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|| Wednesday, September 20, 2006 ||OVERWHELMED BY STRANGERS' KINDNESS
Pyro has been discharged already from the hospital last Monday at past 5 PM. He still has to take several medications for his magnesium-potassium levels but at least he was declared well enough to be discharged.
His hair has started falling off, so instead of letting the falling ones irritate him, his parents had his head shaved yet again.
My sister visited him yesterday and told me our nephew was sporting a bald head again. I clutched at my heart (ok, chest) and asked if he was depressed. And he wasn't.
Because Kuya Lot (a cousin that's 2 yrs older) also got his head shaved.
(reminds me of those Chicken Soup for the Soul stories i've cried over before... and I thank God that Pyro's blessed with loving cousins, even if he bosses them around sometimes)
Pyro's chemo (1 week) cost his parents (and my parents) some P30k. But his 2-week confinement for being stricken with E. Coli (and stripped of important nutrients) immediately after his chemo cost them P80k. And I really can't help but be staggered by the lack of guarantees still for such an expense.
My SIL knows I blog about Pyro. But she hasn't really seen this site yet. And my brother is no internet person. So they don't know the movement being taken on by friends and family alike for Py.
There have been whispers encouraging hopefulness... because friends and friends of friends were kind enough to forward the e-mails and blog posts to others who might know someone. So the movement has reached many people, from many companies. Thus, the whispers. It's always a "no promises" thing but I am overwhelmed by the kind response of strangers.
Many have called friends and my husband to ask if this is all a hoax... because not everyone who gets the e-mail blogs... and because aren't we all annoyed by those forwarded "Please pass and help this cancer-ridden child" e-mails already?
And weirdly enough, we'd give everything for Pyro's illness to be fake... and gone... and ended. But it's still here. His last X-ray still showed a lump on his chest bone, which his oncologist is praying to be just rotten mass (my brother has forgotten to ask if, it turns out to be just rotten mass, will it require surgery again?). The waiting game begins anew for us... for check-ups and chemo and results of lab tests.
But you know the really great miracle?
In the US, people have died from E. Coli. And yet here is Py, fresh from chemotherapy, only 3 years old, and he has survived again.
Special thanks to all those who have been forwarding the e-mails, which I can't really track anymore. And all those people who have taken up the BLOG BRIGADE for Py... these were the only ones I could google... but really, thank you.
I should call them... PYRO'S ANGELS i think :)
Batjay, Jet, Yuga, Brownpau, Bugsy, Tito Rolly, Resty O, Ricky, Cat, Jaypee Online, Angelica Villoria, Toni, Linnor, Leah, Vespinoy, and Retzwerx, Mike Abundo.