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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, November 22, 2011

Smooth Sailing

We are sailing smoothly through this chemo so far. They got it going at noon yesterday, today is Day 2. I guess the latest estimate is an 8 am Thursday departure which is MUCH better than noon. We have scans set for two weeks from now. After that, we don't know. We may change this up, or keep it up for a few more rounds. The second option will be more attractive if scans look better and if Hans tolerates this reduced dose much better than he did his first full strength round of ICE.

Aimee was here last night and she keeps Hans up to date on cool apps, like this one - cat paint, and in his new food preferences. Hans' tastebuds really seem to turn over with each new chemotherapy. ICE has turned Hans into something of a health nut. He has gone from Popeye's fried chicken, to Baja Fresh grilled chicken, and from Mt. Dew to CranRaspberry juice. He gets by on those and Parmesan Goldfish during his inpatient stays. He eats much better at home, but at least he is still eating here.

This stay we are working on Crayola Color Wonder and Color Explosions. I also found an Extreme Dot to Dot book. They are really cool, up to 500 dots to connect on a regular notebook page. Those are keeping Hans busy this stay. Hans has his MO, for some reason he doesn't do the playroom. He just buckles down and does his time and gets through it.

The plan is for Kevin and Elle to come join us tonight! Yay. We are also looking forward to a visit from Kevin's Aunt Holly and Uncle Michael from Scottsdale, AZ on Friday:)


mayada said...

Meow!!! Glad to here Hans doing better. God bless and stay on them for the Turkey Race ;)

Anonymous said...

Looking good for getting home to fix the big turkey dinner :) And, we can't wait to get hugs from all on Friday!
Love Aunt Holly and Uncle Michael

Jen Click said...

Love the cats!!! Praying you are home in plenty of time for Hans to get that turkey in the oven. Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

I am continually thankful to the "village" that continually supports Hans and his family as he navigates NB's uncertain ups and downs. Such extraordinary people!

Drama sounds appropriate! May you soon be on your way home!

Love and hugs,
Aunt Susy