Random Notes – aka CliffsBlog

After today, Jack has three lumbar punctures left before the end of treatment (March 2015). That makes me happy. I’m trying to focus on that and not the fact that yesterday, I noticed Jack has tiny scars on his lower…

Try Not To Worry, She Says

I spoke with Jack’s oncology office yesterday and they let me know that his chemotherapy doses are being increased again. Back when Jack got sick last August, the chemotherapy was stopped altogether until his immune system started to recover somewhat.…

No IEP For Jack

David and I met with a team of teachers and specialists at Jack’s school on Tuesday to go over my request for IEP assessments for him. Even with the 504 accommodations in place, he has had increasing difficulty completing schoolwork,…

Frustration With Kaiser Oncology

Jack’s health has (thus far) improved since he received vancomycin for the latest bout of c.diff. He was noticeably more energetic and all around happier within days of starting the antibiotics. It had been quite some time since I’d seen…

Two Years Behind Us

Two years ago I woke up to confusing blood test results that Google told me could be very scary. A call to the pediatrician didn’t relieve my fears, especially when he gave me his direct line and said he’d be…

Hope Versus Belief

It was a bad week. It was somewhat expected – for some reason, bad shit tends to happen surrounding my birthday. Every freaking year (the most famous year being when my brother went to jail and David lost his job).…