Saturday, 26 December 2015

26 Dec 15 ... Radiation Therapy & Christmas in the City...tick!

Christmas in the City 2015
Due to Brendan's last radiation treatment falling on Christmas Eve our little family of 4 spent our first Christmas away from home and our extended families this year. Although we missed everyone, the city was good to us (as usual) and we spent three great days relaxing together around treatments. 

The real busy period started on Monday the 14th of December for The Maloney's of 8 Yellowfin. Tyra and Baden would be picked up early from school today so that we could get them ready for their year 6 farewell. I had helped decorate the school hall the day before rather than volunteer my time the day of - so that I could get Brendan and I ready for our down and back to Sydney the day after the formal, for his first radiation treatment.  (a 10 hour round trip with rest breaks.. not including the hour appointment)

The farewell went off without a hitch and I was glad to also be able to help in the kitchen with food service on the night. This gave me the opportunity to look in from the outside briefly every now and then as Tyz and Bades spent this precious last night with their primary school friends and teachers.

The day after Bren's first treatment was the last day of primary school ...ever, for the kids. He and I, along with their aunty Deb watched as the whole school formed an honour guard for our gorgeous year six leavers at the 3 o'clock bell. Emotional? Yes! I laughed as I watched Bades walk through the tunnel of kids, teachers, parents & family with his selfie stick out the front capturing the moment forever, and cried with Tyz as she hugged Miss Smithurst...knowing she didn't want to let her go.

This school has been incredibly good for our children and to our family ...we will miss being here.

Two days later Bren and I were back in Sydney for his second treatment, as good fortune would have it we accidently ran into Dr Bhadri as we made our way to clinic reception to drop off a thank you gift for him...it was wonderful to have the opportunity to thank this amazing man in person for all that he has done and continues to do for our family. Choosing to stay over Friday night we enjoyed an intimate dinner together and got a good night sleep before hitting the road again.

Home again long enough for Bren to attend his amputee clinic on Monday and be fitted with a new socket for his prosthetic leg (another advancement in his amputee journey), it was back to Sydney on the Tuesday. With a car packed to the brim full of kids, luggage and Chrissy presents, we set off for the final two treatments, a day apart, radiation was done and dusted by 2 pm Christmas Eve.

Although exhausted, we had a lovely time...we laughed, we watched polar express with the kids on Chrissy Eve - which always makes Brendan and I cry, Brendan had treatment, we ate, we swam, we shopped, we had some squabbles and most of all had lot's of fun. All in all... it was a pretty normal Maddalena-Maloney Christmas.

We drove home Christmas Day, didn't miss the crazy traffic like expected and are now enjoying a very relaxed Boxing day as we look forward to catching up with our families and a very special little man by the name of Ashton Michael Wynter!

Yep; as mentioned in my last post... in the middle all the hectic madness of Christmas we were blessed to have two beautiful little bubs' join our families.

Being an Aunty & Uncle is Great!!!


Life's good and hope is limitless

Cal xx

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