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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bone Marrow and Platelets!!


I am bummed!!! Ella's platelets dropped again!! Today they were 23,000 (normal being a minimum of 140,000). Her's have been running low for quite some time but had started trending upward slightly last month. But now they have dropped again and the oncologist wants to do another bone marrow biopsy next week. He feels that these bad cells that they saw on the chromosome test from the last biopsy are starting to interfere with the bone marrow production which is where the platelets are made. The only way to really know what's going on is to do another bone marrow biopsy. I got the feeling from him that he thinks chemo could be in our near future but I am still trying to be hopeful. Although there is a part of me that feels that if its going to happen no matter what, let's just get it over with and make her completely healthy!! So once again, we would welcome your prayers for Ella to have an easy time with starting her IV and that they won't see any leukemia cells. The procedure will be done next Wed.




Ella pulling cousin Ethan's hair


Ella and cousin Ethan


Ella and biggest sister Abbey




Ella and big sister Emma





Ella relaxing with Abbey








19 comments:

Adam, Jaci, Grant and Grace said...

I am so sorry to hear about that. I cannot imagine how you are feeling. Sweet, little Ella (and your entire family) will be in our prayers. I am proud of you for being so brave and strong.

Anderson Family said...

We will definitely pray for Ella - I hope you don't have to do the chemo thing - that breaks my heart. We will keep our hopes up that she will improve her numbers on her own! She is so sweet and smiles so much!

Carter is doing a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy, ear tubes in both ears and having skin tags removed from his bottom. A lot of procedures but we opted to piggy back everything so the recovery will be better. Thanks for your prayers!

Heather said...

Repeat of my message earlier:We love you and are here for you and we are praying for sweet Ella.Keep the faith my friend.You know I know,we know, this path all too well but until we hear otherwise,we aren't even going to entertain any of it.Call on me day or night.I here for you always.

Tina said...

Terribly sorry and upset to hear this news, Sweet Ella is in my prayers and so is your entire family. It must feel like a nightmare coming true, something every parents fears, their children being sick. Stay positive and strong, you are very brave one can see that and I am sure a stronger, mightier force will help guide you through this.
Thoughts and prayers continue for you always....

Pallavi said...

Denise,
Sweet Ella is in our prayers.
Everything will be all right dear.
Lets hope for the best.

stephanie said...

Denise, you have my prayers today. Heather, has the best advice. Just handle what you are given today.We are all here for you. Stay strong and keep the faith.

Adrienne said...

Denise, I'm sorry to hear this. Ella is definitely in my prayers. I hope things go well next week.

Emily said...

Oh... sweet Ella. Your family has our prayers 100%. Keep strong my friend. We are never given more than we can handle... love you guys!

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

We are praying hard for sweet Ella!!!!

Kristin said...

Oh no! We will be praying hard for your sweetie. Hopefully I'll get those hair clips in the mail today.
(Piper is dying to get out of the house and she can't grasp why we can't haul Max around to all the usual play places! But Daddy's coming home early today so we can get out of the house for a bit!)

Mama Mason-Mann said...

Oh Denise! NOT the news anyone wanted to hear. BIG BIG BIG hugs to you and Ella and your whole family. And to have to wait until next Wed and then you have to wait for results too, right? UGH! Thoughts, prayers and good mojo all coming your way!

Michelle said...

Thinking happy thoughts for Ella!

Mary said...

Prayers from WA are headed your way.

Devon said...

Sweet girl! Prayers from Texas for sweet Ella.

I'm sorry we didn't get to meet up too...I would have loved to! If you guys wander over here again, let me know!

Cammie Heflin said...

Praying for your sweet girl!

Tim and Kelli said...

Argh, not another bone marrow. So sorry to hear they are falling again. Praying for your family and send easy IV start and no leukemic cell vibes your way. Hang in there!

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

we were on vacation last week and i had no access to the internet... i have fallen behind on emails and blogs so i had no idea until i just saw this! i am saying some prayers for little ella and you guys too!!!

Lori said...

Thinking about you all. I cannot imagine having to deal with this kind of stress and I admire your strength and grace. Prayers for Ella and your whole family - as I know it affects everyone.

mauimom said...

Hi Denise,
I missed your post about this, so now I am finally reading it. My prayers are with sweet Ella.