Thursday, May 19, 2011


Just when we were happily adjusting to life outside of doctor's offices...Grace took a bad bounce at gymnastics class on Sunday, and broke her elbow. Two long days - one in the ER - one at an orthopedics office and it is confirmed that she needs surgery to repair the bone chip. So, off we will go tomorrow to get that done. Clay was excited about this news and asked her, "What flavor [gas] are you going to get? They have bubble gum, cherry, mint..." (This passes for normal in our house.) She has been in a good bit of pain, but is eager to get her arm back in motion and have tomorrow behind us.

P.S. Thank you Donna for sharing your photo of Clay taken at Grace's most recent soccer game (seen at top right).

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May 10

We recently enjoyed a fun night at the Nationals Stadium - for a Horton's Kids event. Here are some photos taken down on the field where everyone got to bat. Clay particularly enjoyed sassing Screech.

Things are good in the Derderian household. Clay is feeling well most of the time with only intermittent headaches and nausea. I took him to the clinic today to get his port cleaned, and he is weighing in at 36 pounds. I don't know why mothers in general are crazed over their children's weight, but it has become somewhat of an obsession for me. He was down to 30 pounds this winter, so this comeback makes me very happy. We had a lovely, low-key Mother's Day. Clay gave me a yellow daffodil made from his hand print, and Grace a flower in a pot with this: "If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden" (Ghandi).

We met with a team of volunteers from "Make A Wish" recently, and Clay is being granted a wish to enjoy now while he is off treatment. We have had several funny conversations with him about what he might wish for, and as you might imagine the lobbying is getting intense. So far he is not buying into going to Disneyland (Grace), getting a live-in cook (me), or a night with Lindsay Lohan (JD). What he is sticking with is going back to the Florida Keys "but NOT jet skiing, maybe kayaking." If anyone has any great places in mind please send them our way, at this point all things are possible. Well, not all things. In-ground swimming pools, vehicles, and firearms are excluded. Imagine how those "wish" conversations went!

Clay's next MRI is June 10. If all is well the port will be removed soon after.

-- Mary