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 14, 2010

Things are . . .

THINGS ARE SO BUSY, but yet they are not so busy. Is it possible that I can feel like time is flying yet it is barely moving along? You would think that I'd just be sitting here with nothing to do, yet it would seem that I can barely find time to do anything. Just when I sit down to read a book a nurse or a doctor comes in, or maybe Erin needs some entertainment, or a cleaning person comes in to disinfect our room or it's time to eat or . . . The only time I really have alone is when Erin is asleep. Thank goodness she is a good sleeper and that she takes a 2 hour nap each day.

THINGS ARE DIFFERENT when you live in a hospital. Today, as I was filling out a disability form for Erin, there was a question that asked about what activities she couldn't do as compared to a normal child her age. I answered that in the past 44 days, Erin has spent 35 of them confined to the Immunocompromised Unit of Primary Children's Medical Center. That is not a normal activity for a girl her age.

THINGS ARE REALLY WONDERFUL too. I am grateful that Erin is relatively well. Her ANC was 1800 today. That is practically normal range. Her platelets have dropped from 210 to 162 and her red blood counts are getting lower so she'll probably do some transfusions by next week. I am grateful that she hasn't had any major side effects to anything. There are so many less fortunate than we are. We aren't dealing with rashes, fevers, allergic reactions, or anything else.

THINGS ARE PEACEFUL. We feel so peaceful and happy despite what we are going through. You may ask, why are you so peaceful and why are you still smiling?

Spiritually Minded Is Life Eternal = SMILE.
2 Nephi 9:39
THINGS ARE ENJOYABLE. We do have a lot of fun. Erin and I laugh and giggle and tickle and kiss and hug. Our friend Cris (one of Erin's favorite visitors) can get Erin to the silliest state of all. He has trained her to jump when he says the words "hot dog." It really is quite hilarious. Erin shows off for all the nurses and almost everyone that comes in her room asks if they can take her home. She is such a cutie pie.

1 comment:

  1. I love that scripture too. I have been worrying about you today and wondering if the second time around in the hospital is easier or harder. But sounds like maybe she remembers a little and feels more comfortable there.