David had his wisdom teeth removed last week. This was his first surgery (two were impacted), his first IV (as he noted) and his first experience with general anaesthesia. I wondered if I would have any symptoms of PTSD when taking him in for the procedure or caring for him afterward, but it didn't happen. He did well, he was funny on drugs immediately following the surgery (reminded me of Katie on what they call "happy juice" in the hospital), and we had a quiet few days here.
The day after his surgery, I went to Camp Goodtimes West again to volunteer with the Arts and Crafts program on Carnival day. It is a perfect venue for me to help. As time goes by, my love for, understanding and appreciation of the magic of camp grows. I am so very thankful that Katie was touched by it, especially considering what awaited her just two months later. I like to think that it brought her back to some connection with her self as a KID after the horrific trauma of cancer treatment, and before the issues of facing her own mortality.
|Carnival Day at Camp with a Rotary friend, Bunky, Mooselips, and me (Truffle)|
|Lunch on the deck with Camp staff and volunteers (some of their names: Gypsy, Yak, Leo, Flower and Loop)|
|Have I mentioned that Camp is on an island, and that Katie's ashes were scattered in that harbor? I think so.|
Today, I met with the new person assigned to the Katie Gerstenberger Endowment for Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Hospital's Foundation. I will be updating that blog with more information soon, but the big news is that Katie's endowment's income will now be funding research at the Ben Towne Center for Pediatric Cancer Research, under the guidance of Dr. Michael Jensen! This has been our goal and desire since we first heard about Dr. Jensen's work, and we are thrilled to say that, due to the generosity of our family and friends who have donated, her endowment is now contributing in a concrete ($$) way.
When Katie was on hospice care and knew that she was going to pass away, we broached the subject of creating an endowment in her memory. We asked if she had any special requests. Her reply was that she wanted the endowment to support research to cure the cancer she had (adrenocortical carcinoma). Since this illness is so very rare, we expanded the mission to include research that will lead to cures for "all solid tumors." Dr. Jensen's work will do just that. Clinical trials for new therapies are set to commence this fall, perhaps as early as September!
I am creating a proposal to teach a class in our community, and am filling out an application to enroll in a program that is very near to my heart's desire. I will post here as the answers roll in.
We have hosted friends and family here, and have been to visit others.
|At my parents' home with friends, just before digging into the trifle that I made for dessert.|
Gregg took a 10-day trip to France and Spain for work. He was able to see new places, eat and drink well, and still accomplish what was needed for his firm. He enjoyed the fireworks in honor of Bastille Day in Biarritz, and was near the Tour de France route, but didn't intersect it.
There is guild news in the works, and that will be posted soon.
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