Thursday, January 28, 2010

What's new

I figured it has been a little while since an update, so I finally am sitting down to write this. I have had a couple appointments this week. I had a CT scan on Tuesday and I will get the results on Monday when I am at the BMT for hopefully my last appointment in Calgary for a long time. Yesterday, Corban and I drove to Calgary to see the dentist there for a check up 2 months post transplant. We were at the dentist office for about 30 minutes, 6 hours of driving for just that!

WE decided to make more of a day in Calgary so we went to Cross Iron Mills, the new mall in Balzac. We had lunch there, Corban played on the kids play place and we walked around for about 2 hours. It was fun being with Corban and having some bonding time with him. It would have been nice to have the whole family there but Keegan was not feeling so good yesterday.

I am starting to be more and more active these days. I started playing hockey with the men's rec team I have been playing with for 5 years. I thought I would be a lot more tired then I was, especially since we played Tuesday night and last night again. Skating wasn't an issue to get back into, but stick handling and shooting took some time to get used to, but I was doing alright for not skating in almost a year.

I do head to Calgary again on Monday, please continue to pray for safe travel and also for good results from the CT scan. My road to recovery is going very well and having the Lord walk with me is making things a whole lot smoother then they could be. Praise God!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Another Follow Up Update

Hi Everyone!
I wanted to quickly update you from Colin's last appointment in Calgary on Monday. Everything went really well....they think that he will have just one more appointment with the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic in Calgary and then he can start seeing the Hemotologist that comes to Medicine Hat on a monthly basis! We never thought we would be hearing this news this early, nor did the Doctors expect that he would be doing this well! Colins counts dipped a little like the Doctors said they would, but they never fell out of the normal ranges, so that is something to be so thankful for! His weight is up another 2kgs! I think he is finally starting to build back all that muscle mass that he lost, he looks healthy and happy! We also found out that because he was cancer free before the stem cell harvest and last round of chemo that they do not need to do the 3 month bone marrow biopsy! YEAY! This is really painful, and he was already dreading it, so i am SO glad that we does not have to endure that again!
Upon hearing that he has been working out and sitting in on some training classes, the Doctor said again how atypical this kind of progress is at just 7 weeks post transplant! Indeed our God is SO BIG!
Speaking of which, Colin is out again for another run, he is trying to build on his 15minutes, as he is not used to not being able to go longer, but it will come, he is a determined individual and nothing excites him more right now than getting himself ready to start his career! I could not be more proud of how well he is doing, but we can not take credit, it is the prayers of people and we thank you SO much!
Another very cool thing is that the LDH counts, which keep track of fast dividing cells in the body, and the counts that detect cancer, if there is any in the body. When Colin was diagnosed those LDH counts were over 1000! The highest range of normal is 285, and Colins counts now are at 185! YEAY!

Just some great news to share!
I will make sure i keep you updated on his progress!


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wow, it's kinda scarey how fast time is flying by! This past week was the most "normal" we've had since the summer! Colin sat in on some recruit classes, which he's loving getting out with other Policeman! It's good for him to feel apart of something again, gives him purpose to work to get back into it again! Me and the kids got to get out of the house and do some fun activities as well, let me tell ya, they're a lot happier when they get out and see other kids to play and burn off some energy! I think i'm the only one a little reluctant to let things go back to the regular 'business' of life! With how fast the month has gone, i feel like the rest of Colin's time not working is going to go even faster, and i want to hold on a little more tightly! It's still a daily thing that i have to surrender my worries about our future into God's hands and trust that He has our family in His best interests!
Anyhoo, i should go and play with Corban while Keegan has his nap!
Love, Melissa

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The road back...

Today was the beginning of the road to getting myself back to work once I am healthy and cleared by the doctors. I am beginning to sit-in on some of the recruit courses I took last year to refresh my memory and learn some new things. I know being able to return to work is months away, but the more I know before I hit the streets, the better it will be for me and my field training officer. I only am in class about 3-6hours a week, so I am not exhausting myself.

Speaking of energy, I am feeling better and better as the days go by. I play a lot with the boys. Corban has missed our wrestling and almost every night now we wrestle for a good half hour to an hour. Keegan jumps in here and there too. I have also been working out every other day at home to regain my strength and endurance. I am able to push harder and longer everytime I workout, so I believe I am slowly regaining what I had before.

Tonight is a big night for our family and me. The annual MHPS Regimental Parade is tonight where the Chief sets the goals for the coming year and addresses the members. This is the first chance I have to participate and also the first time I get to wear my dress uniform as I was in the hospital for my grad. I am looking forward to it because the uniforms are really sharp looking, and I have spent 6-8 hours polishing my dress boots for tonight! You can get a lot accomplished while watching tv at night.

Everything else is going well for us and we all are feeling pretty good. Corban is enjoying being back at Sunday school and Keegan, well Keegan still doesn't like to leave mommy and daddy to go to Sunday school just yet, but we are working on it. Thank you again for your continued prayers for healing and recovery for me and our family. Be blessed!


Monday, January 4, 2010


HEY!!!! We have great news! Colin had another weekly appointment today, but the Doctor officially moved his appointments to every two weeks now!!!!! This is great news! She said that his cell counts have recovered and are NORMAL! So she told us that Colin doesn't have to wear a mask when he is out now, he has enough of an immune system to fight! Praise God! This is awesome news, and we are SO glad for them letting us have more time off....Colin will still be going in town here to get blood taken every week, and as well they have been so accomodating to book his CT scan for here in the city, so we don't have to make any extra trips! YEAY!
He's been doing GREAT! He has also been really diligent in making sure he works out every day too! It's obviously going to take time, and his workouts are short, but he's very determined, and i'm SO proud of him! We have SO much to be thankful for!

Luv, Melissa

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Nowhere to go but UP!

Happy New Year! I figure i already know this year is going to be great, because we have no where to go but UP! Now is where things get good, because we've learned so much over the past few months, but now we kinda have to apply it.....whoa, that's a little overwhelming, BUT, i did learn to take it one day at a time, even shorter if need be, so that is what i'm going to keep doing! I am finally feeling, after three weeks of being home, that we're getting settled again. Our little family dynamic was messed up and i think Corban was holding us at an arm's length as a defense for if we had to leave he showed that with some attitude but we are slowly but surely reminding him daily, that we don't have to go away anymore....and he's getting used to just 'visiting' Nana and Papa. The first couple times over Christmas that we went to hang out, he was packing all of his things because he thought he had to go back and stay there again! We are keeping close, very close to each other and just getting used to being together again!
There are times where i get plagued with thoughts of "what if this all came back, what if we have to do this all again?!", then i have to just pray it away......there's nothing i can do to control what our future holds, but i guess this is where my application of the things that i learned comes in! Colin is doing amazing! He's energetic and keepin' up with the boys, and he's even trying to do little workouts every day, to get back into shape again! He definitely knows his body, going through something like this, so don't worry, he'll only go as far as he's able, but the Doc's say it's good to push himself a little bit further!
We're just quietly getting back into life and living! We just have to be a lot more careful with staying away from very public places....until Colin is able to be immunized again, we just have to be smart about germs! AND pray a lot that God keeps him from getting anything that would land him back in the hospital!

That's the scoop! I'll keep ya updated as to how Colin's Monday Doctor's appt. goes!

Luv, Melissa