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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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Off to Meet the New Doctor

Hans and Honey taking a dip last night. (Honey will get in if we encourage her, but she prefers to sunbathe.)

We've been in CA now two weeks and our house still looks like a bomb went off! Got our stuff Saturday, and did pretty good about getting things put away for the first couple of days. Now it seems like what's left is mostly weird stuff that we probably should give away anyway... I still have a slightly compulsive side, so I did count the boxes we have left to sort through...110! UGH. After finding places to recycle packing paper, making several runs and finding a Goodwill and doing a couple of other errands yesterday... I only got to 5 boxes. It's a mess, but some day it'll come together. Through Craigslist I have a couple ladies who come and pick up my boxes as I empty them.

I think all the chaos caused Hans' labs to take a little hit. It wasn't until Monday that I got lab results from Thursday's lab draw. He'd had a HGB of 8.2 and had been having some headaches over the weekend (one sign of a low Hemoglobin). I went ahead and brought him in again Monday to make sure he was okay. They all bounced back nicely to the point that he should make counts in LA today...

We are still staying in the organized comfort of heidi and Stefano's for just another night or two (trying to ease the transition for Hans). We got Hans all signed up for swim lessons to start next week and last night we were happy to meet a few of the kids on our block - the same age as our kids!

We're off on a new adventure to find our new hospital and meet the new Doctor. We'll have some fun too, hooking up with our friend Aimee for some dinner and fun after.


Anonymous said...

La and all - it's good to see that you are getting settled in. Hope there aren't any more bug bites. I can't believe you let Honey in the pool.......oh well, you know me and dogs, cats, and kids. love to all, pl

Charon said...

Hi Lara,

Glad to see y'all are starting to get settled in and Hans is enjoying the pool! Hope all went well with meeting your new doctor. Charon

Anonymous said...

GREAT pic of Hans and his swim buddy, Honey!

OOOH....friends that have moved have found it takes up to 6 months to make it through all the boxes...great time to minimize! Chip away...one box at a time! Put on some great music...Madonna??

Enjoy all of the new introductions!

Love and hugs,
Aunt Susy