CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and SIXTY-ONE
Sissy shook her head.
“So he’s started treatment?” Sandy asked.
“He’s pretty sick,” Sissy said. “He’s lost all of his hair and. . .”
Fat tears ran down her face. She sighed.
“The doctors said that he had a great chance of getting well because he’s so fit and doesn’t have a chromosome issue,” Sissy said. “But that gulag and. . . I mean, there’s no way to know what he was exposed to there.”
“What can we do?” Sandy asked.
“I. . .” Sissy swiped at her tears. Her voice dropped to a whisper, “I don’t know what to do.”
“We’re here,” Aden said. “Tell us what the options are.”
“They tried the meds in France,” Sissy said.
“Did they help?” Aden asked.
Sissy shook her head.
“Lay out the options for us,” Aden said. “I know that you are quite familiar with all of this but it’s new to us.”
Sissy bit her lip and nodded.
“Okay,” Sissy said. “I, uh, okay.”
She took a breath and settled her emotions.
“The doctors in France want to try more medications,” Sissy said. “But Otis says that nothing will work. Otis says that Ivan needs a bone marrow transplant. It’s usually not done in these cases, but Otis thinks it’s Ivan’s only chance. Otis wants him to have the last of the twin’s cord blood. If not that, Grace’s cord blood. He says that Grace has Mike’s healing abilities. Val saved it, right?”
Sandy and Aden nodded.
“One of the problems is that the docs in France want to be more conservative,” Sissy said. “Otis says that they’re going to waste our time and Ivan will get weaker. By the time they decide to do the bone marrow transplant, Ivan will be too weak to get it.”
“I mean. . .” Sissy abruptly stopped talking. Sissy grabbed her glass of water and drank it down. Sandy poured tea for each of them.
“I don’t know if you’ve spent time with Otis. . .” Sissy said. She looked up to see Sandy and Aden shake their heads. “He’s kind of a drama queen. It’s weird because he’s always so emphatic about things, so sure of what to do — anything, really. It’s hard to negotiate a dinner order, let alone something like this.”
“The doctors in France won’t do a bone marrow treatment,” Sissy said. “They refused. And then there’s money! Healthcare is free in France. Ivan is adamant that he won’t saddle me with a huge medical bills. So he. . . So he. . .”
Sissy sucked in a breath.
“He doesn’t want to get married,” Sandy said.
Crying, Sissy nodded.
“He knows that you’re loaded?” Aden asked.
“How am I loaded?” Sissy said, angrily. “My so-called mother stole any penny that should have been mine from Dad and any other money lined her pockets and. . .”
Sissy noticed that Sandy was shaking her head.
“Seth has money for you,” Sandy said. “Or I should say — I have accounts for you from Seth’s money.”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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