Happy: A Quest for Life After Death

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mat's Christmas (and MLK Jr. Day) Wish

The thing that Mat was looking forward to most about Christmas was being able to give Ian a snowboard. Ian already had a snowboard -- a toy store variety purchased for $1 this summer at a garage sale -- but Mat got him a real-live snowboard complete with bindings and edges. He loved it.

Ian got to try out his snowboard in Maine, where we spent a few days visiting family. We found a snow-covered hill where Ian could practice. Uncle Zach moved some snow around with his tractor to build a jump where he and Mat stayed entertained, Mom and Colin went sledding, and we all had a great time.

The true test of the snowboard, however, came over MLK Jr. Day weekend. We went to Vermont with some friends to a ski resort, and signed Ian up for lessons. He tried skiing one day, snowboarding the next, and ... he may be a skiier.

We still have plenty of time to convince Ian of the error of his ways. If we fail, well, at least Grandpa Tom will be happy.

Mat had two weeks off his medication around Christmastime, which meant more energy for snowboarding. He's back on, and it seems to be going well. He is a little tired, most things (including air) taste like aluminum, and, weirdly enough, his hair is losing color (check out his eyebrows the next time you see him!). All in all pretty manageable.

Mat will have another scan the first week of February to find out whether the Sutent is working. It may be too early to tell, but I'll keep you posted!