Monday, May 14, 2012

Clear Scans

The results from our day at DeVos (just the facts, I'll get to writing about the challenging emotions one of these days):

- Chest x-rays and ultrasound were both clear
- Blood work is normal
- Kidney function is normal

We don't need to be back again for three months.

Thanks for all of the prayers!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

next set of scans

mother's day tea at preschool
tomorrow (monday, may 14)
chloe has her next set of scans.

things have been going well,
she is growing,
she is her sparkly self.

we don't anticipate
any bad news.

and yet,
we feel anxious.
the memory of that
first ultrasound last july
is still too fresh.

we ask for your prayers,
prayers that things will go smoothly,
that chloe will not have
an upset stomach on the car ride to devos,
that we will get
good news
from her oncology team.

we are thankful that we will
get the results right away.
after the scans, we'll meet with
dr. mitchell, chloe's oncologist.
chloe will see her for a physical
and we'll see the results from the scans.

we are also thankful for a great weekend.
on saturday my cousin got married.
we truly enjoyed ourselves at the wedding.
martha, henri and chloe
probably logged the most time
of any of the guests
on the dance floor.
it was truly a great moment
dancing with the "girls in pretty dresses"
to get out there on that dance floor
and to see all three kids
dancing their hearts out.
we needed that!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

catching up

it has been a long time since we have posted.
since the POP, chloe has returned to DeVos twice
for antibiotic infusions.
she was able to go a few days after the POP
to deliver the many poke prizes that were donated.
it was a great moment to be able to give back.

that first infusion involved 4 pokes.
now that she doesn't have a port (hurray!),
the nurses have to access a vein to give the medicine (boo!).
even though i offered to switch to oral medication,
chloe still wanted to continue with the monthly infusions.
delivering the poke prices donated at the POP

after the second infusion in march,
even though it was much less traumatic,
chloe agreed to try the medication.
she started on april 23 and for the most part,
things are going smoothly.
we would appreciate any prayers,
she'll be taking this medicine
6 days a week through july.

celebrating a magical triumph

we also took a trip to disney world
during spring break.
it was a wonderful time away,
our first trip out of michigan
since this all started.

it was not a make-a-wish trip,
it was actually a holland family trip
that has been in the works for 4 years.
we are grateful that we were able to go.
it felt like a big celebration,
with many special touches to celebrate
the end of the cancer battle.

now we are pushing toward the end of school,
we are looking forward to a time of rest,
a time to make more memories.