by Michael Wells
It’s 4:21am and Brady is resting quietly. He is still hooked up to a bevy of equipment but his latest blood cluster came back negative for gram-positive cocci in chains (streptococci). This is good news because it means the antibiotics are working and the infection is under control. Hopefully he is headed in the right direction.
My friend and business associate David K. said it best; “This is painful for Brady and agony for you and Sherrie.” In-deed it is just that; anguish and pain. But make no mistake about it our son Brady is a fighter and he will beat this beast. There is no doubt in our mines, in our hearts and in our souls that our son will get through this challenge and live just a wonderful life.
It’s now 10:30am and Brady just returned from getting another chest x-ray. His breathing is still erratic and latest medical scenario is he is receiving too many fluids. So, now it’s more diuretics. My son is a walking chemistry experiment. He appears to be comfortable which I believe is a by-product of Morphine but I’d rather have him way than in pain.
His breakfast just arrived so I’m going to most likely eat is for him. The hospital internet is “down” again and this might cause some delays in posting journal entries. I will do my best to keep it up to date. Until next time; please keep Brady in your thoughts, prayers and hugs…
It’s just after 8:00pm and for the first time in several days our son Brady is back. He slept away the entire day and now he just about as happy and smiling as he has ever been. His temperature is down to 96.4 and his blood pressure is normal. He is still receiving a bunch of meds for everything you can imagine but he is bright eyed and bushy tail. Sherrie and I are just ecstatic with relief.
Brady is sitting in his crib dancing (bouncing) to the sounds of Geoffrey the Giraffe (stuffed animal from Aunt Ellen & Uncle Frank) as he sings “I can see clearly now the rain is gone.” What an absolutely appropriate song. We can see clearly now Brady appears to be out of danger and on the mend. Pray he stays this way!!!
Until next time; Please keep Brady in your thoughts, prayers and hugs…
“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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