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Friday, October 22, 2010

Well, That Was Short Lived!!

Apparently, Ella has gotten quite good at recovering her blood counts. Well at least she has gotten good once we are OUT of the hospital. Last monday, when we left the hospital, her ANC was 276. Three days later, her ANC was 2,587!!! It had to reach 1000 in order for her to be ready to start the next round of chemo. Normally this has taken her almost 3 weeks to do which meant 3 weeks at home. But this time, it took her three days???? So as of now, we will be doing a bone marrow biopsy on Monday which is protocol at the end of round 4 to make sure she is still in remission and then assuming her numbers are all still good, we will go back in for round 5 on Wednesday. It is hard to believe that we are starting round 5. In some ways, it seems like we just started round 1. We are starting to see the finish line, but just barely. I find that I am more nervous about this bone marrow biopsy than I ever was of any in the past. Before, I always kind of knew what we waiting for and it wasn't much of a surprise. But now that Ella has officially been diagnosed with AML and is in remission, the fear of relapse is always going to be there....probably forever!! But since we can't dwell on that, we will dwell more on the fact that Ella will now most likely be in the hospital for Halloween. Not that she has any idea what she is missing, but I am a little bummed that she won't be in our Halloween night photo. The good news in all of this is that I think the timing may work out better now for us to be home for Thanksgiving and ultimately, finish this whole thing that much sooner.

This photo was taken after Ella's blood draw yesterday. Now that she is walking, she wants to walk EVERYWHERE!! So we spent some time walking around the Medical building and she found this little table to sit at. As always, she enjoyed making faces for mommy's camera.

Just wondering if anyone else can find any food on her actual mouth. I see it almost everywhere else but there.

Where is Ella???

There she is!!! (Oh wait, now there is some on her face)


Sweet Pea's Mommy said...

That Ella! She really is an over achiever!!! I'm sorry that you will probably not have the whole family in the Halloween picture, but it really is that much closer to the finish line.

I'll pray for continuing remission in the test next week!

Zoey's mom said...

Even though I knew all this,I just needed to leave a comment.Don't want to neglect my comment leaving just because we talk so often!

Love the first picture.Just something about her precious smile.

Yes,the finish line is in view and it will be here before you know it.Promise.

Monday Zoey has her lab draw.First one in 3 months.We can be nervous together!

Melissa M said...

I hate that you have to go back so soon, but I love that you may be home for Thanksgiving. And we WILL be visiting, where ever you are!

april narretto said...

Show that cancer who is boss girly. Woo hoo

Kristin said...

Oh silly Ella! Food IN your mouth :)
Praying for a fantastic biopsy!

Rochelle said...

Oh Ella you super achiever you! Sorry you weren't home long. Praying for great results with the biopsy and peace for your family in the waiting.
Wow the finish line does look so much closer! WOOT WOOT!

Lacey said...

Oh that girl and her crazy counts! Not much time to enjoy home, but yes, lets get this over with! Disneyland is calling ALL of us, together!

Tina said...

Bittersweet, on one hand the end is in sight on the other it gives you so little time at home, I know it can't feel nice to have to go back there when you guys just got home, but of the two wouldn't you say there's no feeling like knowing you'll be done with it soon! I will be praying that all results are great, remain positive like you have all these months. I know that little angel of your is a fighter and she'll continue to amaze all of us.

Now to those pictures I mean this girl is getting cuter with each picture you post, now it's going to be difficult to top that with your next post. Love her and keeping her in my prayers constantly.

Lori said...

Definitely praying that her biopsy goes well!

I am glad that Ella is moving along quickly and smoothly. I was hoping that you might get to be home for Halloween -- but I guess it is better to get things over with, right?!

{{Hugs}} to your beautiful girl!

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

wow, 3 days???!!! how does she do it? will be hoping and praying for AWESOME results from the bone marrow biopsy. LOVE the pics of ella in her high chair :)

Kelly said...

Looks like there will be TONS to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!!! And Miss Ella, you are such a silly goose. Another thing you and Landon have in common.......you're both MESSY eaters!!!! lol=)