Pablo slept in today! Woke up around 8am. He and I slept together in his hospital bed. Super comfy. Who needs a cool kiddie bed after sleeping in this ultra-movable 3D siesta machine?
His big night of deep sleep is great, cos today is his big surgery 'n' chemo day. Sort of like a Double Double.
Our surgeon, Dr. Stein (Jo Ann says he's the McSteamy of Childrens Hospital, btw!) came by this morning with his team. A little background on Dr Stein: He is a father, which puts us at ease from the jump. He has done thousands of surgeries on kids with all kinds of cancer. He speaks from the heart. He looks us in the eye. This guy rocks.
Plus, he is a friend of a friend of one of the moms at Walther School, Claire Best. (We've only been at this cancer biz for less than 72 hours. The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon stuff is unreal.) Claire's friend, Lauren, is Dr Stein's best friend from college. Their little boy Zack had the exact same Wilm's Tumor as Pablo (bilateral) - and Dr Stein operated on him. He was 18 months old when he was diagnosed; he is now a healthy 12-year-old! THIS is the kind of hope and strength we are lookin for!
OK, here's what's on the menu today:
• 10-11am: Bashing around in the playroom with Grady
• 11am: new I.V. inserted into Pablo's left hand
• Between 1-2pm: Surgery to install the Port in Pablo's chest
• After surgery recovery: First Chemo treatment in the CHLA Clinic
OK - more to come.....