Today started like this....a little gray...
And then, in walked Rabbi Steve with a whole bunch of silliness to help us celebrate Israel's birthday! Israeli chocolate! Bamba! Bissli! And of course, hats and noisemakers and sunglasses, which he instructed Sam to hand out to every visitor. Because of course, like the State of Israel, Sam's future is BRIGHT.
|I think the shirt says it all: Team Awesome|
Things got even better after that. He read me this book....
author and illustrator of Z is for Moose. You'll recall that Michael explained that it was our new favorite book, and a little twitter conversation with the illustrator later....wow. Do you see what "S" is for? That is incredible. Sam was so excited to have his very own copy of this really funny book. Thanks, Kelly and Paul!
I said, "wha!?" He said, "no, really, a hamburger. From the kitchen. With ketchup."
So I ordered the (mostly vegetarian) kid up a hamburger. From the food service.
And he ate it.
Then he said, "can I have another hamburger?"
I know, right? I was just as shocked as you are.
So I ordered up another one. And he ate a little more than half of it.
I think the nutritionist is going to plotz tomorrow when she sees all that was consumed!
So we went on a little walk to work off the hamburger, and we did 11 laps, which is half a mile. Not bad, right? (I did have to beg for the last lap. I thought 11 was a nicer number than 10, but Sam argued that 10 is a nice even number. Argh, math arguments!)
That "whoosh" in the title is me letting out my held-breath just a little. We're not out of the woods in this cycle yet, of course, but it's nice to feel a little return to "hospital normal" with a kid who seems to be feeling better. I'm still holding my breath just a little bit, you never know, but....whoosh.
I know he's feeling much better because at 9pm he was still awake and asked for a snack (apple slices) and that is much more my Sam. His temperature has gone down considerably, although it is still not "normal" (like normal for a normal person. Anything under 100 in Cancerland is considered "okay" and he's hovering in the high 99s now.)
But I'm okay with that. It means the antibiotics are working (his line area already looks much better) and it means that something is working inside....grow, cells, grow!