Friday, January 13, 2012


We celebrated Chloe's last day of chemo on Jan. 4th with balloons, streamers, and a few friends who happened to drop by.

We celebrated that Chloe only felt tired and nauseated for about 24 hours after this last treatment and then was ready to go again.

We celebrated that Chloe's trip to the DeVos Children's Hospital ER on Monday morning brought the good news that her dislocated elbow could be popped back into place quite easily.  (The kids were playing on Sunday evening while Christa and I got dinner ready -- something about holding hands and swinging -- lesson learned.)  Christa reported that she was playing Uno with two hands within minutes of getting it popped back into place.  :>)

We celebrated that although Monday's platelets counts were quite low, yesterday's counts were up.

And we're continuing to celebrate that we got a call from clinic yesterday following counts saying that since counts were good we don't have to make any more weekly trips to the clinic!  After at least one, if not two, three, more... visits to clinic each week since July 7th, this is a huge burden lifted.

Plus, Chloe no longer needs to take her nightly medicine...

Where we're at, in case you're interested:
  • Final scans have been scheduled for Feb. 2nd
  • She'll have a counts check, exam, and we'll get a review of the scans on Feb. 10th
  • She still needs to continue a monthly infusion of one of her meds for the next 4-6 months
There truly is light at the end of this long, and sometimes dark, tunnel.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

last week of chemo

my apologies for not updating sooner,
i sent out the prayer request before christmas
and left it hanging.

christmas was quiet and uneventful.
no hospital stays, no additional visits.
she returned for a counts check
on december 28.
the doctor was pleased with her counts,
chemo continues as scheduled for
wednesday, january 4.

chloe has been her spunky self,
playing with her toys,
drawing, enjoying the new snow.
she was very excited to have a
sleepover with her grandparents,
to visit with her uncle jed.

her hair has started coming back,
a little blond fuzz,
she seems to have grown a little,

a little bit of encouragement for all of us
a reminder of new strength, hope.

kip goes back to work on wednesday.
i'll take a couple of days off this week
to take chloe in for chemo
and to be with her if she doesn't feel well.
then we'll return
to our "normal schedule."

we will still make weekly
(or more often when needed)
trips to DeVos
to check Chloe's counts.
we await the appointment
when her port will be removed
and we can relax a little,
worry about germs and fevers less.