Saturday, August 18, 2007

Feeling good!

Mom here (I'll try to get Nick to post later)...

Nick was checked out of the hospital last night around 6:00 p.m. With the reduced chemo this round, he is feeling pretty good and has kept up his appetite. During this week, he had visitors from:

His swashbuckling, gift-bearing godmothers (they brought him a Marie Calendar chicken pot pie, a pirate hat, dreadlocks on a hat so he had hair on his head for awhile, pirate pj's and miscellenous pirate toys and tattoos!) One of the funniest gifts was a card that said on the front, "When someone asks you how you feel, I don't want you to say, 'Ok' or 'So, so' but... and when you opened the card, it was a recording of James Brown's scream... "Whaaaoooo! I feel good! with the music - it startled most people when they opened the card - brought lots of smiles and of course, Nurse Mary took to go show the doctors.

His mild mannered friend, Rob (who also took a turn spending the night at the hospital;

A few of the guys;

He had the regular entourage of Mom, Lee, his dad and Savanna visiting and bringing him breakfast, lunch & dinner (Nick no longer appreciates the fine dining of the hospital cafeteria). Just as the hair on his head is starting to come back in baby-fine fuzz, he's losing the hair on his legs and his eyebrows. Per Savanna, he only has 35 little hairs remaining on his left eyebrow (there were 36 until she blew on it). He is gaining a little weight and for the first time, didn't require additional fluids or a wheelchair when we went in today for his Neulasta shot! I think we are going to make the trip to California on Friday! His next round of chemo has been temporarily delayed until after Sept 5th - we'll see how the surgeon wants to proceed.

Today has been a great day!

With love,



Chris Ulvin said...

Happy Monday Nick
I was thinking - Pirates were probably the precursor to cowboys. Both were fighters so you are staying true to your spirit. Clowns don't strike me as "fighters" but then, we are to be joyful and love each other - which is another dimension of your spirit. May you have safe travels to California - continued healing and weight gain - and encouraging reports from your doctors. Love, aunt Chris
P.S. Thank you for the posted updates - obviously I check them daily since I leave a comment each time.

Chris Ulvin said...

Happy Day Three Nick,
Genesis 1:9-13 made me reflect on your cancer journey - do I remember correctly that some chemos come from plants and seeds? May what God created in the beginning heal you today. Amen.
Love, aunt Chris