Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Day #5

The day started early with Joey being taken upstairs for his procedures. They sedated him until he feel asleep (which took about 10 seconds) and performed the bone marrow aspiration and spinal tap. They also injected chemo directly into his spinal fluid. They had a difficult time getting the bone marrow out because the cells were so tightly packed and had to go to a bigger needle but they eventually got it. He slept for about 2 hours. When he woke up he said he felt good and played "Angry Birds" on Pastor Richards phone. We got back to our normal room around noon and just hung out the rest of the day.

His back was pretty sore, so he couldn't walk around, but he felt ok as long as he was sitting. He's on IV fluids so he has to potty a lot and had to get in and out of bed for that, but he was determined to get out by himself rather than have us help him. Luckily, he didn't get sick at all. He watched some movies, played his DSi, and had some visitors throughout the day. My awesome friend, Celest, convinced me to leave the hospital for the first time and go to Starbucks.

He is starting to get a little grumpier, but is still doing really good. When we were getting him settled down for the night, he got upset at us for not turning the TV channel to what he wanted and he started to have his first fit since we've been here. It quickly turned from a 4-yr-old fit to a real cry. He laid his head on Jon's lap and just cried for about 10 minutes. We've never seen him cry like that before. It sounded like pent-up frustration coming out. Once he was done, everything was fine. He just needed to get some emotion out of him. It was hard to watch, but I also knew it was a good thing for him to be able to do.

Joey got ahold of the camera...

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