Friday, January 1, 2010

We just can't stay away from the hospital.

I hope the holidays were great for all of you. We had a pretty good Christmas week. It was busy... we had three separate celebrations and by the end of it all the kids were beginning to act like entitled little punks so we've been working on gratitude this week. It seems to be helping.

We also had a visit at the Bone Marrow Transplant office right smack in the middle of the week, which only intensified the chaos of the holidays. We spent a few hours talking with the transplant doctor about the process, the options and what we can expect. Phil will be doing another cycle or two of chemo and could have his stem cells pulled as early as next week, depending on what his numbers look like. We both liked the doctor; he was very thorough and it was nice to have a clearer picture of how things are supposed to go down.

Speaking of things going down, I was at the top of our steps on Wednesday and slipped, falling allllll the way to the hardwoods at the bottom. My lower back was in excruciating pain and there was obvious concern about how the baby was doing so Phil took me to the ER while my friend Lindsay watched the kids. It turns out that, if you want to be seen right away in the ER, tell them you're 23 weeks pregnant and fell down a flight of stairs. They rushed me back, brought in the ultrasound gurus and checked us both out. Besides a fractured tailbone, everything looked good and we were discharged about two hours after arriving. So I've been trying to rest and take it easy for the last couple of days which isn't too difficult to do since I can't move. Phil took the week off and has been manning the children as best as one person can. My mom calls us Sick and Sicker, and that's just about right. It's currently up for debate who's who.

We had intentions of watching the ball drop on TV last night from the comfort of our respective couches but got all caught up in Stupid Human Tricks on The Late Show and accidentally rang in the new year watching some guy try to blow bubbles with his mouth using baby shampoo. When we turned back to Times Square it was 12:03. We are easily distracted, and even more easily amused.

So that's the holiday update. 2010 is going to have rough patches, so I can't say I'm all excited about it at this point, but there will be some bright spots as well and those will hopefully be enough to carry us through the challenges.

I hope you are all feeling well and staying hydrated today. You crazy party animals you.

9 comments:

Bob OC said...

Hi...I'm so sorry to hear about your fall! I hope that you're on the mend.

Hope you don't mind if I follow your blog...my older sis was recently diagnosed with MM, so we'll take all the encouragment and positive energy we can get...and your blog is just what the doctor ordered!

Wishing you a HEALTHY New Year!

- Bob O'C (in Connecticut)

Cassie said...

Bob, welcome, and we're glad you're stopping in. =)

I'm sorry to hear about your sister and I hope she is doing well and in good spirits, as well as you and the rest of your family.

Best to you all in the new year... may it be uneventful in a good way. =)

Mustangbz said...

Hi!
Cassie I'm so sorry about your fractured tailbone! It's definitely a very painful recovery. Those little butt donuts work wonders though, take my word for it!
In an odd sort of way, it's exciting to know the SCT is just around the corner. I hope it goes as smooth as possible for you Phil.
On a side note: My aunt was told she's now in remission! Yay for us!
Take Care,
Liz

Mustangbz said...

Hi!
Cassie I'm so sorry about your fractured tailbone! It's definitely a very painful recovery. Those little butt donuts work wonders though, take my word for it!
In an odd sort of way, it's exciting to know the SCT is just around the corner. I hope it goes as smooth as possible for you Phil.
On a side note: My aunt was told she's now in remission! Yay for us!
Take Care,
Liz

Janet Smith said...

Hey there Cassie- You poor thing. what a big pain in the butt ... Sorry couldn't help it. You guys had a full plate before and this is just one moire thing to balance. I don't know how you do it. you amaze me. Please let me know if you need anything. I know you guys have a great support system there, but I figure one more can't hurt. So just give me a holler if you need something...dinner, grocery shopping or anything. We are sending healing prayers for a happy and blessed New Year.

Janet

TiffnKirk said...

My husband was diagnosed with MM the week of Thanksgiving. After the shock wore off, then horror set in after reading the internet about MM, I found your site. Thank you for the positive and honest portrayal of this cancer. You have given us hope and comfort in a way that I am unable to explain. We are young as well (for this disease). I am 34 and my husband is 42. We just had a one year old little boy. Kirk is currently undergoing chemo at The James Cancer in Ohio.

I look forward to reading more about your experiences,and I pray that your family finds peace this year. 2010 poses challenges, but hopefully rewards as well.

Maybe somehow we can find a way to find a little competition between the mm patients from Michigan and OSU:-)

Thanks again for your inspiring story. You have a beautiful family.

{(C)} said...

Note to self: Tell hospital I'm 23 weeks pregnant if I want to be seen faster...

Cassie said...

Liz, a friend recommended I sit on a Boppy- like the nursing pillow. It helps quite a bit. Congrats to your aunt! What awesome news!

Janet, thank you so much for your kind words and offer to help. We appreciate it so much.

Tiffany, I'm so sorry to hear of Kirk's diagnosis. I remember receiving that jarring blow and how we remained in a state of shock for a few weeks, if not months, afterward. I hope you guys are finding the encouragement and support that is out there for MM patients and their families. Being young presents a different set of challenges, especially when young children are involved. If you ever want to chat please let me know.

Oh Chip... you'll be seen faster that way, but probably in the white room by the people in white coats. I hear they have the good drugs in there, though.

Phil Brabbs said...

Chip- Their drugs are amazing!