After a 6 month hiatus, Grandma and Grandpa are back in the sleep over business. Jayden was the first one to have a sleep over. He got to Grandpa Grover's at 7:00, ate, watched tv with Grandma and Grandpa and was asleep by 7:20. Way to ease them in, Jayden.
This weekend, James was having his sleep over. He has really taken to "Uncle John" and when Grandpa Grover went to bed, he and John hung out looking at old pictures. James was disappointed to find that Grandpa Grover isn't an early riser anymore. At 6:00, when James woke up, everyone else was still sleeping!
Next weekend Lex will do his first solo sleep over at Grandma and Grandpa's. There was some question as to whether he'd do it without his brothers, but upon further reflection, he'll likely be thrilled to Get Grandma and Grandpa to himself without those guys!
August 13 was a big day for birthdays this year. Jayden celebrated his 5th and Uncle Chris celebrated his 50th birthday. While he won't admit it, we all know that Uncle Chris is more than a little disappointed that he didn't get to go to an amusement park and have a Build Your Own Sundae party.
Jayden had Grandma Linda, Grandpa Grover, Aunt Jen, Uncle Paul, Kaleb, Keeley, James, Levi and Lex at his Sundae party. Friends Keith and Rick were also there. He had a second party with Grandma Georgia and Grandpa Mike after his Daddy got home from work.
Grandpa Grover hasn't been feeling hungry for the past few days. Grandma Linda can get him to drink Ensure shakes, but no one else can convince him to eat anything. Everything makes Grandpa Grover's tummy hurt. :(
Aunt Jen, Aunt Katie, Aunt Karyl and Lex went with Grandma and Grandpa to see Dr. M. Dr. M. had said that he may need to resect the newest growth. After not hearing from Dr. M., we called out the big guns: Dr. H. Dr. H. is wonderful. She lives in the same community as Aunt Katie and Aunt Karyl. She has grandkids who play sports with James and Kaleb. She takes very good care of Grandpa Grover. She explained to Dr. M., who is usually wonderful, that he blew it. We got in the next day for an appointment.
Aunt Katie wasn't feeling well, which was too bad for Aunt Katie, but provided a necessary break in nervous energy. Aunt Jen and Aunt Karyl thought it was pretty funny. :)
Dr. M. had conferred with Dr. A. and others and decided that a surgery wasn't the way to go. Dr. M. would have to take Grandpa off of his chemo meds for at least a month to prepare for his surgery. After surgery, it would be difficult for him to heal because of residual chemo meds in his system. He would have to wait at least another month after the surgery to start chemo again. Two months off of chemo is too long, so the surgery is off. The doctors agreed that had the tumor shown itself from the beginning, they would have done the surgery, but they haven't seen tumors show up this late in the game, during chemo, before.
Dr. M. told Grandpa Grover that they aren't giving up on him and that they will be as agressive as he can tolerate, as long as he can tolerate. He also told Grandpa not to waste a single day and that if there is anything he wants to do, he should do it. Good advice for all of us, I suppose.