Saturday, April 14, 2007

Koby is a year old

There are many things that we can be grateful to God for, and this week as Koby turned a year old - Anne and I thanked God for a list of things. This was no short simple list- it started from me being able to celebrate this occasion with the family, the joy that Koby brings us every day and the support we have from our parents and siblings that we are so crippled without!
Koby was oblivious to the fact that there was a whole lot of fuss being made about him. He just enjoyed the attention that he was given with his usual two tooth grin.
We started his birthday celebrations in church on Easter day. Annes parents were here and Cherry as well. Tripti and Santosh were in Manipal on Sunday as Santosh finished and passed his final exams.
Koby went up during the birthday announcement - but was fast asleep and Anne received his card for him. We had a special lunch after that - Koby was dressed for the occasion in a juba and dothi.
We had another cake and party when Tripti and Santosh got back on Wednesday. Koby was thrilled by his red car cake and ate a fair amount of it.
Our little boy is growing up fast. God has been just so good in our lives and Koby is the best example.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

The Surgical resident

Over the last few months, I have been neck deep in work. Our Surgical departments work with a single resident for 4 months in a year, during the time our final year residents go on study leave and the new first year residents join in March. Which means we are on call every day for a 4 month stretch.
Life is actually good over these months in terms of a learning curve, where a lot of responsibility is given to us and our decision making skills are sharpened. One does wish there was more time to spare, but with so much to operate and so much to learn, there is really no room to complain.
I was prompted to publish again after getting to meet up with an interesting chap called Tanweer. He has exactly the same lymphoma as I did and his symptoms were similar too! He is currently on MACOP-B + Rituxan and his wife joins him in Vellore today on their anniversary. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers. They too have a young son. Tanweer keeps a blog too, but his was from well before his chemo - it makes interesting reading . Link up here. I had mentally decided that my blog had done it's job and it was time to quit. I guess it's worthwhile keeping the chronicles going for people to realize that the life after Chemo is just as it was before - it's just a matter of holding onto the roller coaster tight enough to get through the ride as well as to keep your eyes open to enjoy the trip.

Koby is growing up by the minute! It's just like any time spent with him is not enough time spent. His latest favorite is a game of peek a boo! Being busy in the wards does mean that I get less time to be with him. But it's not all that bad, living on the campus means I can pop in and out whenever and we are blessed with good house help- who look after him like a little prince.

I met up with Dr. Mammen with my test results and he said there was no logic in repeating PET scans regularly. I need to do just chest X rays and a thyroid function test to make sure the radiation had not nuked my thyroid gland.