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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

An Up and Down Day


It was a mostly up day though. Today we went to CHOC for our monthly blood check. In my heart I felt that Ella seemed healthier than ever...no brusing, face full of color, and TONS of energy. So I really thought her blood work would be good. But then of course that feeling of getting blindsided comes around and I started thinking "what if the doctor shocks me when he walks in". So when the Dr. came in the room, I said "Well????" And he pulls out the blood work and we see 147,000 next to platelets and he said "Do you like what you see?" I couldn't believe they had come up so high. Ella got a high five for that. Then I say "What about the hemoglobin?" And we look and it is up to 12.0...Woo Hoo...perfectly normal. Another high five for Ella. I could tell that the doctor was pleasantly surprised. He just kind of shook his head at how all of her numbers have recovered. Then he said that he couldn't believe how close we were to starting chemo not that long ago. I know this is just one month and things can vary again next month. But the thing is that we are so happy because we really thought her bone marrow was starting to act up and possibly start trending towards leukemia and its obviously working just fine right now. These little kids with Ds just keep the doctors on their toes with their uniqueness, I guess.
Now for the down part of the day. Last night we went to Denny's for dinner as it is Kids eat free on Tuesdays. It wasn't very crowded so I asked the guy that sat us to give us a bigger table so that Little Miss Grabby Hands wouldn't be too close to our food. Then, when our server came around, I warned her about Ella and her quick hands as well. In fact, when she brought our meals out, Joe and I were still eating our salads so we asked her to put our dinner plates on the table next to us for a few minutes. I asked for extra gravy and when the server brought it out, it slipped and spilled all over my plate of food which, thankfully was still on the table next to us. We laughed it off and she went to get me a new plate of food. By the time she brought it out, I was finished with my salad so she put it in front of me and said, I will be right back with your gravy. She walks up with the HOT gravy, sets it down practically right in front of Ella and says "I didn't spill it this time" and before I could move, Ella reaches right for it and dunks her fingers in the gravy. Of course she starts screaming etc. etc. We put a cold rag on it and it didn't seem to cause any damage but it definitely hurt because she cried crocodile tears for a while. The server felt so bad that she didn't come back to our table again. The manager took care of us after that. So instead of Kids Eat Free....it became the Whole Family Eats Free. Thanks Ella!! She is fine and there were no blisters but I just couldn't believe that the server set that down right in front of her....especially after my warnings.

18 comments:

Adam, Jaci, Grant and Grace said...

Wahoo! So glad to hear about the results! Give Ella a little kiss from us...hope her fingers are okay!

Emily said...

High five sweet girl! Loving those numbers!
Oh... that happens to us ALL the time at restaurants. Glad she doesn't have any wounds from that experience! Free is always good!

Ruby's Mom said...

So great that Ella's numbers are good right now!
Glad her fingers are o.k. Ruby is really quick about grabbing things too.

The Lehnick Family said...

Prayers have been answered for little Miss Ella...so great to hear her numbers are up! Awesome news! So sorry about the Denny's incident...our little ones are grabbers aren't they? Free is good like Emily said! But so sorry she had to get burned...no fun!

Heather said...

Love this picture when you sent it to me and love it even more up close and personal!.Happy,healthy AND a little stinker!!Perfect combination.Prayers continue for this really great turn to continue on and on and on ...

Love to you all.

Lacey said...

Yeah for great numbers. Whew!!
That waitress must have been so embarrased. I can see why she didn't come back. free meals are always great.

Jeana said...

That is good news...good job Ella. But next time you want to get the check, ask daddy for some money instead:)

mandd3 said...

Great numbers Ella! Denise, did you ever think you would know so much about blood?

Lori said...

Great news that Ella's bloodwork numbers are up! I hope her little fingers are ok. Anna is lightning quick too. We go to the same restaurant every Friday and it only took the waitress, oh, 3 months to remember that Anna will grab anything within reach. =)

Heidi said...

Excellent news about Ella's bloodwork!! What a relief for you and your family!

I'm glad Ella wasn't seriously injured with that gravy. That server must not have been thinking at all!

Monica Crumley said...

Oh, ouch! That must've really hurt... poor little sweetie. So glad her numbers were good. She's sooooo adorable! All your kids are beautiful.

Tina said...

Is that a picture of Ella after she dunked her fingers in the gravy?? It's just so so sweet! I am so thrilled to hear that all the counts came back so great, that is just fantastic, will just keep praying they stay that way.
I know this thing about grabbing everything in sight at ligtening speed, Saira does that too, before you know it woosh its gone, thank god the gravy wasn't all over her and her precious little fingers are o.k.

Kristin said...

Such great news!!!

ABandCsMom said...

Fantastic labs!

I guess your family should have gotten to eat for free. What a ding dong mistake. Poor waitress, she probably did feel terrible. Likely she was so caught up in Ella's cuteness,,,and just wasn't thinking..'hot gravy'

I'm hoping Carly's platelet count is up next week. She is still bruise free. However, she has been ill for three weeks with strep throat...meaning, her count's will probably be off.

Kacey Bode said...

Yay for a free meal all around. Thank God Ella didn't get burned!! Even more thankful that her labs looked great!! Way to keep the doctors stumped : )

Stay healthy sweet girl!!!

Tausha said...

Can I just say these little ones of ours are quicker then any other kids I know. And those servers, no matter how many times you tell them, they still set things right in front of them!!! Glad she didn't get any blisters, poor little thing.

Kim said...

Woo hoo for great news!! Poor Ella~I've noticed that the younger servers(probably kidless) don't understand little ones. So glad she is ok!

Anderson Family said...

YAY for great numbers!!! Such good news! Give her a high five from us!

And too funny - I just posted about this very thing - hands!! You'll have to go read it. Ella and Carter must be into the same stage. So glad she didn't get any blisters!