Although it's not on my Bucket List, it's definitely at the top of Eric's:
We spent the weekend in San Diego and one of our stops was LegoLand. Eric thought he'd died and gone to heaven! Eric thoroughly enjoyed the day, but Jack wasn't quite as thrilled. There wasn't a single wheelchair accessible ride, so there was little Jack could do. Jack toughed it out though and tolerated the eight hours in his wheelchair and in the sun very well. Thankfully, the park closed at 5pm!
The other reason we went to San Diego was to attend a Cure CMD Information Day. I was mostly interested in having Jack see one of the doctors who was presenting at the event. He is one of the top neuromuscular doctors/researchers in the country - if not the world. He specializes in congenital muscular dystrophies and has worked at Children's Hospital of Boston and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and is now at the NIH. Anne Rutkowski, the founder of Cure CMD asked me if I would be interested in having Jack participate in a study being conducted by Dr. B at the NIH to try and determine the subtype of Jack's CMD. Although I'm not that interested in knowing the exact genetic subtype of Jack's CMD, I know it's important to Cure CMD's mission and because I like and respect Anne, I want to do what I can to help. Because it's not an option to take Jack to the NIH, when I saw that Dr. B was going to be at the conference, it gave us an excuse to go to San Diego for the weekend. After a day of seeing patients in clinic, Dr. B and Anne came by the hotel and sat down with us to talk about Jack's history and to see Jack. We hung out in the hotel lobby and had a drink together. Dr. B made it clear that he doesn't usually conduct a consultation while drinking a beer! :) At this point, I need to get Jack's brain MRI taken back in 1999 sent to the NIH and see if I can get Jack tested for a specific genetic subtype that he hasn't been tested for next time we are in St. Louis. The conference itself was very interesting and informative. It was geared more towards medical professionals, but I could keep up for the most part.
It was a busy few days, but lots of fun. Traveling is so hard on Jack because of the time he has to spend in his chair and on his back-up vent (without humidity). He was definitely exhausted at the end of each day, but he is such a trooper. I wish he could enjoy the things that we do, but to be honest, he is happiest at home in his own room and his own bed. It makes me sad, but it is what it is.
Back to the grind tomorrow. Spring Break is officially over and the kids are back to school tomorrow too. (Eric is not happy!)