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Bakersfield, CA, United States
Hans was a busy, happy, sweet and fearless three year old when he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. He fought his disease like a "gladiator" for nearly 6 years. Hans was an animal lover to his core. He was 'guarded' at home by his three cats, Black, Orange and Cotton. He also had his Golden Retriever, Honey, to keep him company. Hans enjoyed swimming, biking, gardening, grilling (he had his very own grill!), horseback riding, playing video games, building Legos, and flipping between Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Animal Planet. Hans loved all members of his family and he was a loyal friend. He had to go through a lot of treatment in his life. But Hans powered through it. His attitude was let's get this done! His motivation was always to get back home, to his family, pets, favorite foods and pool.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Packin' two lunches for tomorrow

I guess I'm getting organized in 2010 - we've already cleaned up dinner dishes and we're packing lunches here at 6:30pm. The big news is that it's two lunches for school tomorrow! We got good counts today - so we're going to go for it and (try to) send Hans to school tomorrow through the end of the week. Then, we get counts Tuesday, so hopefully he'll be able to do the end of next week too?? It's a start.

Today's Counts, at Day 7, Round 2 of Millineum
HGB: 11.2
Platelets: 184
ANC 1610

Still waiting on chemistries... But, they had come up somewhat at our check up in Philly, so we have reduced his Potassium dosage by a bit.

Hans tipped the scales today at 16.2 Kilos! Despite the fact that he is half a head of hair lighter, I think this is by far the biggest he's ever been, by at least half a kilo. He did look a little puffy today - bloated almost. So, we'll see what's been going on. He has been VERY thirsty - and his beverage of choice these days is Blue Kool Aid! He's still into the hot dogs and chicken, but luckily he'll go from some berries and oranges as well. And, as ever, the chips and salsa keep coming. We had a problem where our local supermarket (HEB) changed up their recipe for their store-brand chicken noodle soup. Hans was such a connoisseur of his soups that he could tell it was wrong, even if I held up the old can to try to trick him. His taste buds are so sensitive or tortured that he can even smell it out as the wrong soup. But, with a stroke of good luck, HEB started carrying the old recipe again. I think this soup helps keep his salts up.

I just told Elle that Hans is outshining her as far as being an early lunch packer. Elle just started to help me pack her lunch, and Hans is starting right along next to her.

That's the deal from us here in The Woodlands. We're doing okay! School started
back up today for Elle and we're getting back into the swing of things. Hope your new year is off to a good start as well.



Anonymous said...

That is terrific news! I hope Hansie's first day back is tons of fun for him! His little buddies are going to be glad to see him. I think both Elle and Hans are pretty bright stars - pretty hard to outshine those two - and as extra special as a rainbow!

Love, G.Kathy & G.Dale XOXO

The Adkins Family said...

Hope he has a great day at school! Glad to hear all is going well...

Anonymous said...

So wonderful to hear that life is sorta back to normal and Hans is off to school. This is great to hear!

Madison and Kerry