Wednesday, February 8, 2012

One of my biggest worries as a mom of a child with cancer is getting sick myself and not being able to care for him, but it happened.  Last week I came down with a nasty virus which landed me in the ER. They ended up admitting me for dehydration and the fact that they couldn't get my blood pressure up.  That bug must have been one heck of a super bug to get past my OCD hand washing and sanitizing!  Whenever anyone in my family is sick I stay away like its the plague but this time that plague was me so I couldn't be around Skyler.  He ended up staying with my parents for the weekend while I got over it.  I have been so scared of ending up in this situation and didn't know how Skyler's medical needs would be taken care of but we survived.  My mother in law took him up to clinic to get his line flushed and dressing changed.  This was the very first time I haven't been with Skyler at the hospital and lets just say I'm glad I was too drugged up to think about it.  I was also able to send Skyler's antibiotic and chemo home with my parents and it worked out great.  Skyler had a wonderful weekend at Grandma and Grandpa's and everything turned out just fine.  It was hard to be without him for three nights but I think it was really good for him.  As much as parents need breaks from their kids sometimes, I'm sure kids need breaks from their parents sometimes as well.  I never thought I would say this but I'm glad this happened. Now I know we can survive when things like this are thrown our way.  Its a big confirmation that we are living again and life is on the right track. It feels great.  It was also a great blessing that Skyler didn't end up getting sick.  I'm grateful his counts were high enough and his immune system was working as it should be.  I don't think it was just a coincidence.


Skyler has been doing awesome lately.  He is so active and is always running and throwing himself around.  His body is getting really strong and you can see how happy he is that he can do things he used to be able to do.  I cant wait for the summertime when he can go and play outside.  He has been feeling so good and has so much energy now so it will be a wonderful thing when he can go out in the backyard and sunshine and run around.  For now his bed gets alot more use than just sleeping in it.  I'm sure I am the only mother in the world that encourages jumping on the bed.  You do what you gotta do though when your kid needs to keep his body moving. 

One of Skyler's favorite games is Monopoly.  I know weird right?  To me its one of the most boring games out there but he LOVES it.  His favorite part is counting the money so lately he has been really into money.  The past couple of weeks his favorite thing to do is sell his toys.  He will disappear into his room for awhile and collect a big pile of toys to sell.  He sets them all up in an organized group and makes price tags for each thing.  The running price for most of his toys are $1.00 or $1.01.  When he is done setting up he runs out so excited to show me what he has done and all the things I can buy.  I usually end up buying most of the stuff (how can you say no to that cute face who is sure you need a transformer to make it through the day)  And because they are mine now they end up in my room, so basically his toy room is now surrounding my bed.  It really is so cute and he is learning all about money and it is helping him with his math skills. 

I am so grateful that he is doing so well.  Even though he is still in active treatment we are starting to get a glimpse of what life used to be before this evil monster called Leukemia took over our lives.  I am also so grateful for the love and support that we are shown everyday.  It is one of the best feelings to know that there are people (some I haven't even met) that are praying for and sincerely care about my son.  I don't know where I would be without you all.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!


 I just had to add this picture because I thinks its super cute.  He put on my glasses and this is him being cool.

7 comments:

Lacy Allred said...

Maybe in the summer Skyler could participate in a yard sale or bake sale and actually sell something!? or a lemonade stand? I work at Hot Dog on a Stick and I'm sure we could donate some lemonade and he could sell it and make a few bucks, that would make his DAY! Oh my gosh, now I'M excited! WAY TO GO SKY! My heart breaks for Millie though, I follow her story as well :( Stupid cancer!!!!!!!!!!!

Tonya said...

I am so happy that Skyler is doing so well. He deserves this. Glad you are feeling better also.

Lisa said...

So sorry you've been sick, Crystal! That bug is a beast. Glad to hear that all went well with the grandparents and that you've had another confirmation that things are improving. Much love to you and Skyler!

suzie said...

That post Brings a smile SO SO SObig across my face to hear how well he's doing!! Sorry u were feeling crummy though....glad ur bttr and soliloquy happy ur skyler didn't get it. Oh, and Skyler......u r MOST DEFINITELY ....THE COOLEST KID AROUND.....love the glasses and ur cool dude pose!!! :o)

*suzie

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful message,, so very glad that you are feeling better and that Sklyer is doing so well,, May God continue to watch over you both.

Zachs mom

Emily said...

He is SO handsome! I'm sorry you were sick, I hope you're feeling completely better.

Brice.TawniWilliams said...

So glad the BOTH of you are feeling better!