Archive for April, 2013

Camp Oochigeas

Friday, April 26th, 2013

“You have failed only when you have failed to try. Act as if it were impossible to fail and it will be.”

– motto at Camp Ooch

Camp. Do you remember camp? Pine trees and mosquito bites, smelling like campfire and bug spray, singing songs and learning useful skills like archery. Making new friends and surviving canoe trip. Mail from home, and escape from city life. Camp = quintessential Canadian childhood.

I resisted the lure of camp when I was a kid – my Dad always thought I should go and would say, “Why don’t you go to camp this year?” and I would always say, “No… it’s not me. I don’t want to.” I couldn’t picture myself, an urban nerdy bookworm, getting grubby and going on hikes for hours on end or whatever. What I didn’t know at the time is that I love going on hikes for hours on end. So I never went. Until the summer after Grade 9, when I was almost too old for camp, one of my school friends convinced me to come with her to camp, because it was the best. I agreed to go, and then she couldn’t go, so suddenly I was going to camp alone. Eek! (more…)

Exit Hospital

Friday, April 19th, 2013

It seems that all of my freaking out yesterday about the ultrasound wasn’t entirely illogical. They did find something unusual, luckily it is not a malignant growth lurking in there or anything horrendous. It seems that Gavin has quite the fluid collection pooling in his lower right abdomen.

It’s normal for VP shunt people to have fluid floating around in their abdomens, because the shunt puts it there, duh, so it makes sense, but this little collection is a bit different. Neurosurgery thought it was worth looking into, but it’s not  in their line of work so they passed us on to general surgery. (more…)

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

A little while ago, while doing a Google search when Bean was ill, I came across mention of this syndrome. Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. Sounds pleasant, yes?

From what I understand, this consists of bouts of vomiting that arise seemingly from nowhere and with no other real symptoms to speak of. Barfing continues for a certain number of days, the patient gets better, and then usually the same period of time elapses before the patient falls ill again. Familiar? (more…)

2 Tests and A Tooth

Monday, April 8th, 2013

I am quite late in getting this up here but just wanted to let all fans of the Gavinator know that his most recent MRI on March 25th was clear.

The months in between scans go quickly and it is always difficult getting over each scanxiety hurdle, but it does feel a teeny bit less difficult as time goes on. I even gave Craig permission (ha) to go out that same evening while I waited for the call at home. One of Bean’s doctors rang at 9:00 at night to tell me all was well, as I knew it would be. Still my heart hammers when the phone rings.

This last scan ends the time period of 3-4 month windows and we are now moving on to the first 6 month gap. Palpitations just thinking about it. This means we won’t be returning to MRI until… October!

Gavin and I attended clinic together on April 1st to get the news in person. There is not much to talk about these days so the actual appointment is usually short, but the waits are still, sigh, long. Still, Bean’s docs are thrilled with him and happy to see him thriving.

In fun and exciting times, Gav has lost his first tooth and was ecstatic to get a visit from the tooth fairy and  the Easter Bunny in the same weekend. (more…)