Oakley was pretty upset that we weren't going to get to go stay at Aunt Debbie and Uncle Carl's house this time around, they were sick. We had to do some serious convincing and bribing, but we got him calm and convinced that staying in a hotel would be fun. We headed down Friday night after David got off work. We wanted to take Oakley swimming since his counts were so high and he was feeling great! The pool was awesome. It was warm water which Oakley took to rather quickly. Did I mention how much he loves the water too? Probably his second love to being outdoors. Anyway, when he finally got cold & tired of the normal pool, we were able to move to the hot tub which was the perfect hot tub temperature. It was also huge enough to accommodate Oakley's floater and the other two kids with their life jackets. I think they all would have stayed there all night if we would have let them. We made them get out at 12:30ish (AM) Yep, it was a late night but it was so worth seeing the excitement on Oakley's face.
Oakley once again did awesome! We enjoyed having the whole family there to hang out with. The kids had fun playing on the ground with their cars (we had a mat under them), cooking in the play kitchen and playing basketball. I wish I had pictures. I don't know why I didn't think to get pictures this time around. I think the family is tired of my picture taking. MEMORIES people!!!
We were able to have several visitors this time as well. My sweet childhood friend stopped in with toys galore for Oakley. He loved the puzzle and the Harry Potter card her little boy made. Oakley also received a beautiful quilt from his Gallup cousins. They patched together a quilt with blocks they decorated at the family reunion. What a great present. He sleeps with it on his bed every night to remind him of the great family support he has behind him!
The last day we were there, we were informed that Oakley would need a blood transfusion. David was tired of being there so he opted to have them place an IV and give him the transfusion simultaneously with his chemo. I had to leave the room because I wanted no part in extra pokes to my little boy. He did great though, received his chemo and blood and we still got discharged at a decent time. We were able to go to dinner and then back to another hotel for more swimming that evening. This water wasn't nearly as warm and the hot tub wasn't nearly as cool, but we did enjoy the company! :) Another successful week of chemo!
Thank you again to all who think and pray for our family & Oakley's quick recovery. I know that it's what has helped us get this far! :)