by Michael Wells
November 1st and I’m a year older, UCONN loses a heartbreaker to Rutgers, the New York Yankees are on their way to buying another World Series, and some how I really don’t care. Its ironic how in a single moment life as you know it can change? Now my daily box scores are Complete Blood Counts, temperatures, and the amount of time my son can be unhooked from his pumps. It’s just strange how “stuff” happens!
It’s 3:21am (really 4:21am) and once again I cannot sleep. It’s just impossible for any human with pulse and a brain to sleep in a hospital. Nurse Sue just came into the room to inform me “Now’s the time we have to really start watching him (Brady) as his blood counts start to fall.” Today is the last day of Chemo and so now it’s wait and see time.
I hate this disease. I want to kick the crap out of it. I am so angry I could scream. I want to grab it by its throat and choke it to death! It’s not right for a baby to be this sick, not like this, it’s just not right. I am just SO angry!!! …And that my friends was; my little “hissy fit.”
Now back to reality – My son Brady is amazing! He is the only one of us dealing with this situation with poise and confidence. He will call for me and laugh and smile and melt your heart in a nano-second. I know he’s my son and I know I am bias but he is just a remarkable child. I could probably learn a lot from him.
On a lighter side, my daughter Jennifer and son Stephen came to visit Brady. This really touched Sherrie and me as Jenn lives in Bethesda, MD and Steve in Daytona Beach, FL. It was really nice to see the both of them.
It’s now 3:42 am and the cafeteria is about to close so I am off to get a cup of coffee. Until next time please keep Brady in your thoughts and prayers…
“8 Years Later—Still No Cure for Pediatric Cancer” is a series of posts revisiting the journal kept by Sherrie and Michael Wells during the cancer diagnosis and treatment of their son, Brady Michael. Hopefully these entires will provide an understanding of the journey families face when dealing with these horrific diseases and of the important work the Hugs for Brady Foundation does.
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