Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Arizona Update

This was Christopher getting ready for his first plane ride! Ben and I were nervous, but the little guy did GREAT! There was a bit at take-off where Christopher wasn't too sure about this trip, but I sang to him and gave him a bit of a bottle and he did fine.

Well, it's not quite a week yet, but there have been lots going on! The first day/night was interesting. We stayed at the very nice Wigwam Resort. It had a walk-in closet that dubbed as Christopher's bedroom, a big king-sized bed, robes to wear down to either of the pools and a front and back porch to sit at and just relax. BUT it was far away from anything! No stores, no real restaurants (unless you count the very expensive on-site ones) and no fridge or microwave. So the next morning the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (we'll call it "the Center" for short) found us a very nice hotel that had two rooms, a full fridge, a stove top, and a microwave...oh and a free shuttle to wherever we want to go! Oh! and they have free breakfast every day and free dinner Monday through Thursday! Cool huh?! It's called, Homewood Suites Hilton in Avondale, Arizona. The people there are VERY nice and obliging. They even gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day! That was only Day 2 of our 6 to 8 week stay here.

We were all set to start Ben's treatment on Monday, but The Center wanted us to visit the local cryobank, but we said we couldn't afford it. But there's apparently a program that helps couples with cancer and we signed up for that and are banking for a hopeful future brother or sister for Christopher. Now it's Tuesday and Ben is in surgery having a port put into his chest. It should be there for about a year. He's been kinda nervous about it so I hope all goes well.

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