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.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gettin' on with Round Numero Cinco!

We are back at Primary Children's to conquer OUR LAST ROUND of Chemotherapy!  I am just kicking my heels together in joy!  Erin will receive her LAST chemotherapy on Saturday!  The LAST LAST chemotherapy.  Never again to have chemotherapy!  (fingers crossed)

Our ride here consisted of pretty good traffic and two stops to clean up throw up.  Poor Erin.  She hasn't seemed sick.  Maybe it's just my driving (no one needs to comment on that).  She was upset about throwing up and I was so helpless while I tried to maneuver the car off the freeway while she was gagging in the back seat. 

We got situated in room 4412 in the Immunocompromised Unit (ICS).  It feels like home.  It was nice to be greeted by so many people we know so well now.

Nurse Megan went to draw some blood from her line to figure out Erin's ANC and other blood counts.  But, neither of Erin's tubes were drawing back blood.  She ended up doing a tPA (blood thinner) into both of her lines and then we let it sit for 45 minutes.  We got one line working, but the blood return was really slow and clotted.  She sent some blood to the lab for the blood work, but they couldn't use the blood because it was too clotted up.  We waited more for the tPA and just got both lines working nicely.  Phew! 

Before we can start chemo Erin has to have a pretty good pee output and blood return in her lines.  Due to Erin's throwing up and diarrhea from the previous chemo she was apparently dehydrated this morning.  So, her first diaper wasn't good enough and now we're filling her with fluids and waiting for a second really full diaper.

It's been a fun day though!  Erin was really excited to be back at the hospital.  Crazy huh?!  She seems to like the life of eating cookies and root beer in bed all day while watching episode after episode of Care Bears, Barney, or whatever else she's addicted to at the moment.  We usually aren't big TV watchers at home, but Erin has really become a TV addict here.

2 comments:

  1. Yipee the end is near!!!! Had a great time with Cecily and Caleb this morning! I love your kids. We'll keep praying! Love ya!
    Klaassens

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  2. Poor girl being sick in the car! I hate that feeling of trying to navigate the highway and freaking out because you have a little one throwing up in the back seat. Blegh!

    But hooray for the LAST ROUND!! Oh my - that is so exciting! I hope everything goes well!

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