Well, I hate to use the boy's 'baby book blog' for this kind of thing, but I know how many family and friends check this and I thought it a good way to keep people up to date in light of the recent events.
Here's what's hit us:
-Richard went to the clinic for a cough that just wasn't going away, some extra bruising, and some shortness of breath.
-The clinic sent him for some blood work and an EKG.
-We got a call at around 10pm to say that Richard's blood cells/platelets/haemoglobin are abnormally low and we could/should go to emergency at VGH, but would be waiting to see a specialist for a really long time, and/or we head straight to the Bone Marrow/Leukemia floor of VGH for a 9am appointment and maybe overnight.
-My mom came out that night so she could watch the boys while we went there the next day.
-We head to VGH optimistic but freaked out.
-They did some more blood work, said they'd do a transfusion. (2 bags of red blood cells and 1 bag of platelets). This would get him feeling better and fix his shortness of breath.
-The doctor told us that it looks to be Leukemia. There's only about a 5% chance that it's not.
-We were shocked, obviously. This came out of no where, which is, apparently, the way most people find out about Leukemia.
-We get to head home. What a drive home.
-Thanks mom for watching the boys, thanks Erica and Kevin for understanding that I couldn't watch Jack and Rya, thanks to Jen who was already going to be taking AJ to swimming lessons the next day, thanks to all friends and family who we talked to that day, especially Aili (who's been through this all to recently and had a good deal of advice and information overload and empathy). We're missing the family that's far away (and appreciating the love they're sending) and the family that Richard was supposed to see on Friday for his Grannie's funeral that he had to miss.
-We decide to enjoy today and go to my sister's grade 12 graduation commencement and dinner with Mom, Ken, and Kim. Paul, deciding to be a typical 15 year old, hung out with friends instead. lol.
-Thanks to dad who stayed home with the boys for a VERY adventurous day involving some lack of naps, bruises, late bedtimes, and Dexter falling out of the crib. But boy did the boys enjoy their visit with Grand-Dan (seriously, not being sarcastic). Hopefully, he'll come back again!!!
-Dexter gets switched over to a toddler bed, cold turkey. lol.
-AJ's still up. We're going to give him a cuddle, put him to bed, and then enjoy each other's company.
-Hopefully just enjoying a nice day being a family. Loving each other. Appreciating each other. Maybe a playground if it's not raining.
-Richard will go for a bone marrow biopsy so we can find out if it is in fact Leukemia, and what type.
Wish us luck.
Good wishes, vibes, or prayers are ALL appreciated.
Love you all, and sorry to those who haven't received a call yet. We do love you too.