Trish, Aidan and I caught up with Mr. Wong, the
first outpatient encounter since surgery. He was happy with progress to
Aidan's ordeal rendered him incapable of attending the annual Camp
Quality "main camp", but he was able to attend an exhibition by Senor
Fernando Alvarez's Spanish Dancing Horses. The Andalucian horses and their
trainers staged a display of precision, timing and showmanship. Aidan and
Caitlin enjoyed the show, although Caitlin crashed out early in the performance,
while Aidan, somehow, held on to the end. The forced afternoon sleep may
have helped a bit. While the trainers were obviously skilled with horses,
their understanding of marketing merchandise was sadly lacking.
A New Zealand review of the show can be seen here.
Aidan returned to school for the first class in six weeks. He had been
pacing himself for the past several days and it was all a bit too much.
His class friends swamped him upon his arrival, all chattering and patting
him to make sure he was for real. In short, they missed him. His teacher,
Mrs. Thomson, set aside a beanbag for him earlier this year, but he steadfastly
refused to use it today, despite the fact he has been taking a nap most
afternoons for the past two weeks. Determined ? Just a bit..
Aidan joined Caitlin at her second visit to a local gymnastics class.
Caitlin has been alternately nattering about the class and nagging to return
since an introductory class two weeks ago. It would have been very difficult
for Aidan not to have learnt about this interesting place called gymnastics.
Caitlin bounced about, befitting her tiggerish nature, while Aidan
managed a hand-stand by facing a wall and walking his legs up it. How he
managed this feat remains somewhat of a mystery, considering he is still
somewhat wraithlike after the chemo and his muscle tone is somewhat below
par. I guess nobody told him he couldn't, so he just did. When he "wants"
to do something, he "does" it.
Trish and I managed some "time out" by attending a local amateur production
of Les Misérables that was
The Fantastic Four. Click to enlarge.
MRI day for Aidan. No hiccups, just the restless wait for results.
The MRI results were in Aidan's favour, showing no visible sign of
residual tumour. The last scan showed "something" in the right caudate
nucleus, which is the mirror location to the most recent tumour. The "something"
could have been a new tumour or blood clot. This MRI showed the "something"
to have shrunk which is good, in fact very good, but still leaves us guessing
as to the nature of the "something".
Last updated: 01-Dec-2001