Wednesday, March 9, 2011


We've had a very busy day today! First, mom took me and Eli to the doctor. I had a fever yesterday, but it went away. Mom still made me go get checked. The doc says I'm fine though. I don't have an infection, but she wants me to wear a mask any time I'm not at home. Then, it was Eli's turn. Usually, the doctor takes mom into a room without us to talk about test results, but Eli asked to hear everything. They tried to make me leave too, but I wanted to be brave like my brother. The first thing that happened was the doctor took us into a room with a big table. Mom sat in the middle, with one of us on each side. We all held hands. Then, the doctor started talking about a lot of stuff I didn't really understand. When mom started to cry, Eli put his arm around her shoulder. I couldn't help it, I started to cry too. Mom asked us if we wanted to leave, but Eli said he wanted to stay, so I stayed too. Eli stood behind mom and me so that he could hold us both. The doctor told us that Eli would have to have brain surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible and to test it to see what kind of tumor it is. She said he will have to get a full body scan to see if it spread anywhere else. When the doctor finished talking, Eli looked at her straight in the face and said, "Be honest with me. What are the chances that this has already spread somewhere else?" She said pretty high. Mom started crying more, but Eli squeezed our hands, cleared his throat and said with confidence, "We'll win this fight. Henleys always do." I was so proud of him! He gets the body scan and goes to meet the neurosurgeon tomorrow. Mom is taking Eli, and our grandma is coming to stay with me and Elyssa. We like it when grandma visits because she always brings us presents! I wonder what she'll bring tomorrow...

After the doctor appointments, mom took me and Eli out to lunch. Eli wanted to go to Fazoli's, but I still taste metal all the time, so I wasn't that hungry. At least, I wasn't until I discovered that Fazoli's breadsticks don't taste like metal! I think I ate about 10 of them! They were so so good! Eli got the sampler with lasagna, spaghetti, and alfredo. Plus he ate more breadsticks than me. He's such a pig. I got a kid's cheese pizza. I think mom was just really happy that I ate something that tasted normal. I'm going to ask her if we can go back for dinner.

We didn't get to go look at puppies yet because mom didn't want us to go out in the rain, but she just said we can go this weekend! I've had two more fights with Elyssa about what kind of puppy to get, so mom said Eli gets to be the tie breaker. Elyssa baked him cookies to try to bribe him to side with her. Eli keeps saying that if we fight one more time, he's going to get himself a hamster instead of a dog for the family. He's kidding though. I think... Maybe I should do his chores, just in case!

Uh oh. Mom is yelling at me. I haven't done any school work since Monday, and she threatened to take my computer away. I better go do my homework!


  1. Oh man. Sorry to hear that your brother got such bad news.


    He's very brave, though. Your family will definitely get through this. We're sending our wishes for a fast recovery.

    The Green Girls

    P.S. When we want something from one of our sisters, doing their laundry usually helps.

  2. Thanks for the well wishes! The only thing Eli is upset about is mom said he can't play baseball this season. Boys!

    Doing laundry! That's a great idea! I'll have to try that! Eli hates folding socks, so I think I will offer to do that for him.

  3. Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about Eli, Tay. :( I'm sending lots of get well wishes his way! Of course there are still plenty for you as well. :)

    I finally got in tonight! It's SO great to be home. I missed my mom and sisters so much!