Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Chapter One Coming to a Close

My apologies for not writing yesterday. My wife and I were celebrating. Our battle against this disease is a long and draining one but yesterday we got some news to make it a little easier. Parker's cell marker test came back and as a result of the numbers we have been given the okay to go home on Friday.

As a result of being on the ADAGEN for the past month, Parker's B-cells and NK-cells are at a normal level. Although he is still quite low in the T-cell numbers they did increase from 39 to 49 in regards to the CD4+ and 15 to 16 for his CD8+. We always knew that these would take the longest to increase and they still have quite a bit to go but this is something they can do while we are at home. Home is where we will be for the next four and half months as we await the trial in Italy.

To say they that we are happy that we finally get to take our little boy home is an understatement. My wife danced in the room with Parker for over two hours after she found out the news.

I thought to myself yesterday, what was it that I was really looking forward to doing with Parker when we got home? I am looking forward to teaching Parker how to roll over by showing him myself as we do tummy time together.

When I asked my wife the same question, she said that she most looks forward to being able to snuggle him without wearing protective gear. She wants to feel his skin and touch his hair without having to wear sterile green gloves.

We have a lot to do in the next couple of days to get the house ready for his return, like cleaning the carpet so we can do tummy time.


Elizabeth said...

OMIGOD!!! YAY! I am so happy for you Parker that you get to go home with Mommy and Daddy on Friday! Mommy and Daddy must be besides themselves with joy! I am looking forward to one day soon meeting you and knowing such a strong boy.


coolauntiekatie said...

Hiya Parkerbear!!!!

WOW!! This is sooooooooo exciting!!!!! I can't believe it!! I'm really looking forward to seeing you! We have so much to catch up on! I just want to take a moment to thank your Dad for all the hard work he's put in to this site. Kevin you've had so much on your plate, and the dedication and hard work you've put in to all of articles is so much appreciated by your family and friends. I really think this blogsite has kept us all pretty close to Parker, and I loved watching him grow little by little the past few months. Being able to take Parker home is such a huge win for you guys!! Parker you are a very strong little guy! Start packing!!!

Love ya lots and lots,
Auntie Kate xo

Funny Face said...

FANTASTIC!!!! That is what comes to mind as I read this article today. I am so thrilled for you all...words can not even describe how thrilled I am...everyone has waited so long to hear that Parker is going home and the day has finally come. Parker I look soooo forward to being able to come by and see you one day very soon....I am sure your parents are so delighted to be able to have you finally home.
Well guys we are soooo very happy for you all!

Love you all!

Laura, Craig and Elizabeth

Kyle said...

Way to go Parker!! That's the best news I have heard all day!! Your parents must be so excited to bring you back home!! Your courage & strong-will has paid off! We are really looking forward to meeting you sometime soon! Two strong parents = One heck of a strong kid! and guess what?... you can now watch Edmonton run all over either Carolina or Buffalo in the Stanley Cup...and you can get yourself all caught up with those awesome Blue Jays as well!! Congrats Parker!

Love Kyle & Josephine

Stacia said...

This is such FANTASTIC NEWS!!!! I am so happy for all three of you (I actually started to cry when I read this latest post)!!!
You have been such an amazing little champ and I know you will continue to show us how truly amazing you are throughout this whole thing!!!
Again... Words CAN NOT EXPRESS how happy I am for you and mommy and daddy!!!

Happifax said...

Way to go Parker!! When mommy told me you were going home I got goosebumps and she was almost bouncing through the phone. We are so happy for mommy, daddy, and you. Be prepared to be spoiled rotten and love every minute of it. Doyle and I can't wait to meet you. As soon as we're allowed we'll be by for our first visit!

Keep smiling big man!!

Sarah and Doyle

Allyson said...

Woooohooo! We are beyond thrilled that you are going home! I can not even imagine the HUGE smiles plastered across your mom and dad's face! YIPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Parker-you rock!
Allyson, Beck and Bruce!

Natalie said...

Well My Little Parker!

Yippee! Yahoo! We are soooooo happy for you! Uncle David and I can't wait to hang out with you in person...there is so much to catch up on! David will have to fill you in on all the exciting news about Toronto (Uncle David loves Toronto so much) and I will have to fill you up on the latest other news about the latest food craze, good TV, funny jokes that I have heard etc. I am so excited to talk to you about everything! As I said Yippee and Hooray!

I love you little one!
Auntie Natalie