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Monday, December 20, 2010

Guess What??????

A certain little bald headed darling has been released from the hospital, hopefully once and for all. Her counts started coming up from zero on Friday and as of yesterday her ANC was 260. The doctor said that as long as she had a decent jump up today, she would get to go home today even if she wasn't quite at 500. Well, today the little Angel's ANC was 806!!! She was good to go and after a red blood cell transfusion (hers were just a little low and they didn't want to have us need to come back before Christmas) we were sent packing!! In true Vollmer fashion, we stopped to eat on our way home. Ella didn't seem to miss a beat and acted as if she has been living life freely forever. When she got home, she spent quite a bit of time exploring the newly decorated house. Needless to say, we all have great big smiles on our faces.

We will have to go in for a bone marrow biopsy the week after Christmas just to make sure everything looks good and then make clinic visits, weekly, monthly and so on for quite some time. But as long as we can stay out of the hospital, we will be singing praises for a long time!! Thank you to everyone who was praying that Ella would be home in time for Christmas. They worked!! My only complaint is that I didn't get my wrapping done which will now be a little bit trickier with my "helper" home.

They gave Ella a little 'Happy Last Chemo Party' today
before we left.


Enjoying the Christmas tree






"Who is this new person who is almost my size?"


Hanging out in sissy's bed talking to her peeps!


Getting some piano practice in

34 comments:

Kristin said...

I'm crying tears of happiness up here! Best Christmas present ever, eh? WAY TO GO ELLA!!!!!!! You rock little princess!!!!!

summer said...

Yay!!!! And the pictures are so awesome!!! Ella and the snow man has to be the best picture I have ever seen. Loving so much that she will be home for Christmas!!! Praise God!!!!!!

stephanie said...

That's the sweetest Christmas gift ever!!!!!!
Welcome home Miss Ella! making me cry so many happy tears this morning!
We love you soooooo much!!!

mandd3 said...

Nothing like crying tears of happiness into my coffee cup first thing in the morning. So grateful you are home for Christmas. Ella and the snowman will stay with me forever!

Rachel said...

YEAH!!!

Enjoy STAYING home from now on. We will pray that she stays there:)

Devon said...

YAY!!!!!!! That's great!! No more hospital, now, missy!

Adrienne said...

So happy!! Praise God! I hope you guys have the best Christmas!!!

Runningmama said...

Tears of joy for you and your family, my friend! I can't believe she is done, wow! We will continue to pray that she remains in good health and that all bone marrow biopsies in the future are completely perfect! Enjoy your Christmas!

Kristen's mom said...

That makes for the Best Christmas ever!

Lori said...

Welcome Home!!! and Merry Christmas!!
As for wrapping....gift bags! They cost more upfront, but you can reuse them next year (and the next) -- and they are EASY!!! =)
Praying that Ella is done w/ the hospital forever, and that you and your family have a super Blessed Christmas!
PS -- Ella is allowed to open her package from us early =)

AngieW said...

Awesome news! We have been praying for this day. Merry Christmas to your family!

Lacey said...

Love it, love it! That one of her checking out the snowman is the best. Done, can you believe it? And right before Christmas is the best present ever!

Mama Mason-Mann said...

What a merry merry Christmas! So happy for you all. Love the pictures. Ella is such a character! Enjoy your holidays!

Cole said...

Best.Gift.Ever!!!!!!!! I'm thrilled for your family to be home all together snuggled under a Christmas tree!

Sweet Pea's Mommy said...

I could not be happier to see this today!!!! The picture of Ella with the snowman that is about her size is just the cutest!!!!

Congrats on all of you being home and I hope you get some wrapping done!

patsy said...

so happy for your family! hope you all have the best Christmas ever :)

Becca said...

Oh, such wonderful news!!! I'm so glad she's home for Christmas! Beautiful, beautiful little girl, hoping for continued well-visits. :-) (((hugs)))

Chris, Becca, Abby and Jocelyn said...

Hip Hip Hooray! I am so very happy for your family. Sweet Ella is the cutest little christmas present every. I say you put a bow on her head and call the wrapping good:) We'll be in touch to bring by our groups gift!!!
Happy Happy Day to you and your family!!!!
xo,
Becca

Kelly said...

Hooray for Ella!! Welcome HOME!!! The Vollmer Family (home) together for Christmas.....the BEST Christmas present INDEED!! This is such wonderful news! Continued prayers that each doctor's visit going forward continues to be WELL!! Love & ((HUGS)) from Landon & the Gomes crew!!

The Fluck Family said...

so wonderful! have a very merry christmas!!

Zoey's mom said...

Nothing compares to that last infusion bottle being taken down.a sigh of relief,of gratitude as you realize you,your child,has finally arrived at the moment that seemed so distant just a short time ago.and here you are.Home for Christmas.Rejoicing in the beauty of this moment.

All our love dear friends and hugs and kisses to your little warrior child.

COOLWHIP said...

I check your blog just to see the smile on that little girls face. That brightens my day every time. I am happy to hear your news, and pray that things continue in this direction. She is beautiful.

Ruby's Mom said...

Oh,Denise,I'm so glad she's home!Hope your family has a wonderful Christmas! You already got the best present :)

Coco said...

What a fabulous Christmas present. Enjoy the holiday.

Anonymous said...

Hey Denise, we are sooooo happy for Ella and you all! My eyes were full of happy tears for sure. We will continue praying for that sweet girl and all of your family. We love you guys so much! Merry Christmas! God is so Awesome! Much love from Kim, Steve and McKenna Breaton :)

May said...

It is truly a Merry Christmas for your family! Our prayers are always with you. God bless!

Kelli said...

Super job Ella! Have a great Christmas.

Tracy said...

Oh Merriest of Christmases! So glad Ella's home! You go little girl! And thank you for the beautiful Christmas card!!!! Hugs!

my family said...

the best christmas gift ever!!! Yeah little girl so glad you are home. Denise loved the card thank you for sending us one, the girls LOVE it...they just dressed william up and are calling him ella grace as I type (remember i told you long ago that was their "girl name" for him...before we ever knew about sweet ella, lol) My poor boy has no chance :)
Merry christmas to all of you

Simply, Sarah said...

I LOVE the pictures of Ella! They are so cute!
Congratulations on being home for Christmas! We also were just released this week, when we didn't think it would be until Christmas Eve or so. What a great week. :)

Bethany said...

The best gift ever! I lurve that pic of her talking on the phone, hilarious! Merry Christmas guys ... I know this will be the best one ever!

EL said...

Praise the Lord! I'm so bummed we didn't get to see you guys awhile back. Thanks for calling and trying though. Can't wait to see Ella.

Melissa M said...

I'm so so glad you all are home for Christmas!! I love the picture of Ella checking out the snowman!

Aimee said...

Read this and got tears in my eyes- my husband was freaking out a little, lol. I cannot, for ANYTHING, think of a better Christmas present for your family! A holiday you'll never forget, I'm sure! So glad for you all!!!