Wednesday, February 27, 2008

New Idea

A big thanks to the New Idea for publishing Cody's Story. It has brought about a large interest in this blog and has increased the donations at the Westpac Bank.

Cody has had a very quiet week...............which is actually GREAT news!!!! No flying trips to the hospital, no dramas.......... just Cody being his normal self. Right back to his wacky sense of humour even :0)

A fundraising idea has been born from the Nelson Half Marathon held here in May. I have given out sponsorship forms to approx 40 people competing in it and have also got the Athletics club behind it too. They have the forms on their website for anyone to down load. The idea is that each competitor asks at least 10 people to sponsor them at $1 per km. Meaning the most anyone person would pay out is $21 or more if they wish to just donate. If I can get 100 people to do this and get at least $210 from each form....................well you get the picture. So to all in Nelson..................get behind anyone you know competing in this event and listen out for the advertising on the radio and in the paper.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cody's Hickman Line

On Thursday, Cody goes back into hospital. This time for general surgery to remove his old split hickman line. This is normally done under local but when they inserted the new line they discovered that Codys old hickman line has grown into his body and now needs to be surgically removed.

This is not the best news for us as we really dont want Cody to have any surgery he really doesnt need to have.

With the last hickman being inserted into a new vein it was a little distressing for us to be told that he has used 3 of his 6 available veins. He must have 2 good veins left for transplant.

We have a meeting in two weeks with the surgical team and will be asking them to clarify what this means for us and Cody.

Cody's story has been published in New Idea. The feed back has been wonderful and very supportive. I just hope that NZ gets behind us and helps us to raise the funds and awearness.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Happy 17th Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy Birthday to Cody.........Happy birthday to you....................

We are thrilled to wish Cody a very happy birthday and the fact that he is now at home again is the best present for Cody.

His hickman line has been reinserted but unfortunatley we have lost our first vein. They say there are 6 veins in the body that can be used for a hickman line (this line feeds him his TPN and also fluids each day) but for cody, our surgeon informed us that he only has the use of 3?? We know that they need 2 good veins for transplant and with loosing one vein we are down to our last two already. This is something that needs to be clarified with the surgeon next week.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

How to keep a teenage mind active???

Cody is now well enough to be able to go home for a few hours during the day. They are doing this to try and spark his mind and lift the dark cloud he has hovering over his head. He dislikes hospitals (even more now than ever) and so if he is in the ward for more than a few days he starts to sink into a depression. He has been in over a week now and with possibly another week to come. He has been the sickest he has ever been this time round and so with all of that, Cody has gone down hill - mentally. We are all concerned for his state of mind.

So I ask you.....What can you do to lift the spirits of a 17 year old boy???? I have some ideas and will try to make them happen.

1 - a helicopter ride around Nelson
2 - some time out on a boat going fishing
3 - shooting clay targets or even a row of cans off a fence
4 - a ride in a flash sports car (like a ferrari)
5 - 4wd motor bikes or the skywire

Its hard to think of things that he can actually do. Some of the things that he loves, he cant do. He loves playing Paintball with his mates and playing soccer. But for obvious reasons he cant do those.

It will be Cody's birthday FEB 7th, Please leave birthday wishes for him. We cant let his 17th go past with out making a big deal out of it.