Let's start with the good news: My latest PCR test came back negative--no cancer this month! It was really good to hear especially since when Dr. Mauro and I last spoke about my going for baby number two, he said, "Let's see what the next test shows." The bad news is that, as I mentioned last week, we are still battling MRSA. The infectious disease doctors are not sure who in our family has it living on their skin, which is why starting Sunday, Nick, Alex and I are all "decolonizing" ourselves (more on that fun plan later). I was really reluctant to write about this because, frankly, it's a little embarrassing. And I don't want any of my friends who read this to think we are contaminated or keep their kids away from Alex. None of us has any active infections. We are fine. Just deeply annoyed.
And now for the shocking: We just found out that Alex has a really severe peanut allergy (Nick touched Alex's neck after touching a peanut and he broke out in hives so we had him tested). I am distraught. After all I did to protect him--like, for example, stop my life-saving cancer meds--he winds up with this crap to deal with. We now have epi-pens up the wazoo and Benadryl in every bag and a nice dose of neurosis: Last night I jumped up from a deep sleep and dove across Nick to look down on his side of the bed where I had dreamt Alex was sitting licking peanut butter off a spoon. I imagine it's only going to get worse as he gets older and starts going to school. Oh, and the doctor said his allergy is so strong and he is so young that it's very unlikely he will ever grow out of it.
But here's the thing: As bad and annoying as all of this is, it's not that bad. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer kills more children than all other childhood diseases combined. That's bad. And my heart aches for those children--and those parents. One of my former Glamour coworkers volunteers for Make-A-Wish and recently got to meet a little girl who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She asks that we all go to fightplga.org to find more information about how we can help. They are the only foundation doing research on PLGAs (Pediatric Low Grade Astrocytomas) which is the the most common type of childhood brain tumors. If any of you have childhood cancer causes you'd like to share in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, please feel free!
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