cells) hoping to see the new cells at a high level.

Now we wait for the results....probably in a week.

Everything will be great!