Monday October 8, 2001
Well we had another great weekend. Andrea's parents flew up for the weekend and we went apple picking in Cashmere. The owner of the farm thought we were a little crazy when we said we wanted to pick our own apples, but we convinced her that it was okay. We usually pick apples in upstate New York when we fly east for my family reunion, but this year we couldn't make it for obvious reasons. Picking apples in Cashmere was okay, but nobody had apple cider donuts! I feel sorry for those of you who have never had a hot apple cider donut with cold cider. If anybody in New York or New Jersey reads this, go ahead and send us a care package of cider donuts! <grin>
There were several horses on the farm and we took turns feeding them apples. That's how we got him to stand so still for this picture. At another one of the apple farms there was a petting zoo with rabbits, chickens, llamas, goats, geese, etc.... Andrea is going to kill me, but here is a 15 second video clip of her and Alex having a conversation with some geese at the petting zoo. It's in MPEG format and is about 1.3 mg. in size. See it now before she makes me take it off the site!
On the medical front Alex finished her last radiation treatment today! We thought some of you might be interested in how the treatment is performed, so I've included two photos. By the time this photo was taken Alex had already been put under using general anesthesia. The mesh mask that you see is used to target where the radiation should go. The actual treatments only last about 10-15 minutes. Once they're done they bring Alex out and she takes another 30 minutes or so to completely wake up as you can see from the photo below.
It will be a few weeks before they do another CT Scan, but it definitely looks like the radiation was effective in breaking up the tumor. Alex is actually going to be upset that she won't (hopefully) be going back for more radiation. She really became attached to everyone over at UW (and they to her) and actually threw fits when she had to leave. She's the only kid who loves going to the hospital.
On Wednesday Alex will have her third IT chemo treatment, a spinal tap (to check her CNS), a blood test and a bone marrow aspirate. Keep praying for a clean bone marrow, it's the only hope we have of avoiding more drastic treatment.
As you know the last month has been stressful for everyone, including us. On top of everything else that has happened my business has ground to a halt in the wake of the September 11th attacks. I've already had two major projects canceled and another project postponed in the last few weeks. I haven't been able to find new projects to replace the lost revenue (~ $10,000-$15,000), so if you know of anyone looking for a web site have them contact me at (425) 377-9065. They can also check out our website for a portfolio. While Alex is undergoing outpatient treatment, I've got time to work. If things take a turn for the worse that's not going to be the case.
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Thanks again to all of you for three years of love, support and prayers. Let's hope the roller coaster is on its way back up the track. <grin>
Todd, Andrea and Alex
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