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[Days -10,-9,-8 &-7] Laughter Is Life’s Best Medicine



“Remember to laugh.” These words were spoken to me by a friend who is also currently navigating a medical hardship, and she is spot on. Without laughter, these hard and scary days would be much more difficult.


Over the last three days, Carter has rocked his rATG (rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin) infusions. This is not the first time Carter has received an ATG. During his Immunosuppressive Therapy (IST) in November of 2021, he received hATG, the horse version. Each is part of the standard regimen for their respective treatments.


Unlike with his hATG, Carter did not have any strong reactions this time, only some nausea. We were watching closely for hives, headaches, and fever. We will still monitor him for serum sickness for a while. Thankfully, Carter has been feeling well enough to attend school and do all of his hospital daily “jobs,” including his required laps around the unit and physical therapy.


When we were in Boston during IST, we had a morning routine of sharing "horse" jokes during rounds. As the days went on, our jokes got really good, and our Attending’s jokes got even better. We looked forward to it every day. So it only makes sense that this time around with rATG, we needed to have our “rabbit” jokes ready. We have had some good ones and even received a couple from our friend with her reminder to laugh.




Carter enjoys the jokes but is also often embarrassed by his parents and our mom/dad jokes. As it goes with tweens, most things we do or say tend to embarrass him these days. Tim and I take great pride in our ability to embarrass our kids, whether it is the jokes, singing, dancing, or carrying on in some fashion. We are just doing it to see them laugh.


Like laughter, music is also medicine for us. If you have been to our home, you know the music is always on, the volume will likely increase as the day (or night) goes on, and a dance party will ensue. So, naturally, we brought our speaker to the hospital with us… and of course, the music has been on! While we are trying to get Carter up to join us in some dancing, he has yet to shake his new cotton tail! 😉


Today, day -7, is Carter’s first day of chemotherapy with a drug called fludarabine. We have heard that it is generally tolerated well and aren’t expecting too many harsh side effects.


We will keep you updated, and in the meantime, please help us keep laughing - send us any good PG jokes you have!

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mgarring
Aug 24, 2022

Laughter is key - glad to hear there is a lot of it! All good parents embarrass their kids - well done :) I don't have any rabbit jokes, but here's one of my favorites....


What did one snowman say to the other?


"I smell carrots too"


You got this Carter!


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info
Aug 23, 2022

PLEASE contact me. I started an AA event in Braselton 13yrs ago On behalf of my bride.

there’s a lot of AA support in Atl.


www.jacksonbrevet.com


Thx

Robert


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brad.grimes
Aug 22, 2022

Thanks for the update Lyndsay! Positive vibes coming from here!


What's a rabbits favorite music? Hip-hop


What do you call the cross between a bunny and an insect? Bugs Bunny

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jenc5678
Aug 20, 2022

Carter and family,


I was BEYOND EXCITED to hear a matched donor was found!! You have always been such an amazing and strong kid. Always smiling 🥰 I’m praying for you guys and so glad to hear you’re laughing. And who doesn’t love a good rabbit joke??


What do you call 100 rabbits walking backward?

A receding hare line


Love, Jen Campbell

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micah.keith
Aug 20, 2022

Knox has two for him! What is a rabbit’s favorite place to eat? Ihop!!


And he has a fish joke (his favorite one)…

What do you call a fish with no eyes?

A Fsh


We are praying and pulling for you, Carter!!! Thank you for the updates!

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