Dr. Boyer, expressed his frustration too as he explained that the next decisions to be made would be difficult. It is concluded that Alice will be required to have another transplant. The difficulty will be deciding on how to give it to her. Will we request more stem cells from her previous donor? Or would it be better to start again with a new donor? There are upsides and downsides to both.
When I think of her lying sick in bed with mouth sores, and getting up only to wretch in her pink bucket, my shoulders sink and my frame aches.
Alice, at least for the clinic visit was happy and played as she usually does. She required platelets and slept through most of it. Upon coming home Lisy and I spoke of what is to come and how we will help Alice over her next bump in the road.
Today Alice received a new cast and the x-ray shows that her bone is healing very well. We have been loading Alice up with a calcium supplement. The prescribed calcium supplement from the doctor included magnesium and zinc. It made her stomach terribly upset and she vomited with each dose. The very day we decided to stop the prescribed supplement, my cousin Stefanie showed up with the perfect fix...a more gentle supplement, yet very effective. How thankful we are for her timing.
|Somehow she wiggled her way out of the cast. It was intended to be loose because she was still swollen at the time it was placed.|
|We heard her talking and playing by herself, when we checked on her she was playing with her cast.|
|We gently slipped it back on.|
|The technician at the orthopedic office went to get the saw, to cut Alice's cast off, when she returned, Alice said , "I don't need that saw, I got it off".|
|A new green cast. That is the color she wanted.|
|Evie mimicking everything she sees...I helped her put Alice's old cast on because the thumb hole was tricky.|
Natalie was very brave today as she needed to get more labs done, which meant she would need to receive a couple needles. She was also asked to be on camera in the process. The footage would then be used in effort to help other children feel more comfortable when they get a poke from a needle. Knowing Natalie, I was very skeptical on how she would do. I thought the only thing she would show these kids would either be, first: where the best hiding places in the room are, and second: to explain in high decibels how to tell everyone they are "dumb," and follow that up by instruction on how to run for the hills when the needles come out. Alas, I was wrong. She did well, and I'm proud of her. Lisy got it on camera or I wouldn't have believed it.
We will post the video tomorrow.
We will post the video tomorrow.
We are excited for Natalie as we are helping her prepare for her wish trip to Hawaii. For now we will be getting her ready and making sure she feels that we are focusing on her as well as mentally preparing for Alice's next transplant. It is interesting enough that this past week I came to realize how far Natalie has come to having a normal immune system. I watched her splash and swim in the pool today. Her smile and content of being in the water with the other children gave me a sense of relief. Natalie doesn't smile enough, and I guess I can't blame her. From her point of view, I imagine she probably thinks she hasn't had much reason to smile. But lately her smiles are coming more often, and they seem to be lasting longer. I would suppose her smiles to be a bi-product of her feeling normal. And I'm sure the anticipation of flying on an airplane headed to Hawaii has its positive effects too. We are thankful to the Make a Wish Foundation!
The three older kids have been learning some pool safety skills and basic swimming from a great friend of ours, Nicole. This helps Lisy and I feel better about things, while in Hawaii surrounded by water.
Which brings me to another point that seems to make me sound like a broken record, but each time I contribute to the blog I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude to all of you, and therefore need to express my thankfulness for what you do for us. We read every comment you send to us. We love them. We would not be where we are now without all of you. Thank you. Thank you for helping us help our children.