Today went very smoothly. I am happy to report that they got the IV in on the first try (last time it took 4 attempts). This made the whole experience so much easier. I can definitely say that it helps alot to ask for the best IV starter on the staff (thanks Kele for this advice) and also for having done this once before and knowing that they had the best luck getting it in her wrist. Once they put the IV in, they gave her the "relaxing drug" and then the "sleepy drug". She was totally giggling as she was going out. I have to admit that this made the whole experience a lot easier. We had to leave the room while they withdrew the bone marrow. Within a few minutes, the doctor came out and said we could go back in and see our sleepy girl. She was already coming to but was very "floppy". We had the big sisters with us and they were allowed to come in the room as well. I do like how kid friendly they make everything for the families. Abbey (my 10 year old) opted not to come in for the IV placement. I think she has a hard time seeing Ella upset. Emma (my 8 year old) is like me....likes to see the action. We were able to leave 30 minutes after the procedure and other than being a little weak still, Ella seemed fine. She fell asleep immediately in the car but we woke her when we got to our next destination a few minutes later so she could finally have her morning bottle (this was at noon). After that she was good as new!!!
Now we wait for the results. We wait to see if her platelets have come up at all. We wait to see if there are any leukemia cells (blasts) forming in her bone marrow and if not, hopefully an answer to why her platelets are low. The doctors know we have a road trip planned in 10 days so hopefully we will hear something before then..I am thinking in a week or so. Please keep her in your prayers!!
Just waking up, trying to push up
My photo girl...trying to smile at the camera
Looking to daddy for help
Mommy kept forgetting that she couldn't
hold her head up well and she would flop back.
In mommy's arms (photo by Emma)