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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

We're Going Back In!!

Well...looks like we will heading back in to the hospital either today or tomorrow. Ella's blood counts finally hit the marker they want to see to start round 2 of chemo. For those of you that understand these things....her ANC was 1891, platelets were 412 and Hb 12.6. These numbers are all wonderful and numbers we never saw before chemo was started. As her care coordinated told me when I said that I am almost nervous to see such a high ANC and platelet count...."that is because she is in remission and her bone marrow is finally working right"

So, I am just waiting to get a call from the hospital telling us if we will be admitted today or tomorrow and then we will start round 2 the next day. I am ready to move on with this treatment but so dreading going back in the hospital. This round is a little different. They break up the chemo infusion by giving it to her for 2 days and then having a break and then giving it to her again on days 8 and 9. Supposedly we will get to go home in between for 4 or 5 days so this first hospital stay should only be about 3 days. That I can live with....but when we go back, it will be for the long haul again, probably at least 3 weeks.

Here is a picture of the feisty one!! And yes, she looks like she is making an obscene gesture!!

30 comments:

Christi Harrison said...

she is so cute even while making an obscene gesture. i don't envy you and the hospital treatment but i am so grateful to hear that her bone marrow is working again. keep it up sweet Ella!

Sunnie said...

Keep rockin' it Ella!!
She is so adorable...so glad she kicked that bone marrow into gear!
In my thoughts and prayers.
Sunnie in NC

Kristin said...

Nobody wants back in the hospital, but at least you know that means you're one step closer to the finish line! Prayers for your little warrior!

stephanie said...

Well,let's get in and get it done!!


BTW, that picture of Em turned out to be quite the project. still trying to print it out. Don't ask, nothing in my life is simple! I promise it's coming!

Hugs!!

EL said...

Okay Denise.. I'll be praying for your little sunshine. I can imagine the dredful hospital stay.. hang in there.. you're doing so great! She's so full of life.. I love it. I'll be reading.. with love, Erin

Lacey said...

Lets get this show on the road! I hpoe the girls are having fun in Texas!

Heather said...

Necessary evil my friend,as you well know.But,as I have told others,that have started this journey after us,before you know t,you will be on this side and the view is spectacular!

So wish Zoey had those awesome numbers post chemo ..a year later and we are STILL waiting on decent ANC!!!

Sweet Pea's Mommy said...

Congrats on hitting the magic numbers! I hope that the first few days back in aren't too bad and that you enjoy the few days at home before the long haul. We will definitely have to visit again when you are in for the long haul!

my family said...

I hope your days fly by in the hospital. Glad the #'s are where they are supposed to be. Obscene???I think she is blowing William a kiss :)

Kick that cancer where it hurts Ella :)

Sandy said...

Awesome numbers! Ella looks like she is a character! She will remain in my prayers.

Kim said...

Even when things seem crummy Ella, you always have a way to brighten my day! You are a character girl! We will continue to keep you in our prayers! Keep those doctors and nurses on their toes!!

The VW's said...

Hope everything goes well....as well as it can in the hospital anyway! Fight hard Ella and get home soon! Hugs!!!

Kelly said...

Rock on Ella!! (Denise, you are so bad...but I love your sense of humor)!! LOL

Glad to hear the numbers are where they need to be. I hope everything goes as planned and that you are all home, "for good", real soon!!

Hang in there Ella (and family), the finish line is within reach! Continued prayers, sweet girl!

Heidi said...

I'm glad you are able to start round 2 - although I can't imagine another long stay in the hospital. We are praying for Ella and the rest of your family as you start round 2. Hugs from Joel to Ella!

Skye is the Limit! said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers!! I love the picture BTW!! :)

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

first i have to say i literally laughed out loud at your commentary that "yes it looks like she is making an obscene gesture"! so funny!

also - i am so happy to hear that ella's bone marrow is working correctly and her numbers are so much better... but at the same time i am dreading for you the trip back into the hospital - especially the long one! keep us posted!!! :)

Bulldogma said...

Remember to take plenty of things to help YOU relax... you don't want to end up with high blood pressure from stress (LOL)! Books, music, perhaps some flameless aromatherapy?? Be good to yourself so you have more energy for Miss Ella. I'm thinking about you and Ella ((HUG))

Rochelle said...

Go Ella Go, praying this round is super fast and super effective. Love and hugs to you all!!!

Mama Mason-Mann said...

She's just telling Leukemia where it can go! LOL Glad to hear the numbers are so good. Go get 'em!!!! We'll be thinking of you as always as you head back to he hospital.

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Hahahahaa okay, that photo is hilarious! I saw it before I read your comment and I thought "Wow, that's obsene little Ella!" LOL Glad I wasn't the only one. :)

I am glad her counts are great. It stinks to go back in, but at least you're making progress.

Adrienne said...

Ella is such a strong little girl! Praying for a good stay at the hospital and of course to beat this nasty cancer!!

Marianne said...

Aw, man! I'm glad her counts are good but wishing she didn't need further treatment and hospital stays. I hope this will all be done soon enough! Oh, I made a mental note of her size ;-) I hope to make something soon, within the next couple of weeks! Does she have a favorite animal?

mandd3 said...

I can't text - I have a cheapy prepaid plan. But I can email mand3 at hotmail dot com. Prayers to you and Ella!

Lori said...

We will be praying for you all as you head back in for another round.
Love you Sweet Ella!!

Monica said...

Such a cutie! Prayers for you all as she gets ready for round 2.

Emily said...

Hope everything goes as smooth as possible during this hospital stay! Love you all bunches!

JR said...

Be strong Sweet Ella Grace. We are all praying and cheering for you. Denise, you be strong too. Get rest when you can.

Tina said...

Keeping Ella in my prayers...all will go well I know it.

Love love that picture, gosh does she cuter each time, who would think her precious little body is going through so much. God bless her, we are keeping on praying!

kecia said...

good luck with round 2~ we will keep you in our prayers!

Melissa M said...

Back in the hospital doesn't sound like fun (and yes I have lots of sympathy for you!!), but at least you are one step closer to being done with this. :)