On June 1, 2010 our two year old, "Little Air Bear," was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Type M7. After enduring 146 days at Primary Children's Hospital, Erin is now in remission and living a full life at home with our family. Her strong will and constant happy smile is an inspiration to us all. Through our difficult circumstances we found great strength and peace in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for checking in on us.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A good day with Acute Myeloid Leukemia

I talked with my mother who has been with Erin (who has Acute Myeloid Leukemia M7) for the past two days and she said that Erin has been having a really good day. There are all types of volunteers who come through Primary Children's Hospital and today they had a woman with her very large Dalmatian stop by. My mom said that Erin just petted the dog so softly and the dog licked her face and she was happy to get a kiss from the dog (they probably wouldn't have let the dog in her room if she could catch something from him).

Erin is done with her first round of chemotherapy. She had her last eye drops last night. We are so grateful for that, they were almost the worst thing for Erin. The eye drops were to keep her eyes moist since one of the chemo drugs dries out her eyes. The doctors have also started weaning her of the anti-nausea drugs too. Erin's blood pressure is still a little high so she is still on a medication to lower it. The doctors have been giving her benadryl to combat her allergic reaction to the vancomycin (antibiotic). We've noticed though that she starts to really flip out after they give her the benadryl. I guess that some kids react badly to the benadryl. After she flips out and stops screaming, she usually falls asleep. They've decided to stop giving her the benadryl and now they're giving her something else but I don't know what drug it is yet. Her spot on her back/hip where her bone marrow was drawn is looking a lot better thanks to the vancomycin.

I will have to post pictures when I remember to take my camera to our hospital room (I always seem to leave it in the car). We have a very nice set-up in our room. We have a low shelf that we have stacked with books and all her toys that people have so generously given us. She likes to sit on a blanket on the floor and play in her little toy area. It's almost like when she was at home and she would sit in front of her book shelf that was covered in books and toys.

We have been so grateful for the generosity of everyone, even people we haven't met. We are so thankful for your prayers, friendships, your gifts, your love, your thoughts and notes, and your willingness to help us in any way. Thank you!

Tags: "Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia" "AML" "Leukemia" "M7" "Acute Megakaryocytic Leukemia"

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