Today Jeremy went to hospital for a bone density scan, a pulmonary function test, an eye checkup and to see the bone marrow transplant doctor.
For his bone density scan, he lay on this bed and the machine moved slowly down his body taking a scan of his skeleton, which the operator printed out and gave to him as a souvenir!
For his pulmonary function test, he sat in this box with a peg on his nose and blew really hard and long into the purple mouthpiece. The test measures the total volume of air inside his lungs. He was allowed to keep the peg and mouthpiece afterwards!
Thank God that:
his growth is good
his 3-year blood results are good
his lungs are good
his eyes are good (even better than mine with glasses on!)
the bone marrow transplant doctor wants to see Jeremy again in a year, instead of 6 months.
This morning we were proud to be invited to this term's Honour Assembly where Jeremy received a citizenship Honour Award for "always trying to be helpful in class and to others".
Yesterday he went to hospital for a few checkups. The dentist is happy with his teeth, and just put a bit of fluoride on them. However, he showed us Jeremy's teeth X-ray which was taken in April 2012, and told us that his adult molar roots are about 1/3 the length that they should be. This is due to all the chemo and radiation that he had to have, and there is nothing that we can do about it. Calcium won't help, but at least we know that he has to be very careful as it is easier for his teeth to be knocked out. He must wear a mouthguard if he plays contact sports etc.
He also had a skin prick test for peanuts. Although a tiny lump did appear on his skin, the immunologist was not worried as Jeremy has been eating 3 roasted peanuts every morning (he prefers them to Peanut M&Ms). She has written to our school principal to let him know that Jeremy is no longer allergic and can be taken off the school medical alert list - Jeremy is very happy to be off the list!
He was very brave and didn't complain when they took 11 tubes of blood from him for his 3 year bloods! We will get the results of his blood tests next week when we see the bone marrow transplant doctor.
Jeremy and Stephanie celebrated with their cousins at Wizzy World after school yesterday, and today they enjoyed going to the Willoughby Spring Fair and watching the parade. But it had been an extremely busy week at school and all the excitement caught up to him at dinner tonight, when he spiked a fever of 38.1. Thinking back, we are thankful we no longer have to rush him to hospital whenever he has a fever - we can just give him Panadol and let him rest at home!