Today marks exactly seven days since Christian started Chemotherapy. Thankfully, Christian has NOT experienced any nausea or vomiting. As I mentioned before, his appetite is not back to normal, by any means. However, over the last 2 days, we have seen an increase in appetite and in the amount of food he is eating. Christian jokingly mentioned a few days ago, "Now I know what it must mean to feel pregnant". LOL!! He was making this remark because since the doctors have mentioned several times that we should try to be flexible and give Christian what he FEELS like eating, we have been querying him repeatedly with the same question: What do you feel like eating? As most of you who are parents know, in real life, what our kids FEEL like eating and what they ACTUALLY eat, are usually mutually exclusive. In other words, most of the time, we REALLY don't care and are definitely not indulging adolescent cravings.
However, in an attempt to ensure that he keeps eating regularly, we have made several trips to random places to satisfy cravings. Prime example would be when 2 nights ago after eating his dinner, Christian said he felt like eating some ice cream. It was ten o'clock at night. At 10:05pm, Daniel and I were headed to Target to get Cookies & Cream ice cream. Yesterday afternoon, Christian mused about wanting some shellfish(this might have been inspired by his Uncle Fabian asking about making him some Crabs, Thanks Uncle Fabian). I was at Outback Steakhouse Curbside Carryout fifteen minutes later.
Needless to say, I do not believe that we will continue to indulge every craving that my 16yo puts forth. But, as a parent who feels like they have so little control over what is happening to their child's body, you will have to excuse Aaron & I, for just taking a few days to feel like there is SOMETHING we can do for him. It may seem small, but sometimes the small things are all you can do.
Christian's next appointment is this Friday. At that time, the doctors will check his blood counts to ensure that he is not in danger of infections, excessive bleeding or anemia. Please keep Christian and all of the treatment staff at Hopkins in your prayers. The Hopkins staff has taken good care of us and are in need of God's grace as well. Currently, we are also scheduled to go back on July 31st for Christians next Chemotherapy treatment. He should be inpatient again for about 3-5 days this next time. We continue to be very blessed by family, friends and acquaintances who continue to bring us meals and offer care and support for us. Thank you so much for caring for our family during this time.