Wednesday, July 21, 2010

here we go again...and again

yesterday was a bit of a sticky wicket (I am working with some guys from the UK and am working feverishly on adopting their lingo although I am convinced I am using it wrong) as we made 2 trips to the CMH emergency room.  The first was for Matthew's fever and vomitting.  After coming home for a bit, he got another fever and more vomitting so we were headed back in at about midnight at which time they decided to keep the little guy.  Needless to say, I have no idea what day it is today. 

Now for the good news.  Matthew's tests have all come back and show no sign of leukemia.  I like to receive good news now with a heavy dose of guarded optimism seeing that we've been down this road before.  Irregardless, its a huge step and important precursor to going to stem cell transplant.  We are starting another round of chemo tomorrow and should be in the hospital for about another week to 10 days.  After that, its hopefully back home for a few weeks before the transplant process begins. 

In unrelated news, we were fortunate enough to get family pictures taken by Todd Pierson over the weekend.  On our best day, the Furibondo's would be considered a challenge to photograph...and saturday was not our best day.  Todd found a way to make it work and far exceeded my expectations.  With one exception.  I had asked Todd to airbrush about 20lb's off my ever expanding torso.  As you can see from the photos, it is fairly evident he added a few inches instead of deleting them.  You can view the photos here.


Kathy said...

All of you look great! If this was not a good day I would like to see you guys on a great day.

Congrats on the good news:) We will continue to keep all of you in our nightly prayers.

The YEEs

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the tests results are 'good to go!' Love the pictures. Our prayers continue for all of you. Love ya, amj

Carrie said...

So thankful the tests showed no leukemia. My prayers will continue as the next round of chemo continues. You all look wonderful in those pictures.

littlebug-peg said...

Dear Gene and Nicole,

What good news to hear the leukemia is gone; prayers, good thoughts, love hugs, etc., continue. The photos are beautiful and provide a lovely glimpse of life in the Furibondo household; thank you so much for these.

We miss and love you,

Peg and Michael

amy m said...

Good update for sure! Meanwhile, Dana and I continue to send you our love and prayers.

I love to pics, especially the black and white one by the fence. Also the one with Nicole and the two monkeys all huggy.

Amy M.

JM Beluga said...

Todd's photos are PRECIOUS and BREATHTAKING!!!

So happy to hear of your awesome news that Matthew is leukemia-free. But, I know what you mean - I remember far too well those days where you feel like you are just holding your breath.

Nicole- Jasmin thinks about you all the time. She sends her love to Matthew and Claire, too.

Hugs to you all!
Amy Olson

Garbis Grapevine said...

Hope things continue to improve!!!! Love the pics too!!!!! You guys look awesome!!!!! I know it will be hard to be in the hospital again, but see it as 1 step closer to the transplant.


Anonymous said...

Love the Test results, go Matthew!!!!

Don, Steph & Quinn