Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Another Reprieve...

Zack's chemo treatments were again deferred due to low blood counts...His next appointment is Friday, March 28th.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Chemotherapy Interruptus

Zack was scheduled to begin a new round of chemotherapy yesterday but his blood counts weren't high enough and he was given an extra week to let his body recuperate. Chemo is now scheduled for next Tuesday, March 18 (and next Wednesday --- 2 days of treatments in a row...). Also, his weight went down again due to nausea coupled with a lack of appetite.

"...but I can't see the stove."

Week of March 3rd...
Zack and I drove to the Seattle area for a few days...On Wednesday night, we went to a special 75th Anniversary screening of one of our favorite movies, "Duck Soup," and on Thursday night, we saw "An Evening with Groucho," making this our fourth time seeing the latter show (and still counting...). Follow the below link to read an interview with Frank Ferrante featuring Zack and yours truly:


We had a great time in Seattle and Kent and returned to Portland for a Friday afternoon movie party hosted by Zack's teacher, Donna Blaser. The desks in her classroom were pushed back to make room for bean bags, snacks and Zack's classmates. Here's the text of the invitation sent out by Ms. Blaser:

"There will be a grade six social this Friday to spend time with our dear friend Zack. We will gather at 3:15 (right after school) in the classroom to watch the movie "Princess Bride". This will give the class an opportunity to spend some social time with Zack without him feeling pressure to entertain them all (Zack has always loved to entertain us all- and we look forward to a time when he has more energy to do it again!)."

Monday, March 3, 2008

Catching Up

It is my plan to update this page with news of Zack and his progress during chemotherapy. Thank you to all of you who've used a myriad of different ways to send us your love and support. We love you, too. And we welcome you to add comments, questions, etc.

Zack is doing very well and is happy to know that beginning March 11, he will be switching from weekly chemo treatments to a 10-day schedule.

Below is a brief break-down of the last two months...though much of it is a blur to me.

...was a bit of a tough month, during which he experienced a lot of nausea and very little appetite. The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him a wish: a trip to Miami. He initially wished for a trip to Thailand, but was happy to choose Miami as an alternative. Marianne and Tyler, Zack's Make-A-Wish team, are helping him plan the trip to include visits to the Keys, the Everglades, and more...Toward the end of the month, we spent a few days visiting the coast of Oregon where we watched the lunar eclipse from our hotel room and went to "An Evening with Groucho," a show we've now seen 3 times and counting...Zack wasn't able to go to school during February but he didn't miss any of his classmates' basketball games. Go 6Up!...Our February visitors included Zack's Grandma and Mary Armstrong, Zack's Aunt Cristina, Maria's cousin Karen and her boyfriend Jason, Brian Armstrong and teachers Donna Blaser and Heather Pearl. Many Cedarwood families brought us delicious, wholesome meals...And Zack used much of his downtime to become a "Hogan's Heroes" aficionado.

..Zack turned 12 and his grandparents visited for his birthday...AreYouGame.com held the very successful "Zack Day" fundraiser and we are very, very grateful to them and to everyone who participated...Courtney and Mike visited and we saw Michele for the first time in a couple of years.