The toy store was fun. I accompanied Lucy and Charlie on the Ferris wheel, while Jeff and Hank checked out the Lego's. Each kid was given a budget and Charlie had a good idea about what he wanted. He checked out the Lego's and then headed for the video games where he found the perfect DS game that was under budget. Lucy grabbed me by the hand to check out all the "girl stuff" and Hank dragged Jeff and Charlie around as he looked at every single toy that he liked in his price range. Lucy did the same...pulling me towards the Barbies and stuffed animals and then back to the Barbies and on to the Little Ponies. What started out as a fun little excursion to keep the kids occupied, turned into an ordeal as the little shoppers grew more and more indecisive, trying to get the best thing for the best deal. As we gave them the 5 minute warning, they finally made their choices and skipped and danced their way to the check out. With their packages in hand, we grabbed a cab and headed back to the room, so that the kids could play with their toys and relax.
I am feeling cautiously optimistic...I don't want to assume anything and I don't want to get my hopes up too much. I know each case is different and some kids only have 2 or 3 surgeries and some have 7 or 8! It will depend on how Hank grows and how severe his case is...did it affect the bones? Hate to have it be a "wait and see"...but at least we have gotten this far...Hank looks good...feels good and is presumably healthy! He won't ever look exactly like he did before the ravages of Parry Romberg Syndrome started...but no one is perfectly symmetrical...we just want to give him a chance to have some normalcy.