Thursday, February 8, 2007

Day -(minus) 8

Day -8 started with both of us waking up late for our radiation appointment. We are supposed to be up and ready to go by 7:00 but we didn't wake up until the patient transporter came to pick up Dale. The morning radiation session went well. The nausea was better this time. He threw up breakfast but was able to keep lunch and dinner down. He spent the morning excercising with mom (shooting nerf basketball, throwing the football, running in place and stretching) and doing school work with Paula, the hospital teacher. We were also visited by the hospital chaplain as we were signing Pirates of the Caribbean valentine cards for his class. We quickly hid the skulls and pirate cards out of the chaplains view. We also met Dr. Lasky today. He was very nice. Actually, everyone we have met so far has been great. After the afternoon radiation session, Dale spent the next 2 hrs on his feet building a lego robot. The nurses kept checking in to see if he needed to rest but he didn't stop until it was completed. In the meantime, I fell asleep and took a nap. When I woke up, Dale was still standing there. He didn't want to sit because the physical therapist mentioned he should stand as much as possible to keep up his muscle strength. Our dentist, Dr. Kari Sakurai visited us today and gave us a new mouth rinse to help with the mouth sores. It is new to UCLA and we're hoping it works on Dale so they will consider using it on other kids.
I didn't realize Dale was a LOST fan but he watched 2 hrs of LOST before he took a bath and went to bed. He mentioned he missed the sun and asked how many more days he had to stay here. It was a hard question to answer. Hope all is well outside of UCLA.