|Sat. 30 Nov. 2002
elcome Back to Billy's Page . Here we start page # 9 of Our Journey with Billy . This entry finds Billy in good Spirits , and taking advantage of the fact that he feels fine . Ama , Apa , Uncle Juani , and Juani's girl Friend came up from Miami for the day . We'll have dinner , and they'll head back . It is a nice day , for a road trip !Tues. 3 Dec. 2002
Sorry about those ' Bucs ! Yes , they blew it against the Saints on Sunday 23 - 20 , and the Gators lost one against the Seminoles on Saturday . Well , Billy and Alicia are off for a day trip to the Ringling Mansion ( Museum ) in Sarasota , with Billy's School . Billy is feeling really well , and decided to take advantage of this gorgeous day here in Sunny Florida !Thurs. 5 Dec. 2002
Hello All ! Billy had a wonderful day at school yesterday , again seeing all his teachers and Friends was a treat . He was kind of worn out after the school day was over , but managed to come with Alicia and I to Appleby's for dinner , thanks to a few of the Staff at Lakeview Fundamental Elementary ( Billy's School ) , THANK YOU , dinner was GREAT !Fri. 6 Dec. 2002
Hello All , welcome back to Billy's Page . Billy has had a pretty rough day , with the chemotherapy and eating *wink* . He is such a champ though . He'll look up at me or Alicia after he has a bout with an upset stomach and say , "it's alright , I'll try to eat again in a minute." We'll wipe his face , hold back a tear or two , and continue on this Journey . The image above is a 24 hour bag of one of the Chemotherapy drugs Billy will get while in the Hospital during this stay . After this bag is finished tonight he will get one more 24 hour bag followed by another chemotherapy drug . Please click the Chemotherapy link above to learn about these Chemicals , you'll be shocked as well as enlightened . You'll also learn that Adults have a hard time tolerating these drugs , which is why I have a hard time trying to comprehend what Our Son is going through . What is in his little mind that he isn't telling us ? What does he really think is going to happen to him , next week , next month , next year , ten years from now ? Can a 10 year old Boy truly know why the Prayers are coming to him from around the world , and what is the need ? Can we ?Sat. 7 Dec. 2002 [ A Date which will live in Infamy ]
Hello , welcome . Well , Billy's chemotherapy will be over tonight at 11:30 , and he should be able to come home in time for the Buc's game at 1:00 ! Speaking of Football ,"GO CANES"! The Miami Hurricanes have won the right to go to the National Championship of College Football AGAIN this year ! They kind of had me going NUTS today watching the game , The score was 56 - 45 ! Also , Our Gators will be playing in the Outback Bowl here in Tampa on New Years day......GO GATORS !!
Mon. 09 Dec. 2002 ' GO BUCS '
Hello All , welcome back to Billy's page . Yes , the Bucs won yesterday 34-10 ( 10 - 3 ) . What a great game it was to watch ! Billy was soooooo excited ! Billy was released from ACH yesterday , and is home now . We should find out this week what the next path will be . Dr. B informed us yesterday that we should wait a few weeks before the MRI to get the full effect of the chemotherapy . We will know then if Billy will receive more chemo. or not , before his surgery next month . If all goes as planned ( fingers crossed ), Billy will have an MRI in 3 weeks , followed by surgery to replace his right femur in mid-January . In any case , we will follow what the Dr's advise .Tues. 10 Dec. 2002
Well , I never got the chance to update last 'nite *wink* . I am really not feeling very well . Alicia too , is a bit under the weather but is doing somewhat better than I *grin* . Billy is in good spirits , and says hello to all his Friends . Billy received a package today from Maria F . in MA. It was a hat from the Boston Bruins ( Hockey Team ), and it was signed by some of the players ! In the package was also the 2002 - 2003 Team Yearbook ! " What a GREAT hat " , is what Billy expressed !! It's the only hat from a Hockey Team he has , and what a Great team . Thank you Maria , and Yes , we will tell Ana you asked about her .Thurs. 12 Dec. 2002
Hello all . We just returned from the Hospital , Billy had his blood counts checked . His red blood cells were extremely low , as were his hemoglobin counts , so we are going back tomorrow for a transfusion . Billy will receive at least one pint of blood . We also learned that Billy will undergo surgery the week of the 13th of January , which means Billy's trip to California on the 10th of January should go as planned ( fingers crossed ) .Sat. 14 Dec. 2002 [ 500th guestbook entry ]
I hope this entry finds you in good spirits . Although Billy's counts are very low he is being visited by his friend from next door . They are playing one of their computer games and catching up on what they've been up to . Earlier this day , a few of his other friends from down the block came by and asked for Billy to come outside and play . These boys haven't been by in some time , and were unaware of the fact that Billy had cancer . The few times they came over , and Billy wasn't feeling well , I had told them that Billy was not feeling well and couldn't come outside . I had always figured they knew of Billy's condition . I was once again put in the position to explain to the three of them that Billy had a very serious condition , and that he would require some serious treatments over the up coming months . As shock came over their young faces , I found myself humbled by their comprehension , and concern . I explained Billy's disease to them in a way that they could understand , and found myself fighting to control my emotions . I didn't want to bombard their minds with too much with all the bad that Billy has endured over the past 3 months , so I cut it short and invited them back anytime as long as Billy was up to seeing anyone . Without warning , as they turned to leave , they turned back and said , "we'll pray for Billy to get well" . I almost lost it , but regained my composer and said goodbye . It sure doesn't get any easier explaining to people Billy's condition .Sun. 15 Dec. 2002 ' GO BUCS '
Well , the Buc's won again 23 - 20 , but we had to watch it in the Hospital . Billy was admitted again today with a fever of 101 1/2. He also has a very sore throat . He had an x-ray done of his chest , blood cultures taken , was given anti-biotics , and platelets . He may also need another transfusion . We were all kind of hoping that we didn't have to be admitted again until his surgery date in mid-January , but I guess we lucked out *wink* . Billy should be in the Hospital at least 3 days during this stay if all goes well .
Mon. 16 Dec. 2002
Hello all , welcome back to Billy's Page . Billy is still in isolation at All Childrens Hospital. He received 2 pints of blood today along with anti-biotics . He was in good spirits all day today , he ate well and was able to keep his food down . We are waiting for word from Dr. L ( Billy's Surgeon ) as to the EXACT day of Billy's surgery , so his trip to California won't interfere in any way . Billy is really looking forward to this trip ! You can't imagine .Tues. 17 Dec. 2002
Boy , what a difference a day makes . Well , and a visit by the Tampa bay Buccanneers ! As you can see by the photo here , Billy was visited by some of Our Hometown Professional football team !! Click on the photo to see the bigger photo ! What a surprise ! I was at the Dr. at the time they visited so I missed them ! BUT, as Alicia and I were getting off the elevator guess who we just happened to bump into ?? Go ahead..guess ! I'll give you a hint ! He is Billy's favorite Buc ! give up ? Thats right , as the elevator door opened , standing right in front of us was # 40 , the "A Train" , MIKE ALSTOTT !! can you beleive it ! Alicia about fainted ! She said " oh please , you have to come see your biggest fan " , our Son Billy ! How could he resist ! He followed us back to Billy's room ( click the photo to see a bigger photo ). Billy's curtain was drawn so he couldn't see us come in ! Billy's teacher was there with him , we came around the curtain and Billy freaked out ! It was his most favorite football star , in the flesh , in his room ! He was in shock , as Mike reached out to shake his hand ! They had a short visit and talked , Mike signed his hat and banner , wished him a very happy holiday , and told him to get better soon . Mike shook Alicia's hand then mine , and wished us the best as well . It was very nice of the team to come see the kids in the Hospital , and spend some time with them . THANK YOU FELLA'S ! now let's WIN the Super Bowl !Wed. 18 Dec. 2002
Welcome back to Billy's Page . Billy was released from ACH this afternoon . His counts are still low , and he has an infection in his mouth , but we can take care of this at home ! The mouth sores are part of his reaction to the chemotherapy , and we have a mouth rinse and antibiotics for this . Billy will get his counts checked again on the 23 rd , and we should have a date for the MRI of his femur by then . His surgery date has been set , and will take place on January 17 th.( book mark that date ) . His prosthesis has been ordered , and should arrive in the next couple weeks for fitting . The surgery will be about 10 hours long , and will be done at ACH by Dr. L .
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