Aidan, Caitlin and I accepted Big Matthew's offer
to browse around some jet aircraft. Matthew is a radar technician with
the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF),
based at Pearce Air Force
Base in Western Australia. We got up close and personal with the new
Aerospace Hawk jet aircraft, used for training fighter pilots. Aidan
was quite impressed with the pilot's chair and HUD (head up display), but
Caitlin found a torch so much more interesting. For Dad, well, he's always
liked a plane and this was his first chance too to see a jet with avionics
spilling out of every which orifice. We rounded the day with a BBQ at Matthew's
parent's house in Wandi (south of Perth).
Today was the start of School Days, according to Aidan.
Aidan started Grade 1 Primary School (or Elementary for the North
American readers), taking the first step towards scholastic bliss (well,
maybe). A few directed questions later in the evening revealed the day
to be a success. Caitlin also commenced structured learning with her first
day at Kindergarten. All went well up until she was "asked" to return inside
from the playground.
MRI day (again). Aidan usually pulls out of the
anaesthetic quite grumpy. This time around, the medication was administered
via his infusa-port rather than a mask. According to Trish he woke up almost
chirpy. Aidan also decided to take a look at the MRI machine and become
a general nosy-body which is good. He's not scared by the equipment. One
of the other children from the ward has her MRI scans without medication,
so Aidan has decided to go the same route. The results will be few days
away (hopefully). If we get a phone call sooner, it's usually a "bad thing".
Aidan and Trish featured in The West Australian
newspaper for Music-A-Thon.
Aidan and Trish, The West Australian newspaper
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Trish spoke with Aidan's oncologist today regarding the recent MRI.
The scan has revealed "something" in the upper ventricles of the brain.
More tests are scheduled.
Aidan underwent his second lumber puncture in
which a sample of fluid is taken from the lower spine. The aim was to test
for any cancerous cells that may have seeped out of the brain. The tests
showed nothing, which is good news. The little guy will be having another
MRI in about 2 weeks.
I told Aidan about the lumbar puncture just before
we put the Emla cream on his back. I said Dr Baker would put a needle in
and take out some of the fluid to look at. Aidan asked, "Why does he need
to look at it?". I answered as honestly as I could, "To make sure there's
no bad cells in there." Aidan thought about this for a while and then asked
me, "What if there are?" I told him that " We hope there aren't but we'll
just have to wait and see." Aidan looked very worried and said, "If there
are they'll go everywhere won't they."
Last updated: 03-Apr-2001