This week, our awesome friend Susie Sherman helped to set up a behind-the-scenes tour with Dr. Bruce Beehler, Deputy Zoo Director of the Milwaukee County Zoo. As you've noticed from some of our earlier posts, my family loves the zoo. Especially Sam. This was a pretty big deal! Sam and Yael (and Dad!) were joined by our friends Tricia and Talah, while I stayed home with Solly who wasn't quite ready for the tour at his age. Dr. Beehler introduced them to an octopus, took them to see the quarantined-fish-tank, showed them a 100-year-old turtle and gave them a bird's eye view of the shark tank. They also rode around the zoo in a golf cart and learned a lot about the zoo and its animals! The Milwaukee Zoo has a train that travels around the property, and they also saw the handmade steam engine that was part of the original train project. It was pretty amazing, and Sam was overjoyed to tell me all about it. Thank you so much to Susie and to Dr. Beehler -- what a wonderful experience!
Amazon Wish List here. I think we will continue to add items as the House tells us of various needs....so stay tuned.)
|I think this was just ONE day's worth of mail!
|Processing and delivering toys and DVDs
We met this week with the doctor who will be overseeing Sam's bone marrow transplant. He said to us, "just keep doing what you're doing." He meant that we should continue to keep Sam upbeat, engaged, active, and of course, healthy. I must admit, this job is actually quite exhausting! Today Sam fell down and skinned his knee. A totally "normal" moment, but of course, it led to a great deal of internal panic not only on our part, but Sam's too. He was so scared that something terrible had happened. It took a while for it to stop bleeding, since his platelets are a little bit low, and we did make a quick phone call over to the HOT Unit just to check in and make sure we didn't need to do anything else in a precautionary sense. It just underscored the precariousness of our situation. For the most part, things feel "normal" -- the chemo seems to be having little negative effect on Sam. So we have to hope that inside the deepest recesses of his cell structure, it's doing its job....and in the meantime, we just try to experience as much as we can.