Fun & Fears

June 14, 2010

It has been quite the interesting last week or so at our house. As you can tell, I haven’t posted a thing since this past Wednesday. I came down with some sort of virus or cold. Katy was next in line. Bryan followed shortly after and last but not least came Shel.

Then, this morning, Shel woke up with a case of vertigo that left her so nauseous that she threw up anytime she moved her head. Yes, it has been that kind of week for us.

Not to say we haven’t had our share of laughs while all this has been going on. We all felt healthy enough at least to head out to Six Flags on Saturday for a morning at the water park. We found out Katy loves the wave pool. And she also loves to watch the Batman roller coaster. Would love to show you video of it but my phone camera keeps messing up videos for some unknown reason. So you’ll have to picture this:

As the roller coaster gets brought up to the top of its first hill, Katy yells at the top of her lungs: “CO-TER!! (coaster) UP, UP, UP, UP, UP!” And then as the roller coaster starts to head down the first hill… “Down, down, down, down, down. Bye, Bye!” We’ll be back later on this summer and I’ll get video of it. You have to understand this is EVERY time the roller coaster is going up. So every minute or so, we go through this again, all while giggling through waves coming in to the edge of the pool.

And for those of you not reading this on the Exceptional Family TV site, I wanted to share this video with you all. Katy is featured about the 1:15 mark. (Zach is the son of Exceptional Family TV host and producer Nathan Charlan. He has cerebral palsy and is one of the cutest kids you will ever meet.)

So, that’s the Fun part of this. What’s the Fears?

I’m not sure what to make of this, but as you know, I have a number of Google Alerts that keep track of certain phrases and topics. One of those is Chromosome 6 Deletions. I had discounted a number of alerts coming in until recently; but now I’m wondering if I’m missing something. Here’s the deal: probably 50% of the alerts I get for the aforementioned topic have to do with non-Hodgkins lymphoma – a form of cancer.

What does this have to do with chromosome 6 deletions? Evidently, there have been numerous studies done that show chromosome 6 deletions and abnormalities in many non-Hodgkins lymphoma patients’ initial biopsies.

Does this mean anything for Katy? I have no idea. I try to stay educated on as many topics as I can in the genetic realm now because of Katy; but I’m obviously out of my league once we get into these discussions.

If anybody out there has any thoughts on this or anyone that might know some answers, please let me know.

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