Vampbaby is back at Chez Healing to deal with the fever and mouth sores. It's amazing how you adapt to situations that seem so terrible -- we made our way to the ER tonight as if it was a trip to the grocery store.
So, while we heal a bit, here's a little game for you. Let's play "Be Vampdaddy for a Day!"
The rules are simple -- you will see below two options that Vampmommy and I had to consider this weekend, and you must pick one. There is no cheating, no way out. And you will be unable to take back your answer. To play, it is best to have a stop watch; preferably one of a nuclear nature that records time to the nanosecond.
There are two objects to the game:
1. After reading the choices before you, see how long it takes before you feel the claws of some terrible demon from Hell grab your heart, rip it to shreds, shove the bloody pulp into your throat, and light it on fire. This is where the ultra-speedy stop watch can come in handy.
2. With the unbearable heat and pain of your broken heart burning through your throat, make your decision.
Sounds like fun, right? Well, here goes....
A part of Vampbaby's treatment includes Radiation Therapy. Radiation is typically not given to children less than three years old, and Vampbaby is a youthful 18 months. However, this cancer is so malignant that it is perscriped as a part of the therapy. So, here are the choices:
A. Do radiation. As a result of this choice, Vampbaby is more likely to survive cancer-free. However, as a trade off, radiating the section of the brain in question will no doubt cause massive damage, leading to certain loss of neurological functioning. At best, Vampbaby will be mentally retarded. At worst, he will spend his cancer-free days in a vegetative state. Either way, he will need full-time, round-the-clock care, and never be able to live indedpendantly. Remember, though -- the chances of him beating cancer are increased (although we do not know how much).
B. Don't do radiation. As a result of this choice, Vampbaby should emerge from treatment in a year with full cognitive functioning; in essence, the Vampbaby we know and love will return, and make quick strides to catch up to his friends in development. However, there is an increased risk that the treatment will fail, and it will be more likely that his cancer would return. If his cancer returns, the liklihood that it could be successfully treated, under today's best treatment options, is slim to none. How much does the risk increase? No one knows. Certainly, kids have survived without radiation. However, some have died without it, and it can't be ruled out that the child might have survived had radiation been done as a part of treatment.
Now, start the timer.
That was fast, wasn't it?
Now, work through the pain and choose -- what would you do?