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Monday, October 25, 2010

Bone Marrow Biopsy Complete!!

Today we had to go in to the clinic to do another bone marrow biopsy. They require one to be done at the end of round 4 for the study she is on. It is done using "conscious sedation" which means that she isn't put completely out but she is pretty much motionless and doesn't know what is going on and doesn't feel any pain. In the picture above, she is just coming out of her sedation. The Dr. gave her a little more than usual for some reason and it took her quite a while to wake up. Then it takes her about 30 minutes of flopping about before finally gaining some control of her body. It is actually quite hilarious to watch her as she wakes up. First she just started talking but her body wasn't moving at all. Then she keeps trying to sit up and her head is just flopping around. It literally seems like she is drunk. Of course, I never like my daughter having to have any procedure but let me tell you, it is no big deal at all now that we have the central line in. So for that I am thankful. I used to dread this procedure strictly because of how hard it was to get an IV into her arm. We won't get any results for a couple of days but the doctor doesn't feel there is any hint of anything being wrong in her bone marrow. Of course, I will never let myself get quite that confident when it comes to this horrible disease so please continue to keep Ella in your prayers.

All of her blood counts looked great today so they are planning on us going back in to the hospital on Wednesday to start round 5. This will be our shortest stay at home yet but that is okay since we are just anxious to get it over with. The biggest bummer is that she will be getting chemo for 7 days straight which means being hooked up to the IV the whole time.....which sucks with a toddler!!!

Since our weather has finally cooled down (for California anyway), I had to get all of Ella's "winter" wardrobe washed up and ready to wear. I feel like we have so many new things to choose from which of course means fun new pictures to take. However, I am quickly learning that getting pictures of her isn't very easy anymore since she NEVER stops moving!! Below are a couple of photos in her new leopard attire.






26 comments:

Tina said...

Praying all comes back well with the biopsy...ofcourse it will I refuse to think any differently. It's pianful just seeing her lying in that hospital bed. What our little angels have to go through, just not fair.

Now those pictures...wow they are awesome, I love love Ella in her hats, I love her new found love for them, that means we get to see her looking oh so cute. That last one is the show stopper!! You got a model on your hands for sure.

Rachel said...

She is SO cute in those outfits! We will keep that sweety in our prayers. It ain't over til it's over.

Bulldogma said...

Ooooo - Love the new outfits! Keeping my fingers crossed for happy bone marrow results!

Cammie Heflin said...

She looks adorable! I wish it would cool down here, it was 80 today!

Runningmama said...

Love the pictures, her face is just so sweet! I am praying this round goes smoothly and that you get to go home relatively quickly!

Kristin said...

Too cute - as usual. Praying for you all.

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Cuteness! Denise, Emily doesn't have ANY of that leopard clothing. Where is it from? :)

Marianne said...

That top picture just breaks my heart!! Poor baby!!! Praying for a good result!!

Chris, Becca, Abby and Jocelyn said...

Oh sweet Ella Grace....you are the cutest little girl. We will continue to pray for you. What a strong little one you are:) Hoping to see you soon!

Lacey said...

Oh my gosh, where did you get those outfits?!
How come more chemo this time? I thought the big round was round 2.

Kristen's mom said...

Aren't central lines the greatest. It makes things so much easier. So glad you are on round 5 and her outfits are so cute.

Kendra said...

A toddler on an IV...I can't even imagine! Keeping you in my prayers! And where did you get that pink hat???

Cathy said...

Praying, praying, praying!!!

Lily doesn't have either of those outfits...lol. Ella's a doll!

Kacey Bode said...

She is so stinking cute, loving her modeling her cooler weather wardrobe! I'm praying her test comes back great!

Patti said...

Praying hard for that beautiful girl!! oxox

Zoey's mom said...

The last picture is a model pose for sure!!

Sending our love.As always.And thinking of you and praying for you, as you near the finish line.The end is in sight friend!

summer said...

Can anyone say "DIVA"!!!! Oh my - this little princess is something so special!!!!!

Lori said...

Many prayers for good results from the biopsy!
Oh, Ella -- you are too cute in your new fall wardrobe. You rock a hat like no other - and so sassy in your leopard print.
Poor Anna - she doesn't get a new fall wardrobe because she has so many stinkin' hand-me-downs. Don't get me wrong - this is a good thing =)
Big {{Hugs}} to you, sweet girl!

Rochelle said...

Praying for great results and a super quick round 5 (&6)! She looks adorable in her new outfits!
♥ & hugs,

Devon said...

Sweet sweet girl. Hugs!!!`

Kelly said...

Praying for great results!! I am in such awe of this sweet little girl!! She is simply AMAZING=)

And I am in love with wardrobe!! Such a fashionista!!!

Continued thoughts & prayers as Ella enters round 5......I hope it is quick and you all find yourselves HOME soon!!

Ruby's Mom said...

Praying for Ella always.What a cutie in her outfits :)

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

so happy to hear all of ella's counts looked great - love all of her outfits in the pics!!! will hope and pray for WONDERFUL results from the biopsy!

Kelli said...

I think you guys are amazing...what a strong family. Hugs and prayers for great results!

Kele@ said...

OH MY!! But what a cute drunk she makes!!!
And as usual, I love her outfits!

Denise, I am so happy she has done so well... and just like Presley, she almost always wears a smile, no matter what the situation!!
Love you and LOVE LOVE LOVE that girl!

patsy said...

i will keep praying for sweet ella...and her cool weather outfits..too cute :0)