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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Oscar's doing ok thank you

Oscar's white cells have gone up yet again so the Dr's are increasing his chemo again. He is either really resistant to the chemo or hiding an infection of some sort they think. They have given us the ok to go on our holiday despite Oscar having a nasty head cold and have given us a referral for the hospital closest to Nelsons Bay in case he gets a temperature. They have notified the hospital about Oscar and his condition as well (boy, it sure has become complicated to get away for a few days!!)

The hospital was full on chaos in the lead up to Easter so it was very long day but, touch wood, we are hoping to get out of Sydney on Friday. We have all been sick this week so I am hoping we all start to get better so we can enjoy our long awaited escape from Sydney for a few days - and maybe even get a full nights sleep.

In the SMH on Saturday I read an article about how leading stem cell researchers from Australia and the US met up to kickstart some collaborative projects, sharing funding and taking applications for projects such as a biology program that would increase understanding of blood diseases and develop new treatments for them. In a perfect world the many cell samples Oscar has donated each time he had a bone marrow biopsy will be used by one of these scientists around the world to help some other sufferers of blood disease. And in a utopian world Oscar's pain and samples will somehow contribute to a cure. Stem cell research gives us hope that we might find such a cure.

Back in this moment of now, in this reality, we are grateful for each day and doing the best we can. We are also excited about getting away and breathing some new air for the first time since all this trauma and just reminding ourselves of the freedom and peace of the ocean.

Have a great Easter everyone.

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