This week has been pretty uneventful (whew!). I am still concerned about Michael's platelet count though. He is still bruising super easy. Tonight he was swinging a small rope around, pretending it was a lasso, when it came back and hit him lightly on the side of the head. Within seconds, there was a nice little bruise. In fact Michael has so many bruises, even he is commenting on them. I called the school nurse on Monday so that she and Michael's teacher, Mrs. Adams, would know that the bruises are an expected side effect and they wouldn't get alarmed (and so they would know we really aren't beating him). My understanding from Dr. Kennedy is that if his counts are still low this week then that's a good indication his immune system has turned on his healthy cells. Keep your fingers crossed that isn't the case.
Michael started playing t-ball last night but they were rained out. They had practice just long enough to hand out uniforms - a color coordinated hat and t-shirt. Michael is on the "red" team so his uniform is red (of course). There are a couple of kids from his pre-k class on his team so Michael was pretty excited. Practice will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for 2 weeks and then they will play 4 games in the next 2 weeks. Of course, I will take lots of pictures and try not to bore you with too many.
This morning Michael was asking Jeff and me about what was going on the rest of this week (trying to keep his social calendar straight and all). When he got to Friday, he got a smile on his face and said "that is my treatment day". I was taken back a little and asked him if he liked going to his treatments. To my surprise, he said "yes". He added that he doesn't like "getting needles" but that the rest of his treatment was fun. Now before you think he has gone off the deep end, Michael's attitude is a testament to the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff in the pediatric oncology unit at University Hospital. They care deeply about each of the kids as individuals and it comes across to the kids and their families. I am sorry that we are going through this whole ordeal but I am thankful that we were directed to this wonderful team. Until Friday, please keep Michael in your thoughts and prayers, JoAnne