Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Long Haul

Long Haul
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It struck me last night as I crushed up Abby's nightly medicine and smothered them in chocolate syrup that we are going to be doing this for the long haul. Every night for the next year and 1/2 I'll continue to crush up some little pills douse them with syrup and have Abby take them with lots of water. It not that this make me really sad or even discouraged, just the way it is going to be. Maybe this is a good sign, a sign that things are going so well that I can start to let myself think more about the future without getting sad and discouraged. That's still a lot of crushing, but hey, if it helps her that's what I'll do.

So like I said, Abby is doing really good. She was a little nauseous from the Methotrexate on Monday night and all of yesterday but pretty mild in comparison to what we've seen. We'll start another Decadron pulse next Tuesday along with a spinal tap, Vincristine and all of the other "normal" home chemo meds. I think this one will be a good example of what these pulses may look like, how she'll feel and such, since she won't have had surgery along with it. Hopefully she isn't too grumpy.

On the University Village front I think I've got to the end of the road there for now. I finally got in touch with a statistical analysis person at the Colorado Central Cancer Repository (CCCR) and they were very helpful. Statistically the occurrences that I reported to him are not significant. They get about 200 calls from the public like mine each year and based on several factors they either can classify it as a cancer cluster or not. These instances would just be chalked up to chance on the statistical side.... ya I know it seems like there should be a connection, but I can also see this other side pretty clearly too. If it was a rare cancer, all the same type of cancer, or a higher number then it would start to become more significant but since it was 2 of the most common cancers in kids, ALL and Brain Cancer, it isn't as significant. Also since there are so many kids in that complex it also is less significant because there is a greater concentration of kids than in a normal population sample. Finally, even if it was significant, because of a large number of the same types of cancers, or a bunch of rare cancers, it would be really hard to calculate accurately anything about UV because it is such a moving target, people only live there for a couple years, and then move on.

So, I'm going to talk to the UV manager to see if he will just keep tracking any more occurrences and also talk to CSU to see if they want to investigate it further. For me though, I don't think I can do much more. If there is another case of ALL though... well, then I've got a problem.

Hope all is well with you!

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