Put Another One In The Books
Round two of chemo is finally over! Up until now he was feeling and doing really well. The chemo is starting to catch up with him. He started the second round of chemo on Monday, and got a hit of it everyday until Friday. He says he just has that nauseous throw up feeling all the time combined with feeling super tired all day. He isn’t looking for sympathy, but if your leaning that way… he likes apple pie a lot! He still went to school everyday this week though, that alone shows how tough he is. All he has to say is “I don’t feel well” and he can stay home. He is falling behind in school though, but he is doing what he can to keep up.
I moved back up to Rexburg this week :/, so I wasn’t there to beat him in his video games, and help him through the week. But, he still has some of his almost as favorite family members at home to help him out. I do skype with him a bunch though. The pic on the right was from us skyping today. We both dyed our hair to a darkish redish color!! We are probably both in the top 225 list of the best looking dudes in Utah, which is pretty impressive when you consider how many guys live in Utah.
Jake the Dog Flies in Wednesday
Wednesday morning, at like 7 am, we will pick up Jake the Dog from the airport. Everyone is pretty stoked about it, except for the mom. It’s okay, she will get over it. Love you mom 🙂 We will have lots of pictures of him for next weeks post. Also, next week I will give you more details about a couple huge tests that are coming up. Depending on how these tests go will determine if he needs to start doing radiation treatments along with the chemo stuff.
Alec Was Loving Life
Our fam got back from a 7 day New York trip a couple days ago, and Al was in heaven all week long. We got up somewhat early everyday and we went to bed between 12:00 am and 1:00 am every night because we were trying to do everything New York had to offer a bunch of Mormon tourists. A couple of the highlights were the two Broadway plays we saw. We went to The Phantom of the Opera and Les Mis. You need to understand that Alec is 16 years old, and most kids his age are into music that they think everyone else likes. But, Alec loves music from plays like Les Mis and stuff. Someday he will probably write some play that will become super popular. It will bring in loads of revenue that will support him and I for the rest of our lives while we travel around and do crazy stuff.
Al’s Bro Got Engaged
While we were in New York Al’s bro, Riley, proposed to his woman in Central Park. The plan was to go geocaching and have Riley’s girlfriend, Eun Hea, find the ring. Then Riley would do his thing and pop the question. Fortunately, Eun Hea was somehow oblivious to the fact that we all had our phones out recording and taking pictures and acting awkward while they were geocaching for the ring, so she was still surprised when it happened. They are adorable. Oh, and she said yes, so that was a surprise. Just kidding Riley, I’m sure bunches of chicks would say yes to you.
Next Chemo Series Starts Tomorrow
It has been about a month since his last treatment, and his body has handled it really well. He walked all day for 7 days around New York, and he never complained about feeling tired or nauseous. He still has his hair, but it continues to fall out everyday. So, starting tomorrow he will get a shot of chemo everyday until Friday, and we will see how he does this time around. Thanks everyone for your prayers and thoughts. We need everything we can get. Alec is a hero and has been the strength that has helped us all keep going.
Also, check out the new page I created called Triumph. Click here to read it.
Alec is Getting a Dog!
If you don’t know my mom then you don’t know how big of a deal this is. I have heard my mom say before that as soon as a dog walks in the front door then she is walking out the back door…forever. This is a big sacrifice for my mom, but I think this will be so good for Al. We are all here for Alec and will do everything we can for him, and hang with him as much as possible. But, in those quiet moments when we are not around he will have this dog to love him all day long. It is a Havanese, and he is just a little guy that will be around 8 pounds when he is full grown. Al had a tough time coming up with a good name for him. Being the mega nerd that he is, he first came up with some elvish names from Lord of the Rings. Then he wanted to name it after one of the 13 dwarves from The Hobbit. After counseling with everyone in the fam he decided on the name Jake. The name came from a cartoon show he loves called Adventure Time. There is a dog named Jake that is probably the funniest dog on T.V right now. If you have never seen the show then click here to see who he is.
His Hair is Starting to Fall Out!
This just started to happen today. If you pull on a clump of hair from his head then some of it comes off. I have been pulling it off all day, I love doing it for some reason I know, it’s kind of weird. I am trying to convince him to get a some sort of crazy or hipster hair cut before it all falls out. He isn’t convinced yet, give it a couple days and I’ll get him to do it. I created a preview with my phone of what he might look like when it all starts to fall out ha. He is going to be a very handsome bald dude.
Al started his chemo treatments on Monday of last week on the 1st of Dec. They are letting us do the treatments from home! The nurses came over, and taught his dad, Brad, how to be the doctor. It went pretty smooth for his first go around. They have him taking two kinds of chemo’s. One is called Irinotecan and the other is called Temozolomide. The Irinotecon is given through the port they put in his chest, and the other is in pill form. He will be given each drug for 5 days in a row every 28 days. Today is now the 14th and Alec is feeling a little nauseous every now and then, but other than that it hasn’t been too bad. He still has a smile on his face all the time except when his dad beats him in the new Super Smash Bros game! It only happened once, but it was all Brad needed to be on a natural high for a few days.
Alec is the biggest nerd ever, in the pic you can see his Dr. Who belt ha. If you want to get Alec a gift or something he loves anything Dr. Who. He also likes brownies. I have also heard that Alec’s brother, Braydon, will be in town from school during the Christmas break, and he also loves brownies! Feel free to drop by and visit with Alec anytime with some goodies!