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Friday, August 20, 2010

Round Three Has Begun



Round 3 of Ella's chemo is well underway now and as you can see from the above picture that was taken this afternoon, she is not letting it get her down!! At the time of this post, she is about 56 hours into her 96 hours of chemo. It hasn't seemed to bother her at all so hopefully that will continue to be the case. It has been a little harder this round because she is hooked up to the IV constantly as the infusion of chemo is continuous. This means that she can't really get down out of her crib and just play like she usually can. We have been able to take some walks with her pushing her baby stoller and me trying to keep up with her with the IV pole. I was nervous to do this at first because I thought she could keep trying to drop to the floor but last night we walked around for almost an hour before getting tired. It is so cute because every time she sees someone, she waves and says "hi" before moving on and then turning around to say "bye" and blow a kiss. The chemo will be finished on Sunday afternoon and then we will just sit and play the waiting game again....waiting for her numbers to drop down and then come back up!! Here are some pictures of her first couple of days.


She is still smiling!!



Taking a walk with our IV pole by our side



How Ella has to spend a lot of her time....watching Barney, Elmo or Signing Times



Where's Ella?



There she is!!!



Ella is trying to escape with Teddy, hoping that no one will notice!!



Hanging with a great friend.



And another



Awww...big hugs!!

27 comments:

Zoey's mom said...

Sweet Ella Grace,we love you so and are so very,very proud of you!

These children never cease to amaze me.Their resiliency.their forgiveness.The courage with which they endure this road thrust upon them.I remember vividly watching Zoey,as that liquid gold,hope in a bottle coursed through her veins,and I could not believe she was smiling and giggling and spreading her charm,despite it all.

Prayers for an uneventful round.Remember,my prediction?18-21 days.Then home.But promise you won't hold it against me if it isn't so!

Kelli said...

Oh Ella, I have never seen someone smile as much as you do despite the fact that you are getting chemo! You are such a strong little girl and we are so proud of you! Sending lots of hugs your way...and Colin told me to send you an extra special gentle hug for you [with a kiss] ;)

stephanie said...

Oh Denise, Miss Ella is amazing! it absolutely must be the power of prayer that is keeping her smiling through all this. Do the doctors say anything about how well she is handling all the rounds? it cannot be the norm.

The picture by the elevator made me laugh until i cried.

Denise you must come East! but i don't know how I'd let you all go back West!

Rochelle said...

Yeah Ella,
We are so proud of you and thankful that you are feeling great still. We will continue praying for you daily and hope you finish and go home soon!

Cammie Heflin said...

She is doing so great!!! Looks fabulous! Addy has that same monkey blanket and hula girl outfit, shocking huh??? Hope she has a quick release!!!

The VW's said...

She is such a trooper....and such a smiley, happy one at that! I bet she brings a lot of joy to others in the hospital! Hope it continues to go well! Love, Hugs and Prayers!!!

Lacey said...

Chemo, whats chemo? She doesn't even know its coming and she could care less! I love it! I bet its so hard to keep that busy girl contained to a room!

Stevenson Family said...

Ella you are one amazing girl. Keep up the good fight and keep that beautiful smile on. LOVE the pictures!!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Love her! :)

G-Zell said...

God bless her... she is such a trooper.. what a beautiful smile.... LOVE the pics.

GO Ella!

Rachel said...

What a strong girl and example for all of us you are! We love you. Hang in there!

Runningmama said...

I love that her HUGE smiles says...Bring it on...nothing can get me down! Hoping you get to go home in the shortest amount of time possible!

The Sanchez Family said...

She is an amazing little girl and she makes us all remember just what is important in life! Keep smiling little one and soon this will all be behind you!

Jeana said...

Your little girl is just too amazing. She is teaching us all how to endure and SMILE through hard things. She is amazing, and so is her mama. Love the pictures, especially the one of her and bear trying to escape.

Chris, Becca, Abby and Jocelyn said...

Sweet Ella, what a strong little girl:) We are praying for you! Still looking forward to meeting you for a playdate. Take care mama!

mandd3 said...

What a ray of sunshine you have for a daughter! She is amazing. Praying for a quick as possible drop and recovery.

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

are the nurses and doctors just in awe of ella and her smile, all while she is receiving a continuous dose of chemo??? unbelievable! glad to see nothing is getting her down - LOVE her smile!!!!!!

mlfont said...

Ella, I want to reach thru the laptop, scoop you up and hug you tight! Thank you for reminding me to smile today! Praying for you!

Julie said...

Yummy yummy! Squeeze that precious little sweet-heart for me, please!

my family said...

ella grace you are such a beautiful doll, we pray for you every night that you continue to heal and get better soon.I could just jump over there and give you a great big hug!Those nurses and doctors are so lucky to see you every day

Ruby's Mom said...

Ella just looks wonderful!!! Praying for her always :)

heidi marie said...

love the pics, especially the one of her trying to break free. smart little booger, she knows where to go! ;)

thinking of you guys everyday and praying for sweet ella. i just can't get over how radiant her smile is. so full of life!

Monica said...

She looks so great... I love her big smiles. Hugs and prayers for you all.

To Love Endlessly said...

Just checkin in on Miss Ella and loving all the pictures of her. She's just a warrior, that little girl. I doubt anyone can resist those chubby cheek grins and little Ella kisses! :-) I pray this road gets easier for you all.

Tina said...

HOW did I miss this post? I have been wondering about Ella and well knew she must be sailing through this like a real true warrior who we are all so very proud of! I simply love all the pictures and that one of her on the run will teddy for company is so very cute, made me smile and with her doll , just look at her loving it, how beautiful is that. I am sure that this could not be feeling so good but who would think looking at the pictures, just look at her smiling, isn't she amazing.

...and you are an amazing mom, so together (although I am sure it's not how you feel all the time) but your strength and calm is going to bring so much positive energy to Ella and her healing it's the best thing you could do for her. I will be sending positive energy to Ella through reiki and will be praying for a uneventful hospital stay. Big hugs and kisses from here

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Hey Denise, how is Ella doing this week? How do her counts look? We are at CHOC tomorrow for dental work in the OR, but they just changed it to the Pavilion outpatient surgery center instead of the SSU. Boo! I was hoping for a visit while Emily was in.

I would love to bring her one day next week to play with Ella before school starts, if Ella's counts are up for it! :) And I need to know what size Ella wears ..

Melissa M said...

I love the picture of her 'escaping'!!