Well, people keep remarking that kids bounce back
quickly. Alex has bounced back. It's pretty much an
under-statement but he has. Alex eats like a small
red-headed horse. An incredibly hansom horse of good
The doctors warned us that it would take a while for
Alex's immune system to fully recover. He has had a
few colds but nothing really serious. It's tempting
to ring the hospital with every small bruise or
sniffle but when-ever we do they either fetch us in
for a blood sample or re-assure us that it's just
normal. Poor old Tom could have all the infections in
the world and we just let him off school for a day
but we are really still nervous about Alex.
Not that Alex cares. He is amazingly forward with
drawing. 18 months old and he can just about
colour-in a shape. He can recognise and say square,
triangle, circle, star and spiral. Tom does not seem
to care about drawing too much, he has different
talents. I think Alex must have found a love for pens
when they were the only thing he could really play
with in intensive care.
The food supplements stopped at the very end of 2004.
Now it's just check-ups every month until June-ish.
Then blood tests every few months until the doctors
say. So far the blood tests have all been normal but
the last heart scan showed a problem with the size of
a chamber in the heart. This may be nothing but they
are going to double check since the treatment could
have damaged Alex's heart. The doctors assure us it's
fixable. They've done good so far so I personally am
not too worried.
I secretly never thought I be glad to see Alex's hair
grow back red but I am. He's now in danger of loosing
the hair again because of people (especially me)
It does look like he has made it through what we can
only hope to be the most difficult part of his life.
Mind you he has not had kids of his own yet, that
will probably be more stressful than cancer.