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.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It's a Roller Coaster!

Today Erin's day started off a little bit rocky. The nurses told us that we can give Erin Zofran (anti nausea medication) on an "as needed" basis, so last night we opted to not give Erin her dose of Zofran. This morning she ate breakfast and then threw it up. So, now she's back on the Zofran. It's hard just watching for signs of nausea, it would obviously be easier if Erin could say, "Hey, I'm going toss my cookies, can you get me to the toilet?"

After she got cleaned up, she ate another breakfast. Don't you think that sometimes it would be nice to be a kid again? As adults we whine and shy away from food when we are sick. Kids, they throw up (often without warning) and then they just get over it and start eating again. Maybe it's just part of growing old, like how lately it's gotten hard for me to ride a roller coaster without getting nauseous. I used to be able to go on the whirling-upside-downy rides over and over again without an inkling of nausea.

Erin and John had a splendid day together watching LeapFrog's Letter Factory 5 times throughout the day. Learning those letter sounds is such an on the edge of your seat kind of learning, I'm sure John was just riveted! We gave Erin a little princess dress as a reward for finishing her second round of chemotherapy. She looks so beautiful in pink! It's nice to dress her up again. We like to keep her in hospital jammies while she's doing chemo because it's easier to get to her central line through the snaps on the jammies. She loves being all dolled up. I will post pictures of her modeling her new dress when I take my turn at the hospital tomorrow. Well I guess it's already tomorrow, I've been up late sorting out paperwork.

Erin received platelets today (did you know it costly $1192.50 for a bag of platelets?). I want to thank Aunt Annie for all her many hours spent donating platelets as a student at BYU and then also working as a phlebotomist at the Plasma Center. And a big THANK YOU to all of you who have donated platelets too!

Erin's ANC is zero, it will be zero for an estimated 2 1/2 weeks. Lots of hand washing!

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