|Evie and Matthew...pals!|
I'm staring to feel like it's Ground Hog day around here. I wake up, look at the clock and think...'what do we have going on today?' 'Oh yes, a doctors appointment.'
Natalie had a visit with the immunologist Dr. Chen on Friday. The labs we had drawn this past Wednesday were in preparation for this appointment. Dr. Chen wanted to check specific antibody titers. Natalie had two immunizations nearly four weeks ago...I think I forgot to mention that in a post, but this is a big deal for us. She is starting all over with her immunizations. We are taking it very slow. Anyway, the titers measure how much antibody an organism has produced that recognizes a particular epitope.
|Fruit Snacks...make it worth going to the doctor.|
Natalie had some, but little response to the vaccines. It was good to see some response, but we hoped it would have been more. Basically, this means her immune system is still maturing and with time that response will improve.
So, to ensure that she would be good to travel, we went ahead and loaded her up with some IVIG to cover our basis while on vacation...this will really help protect her from getting sick while traveling.
Saturday night Tyler and Matthew went with Natalie to the RTU to have the infusion of IVIG. She did well, it makes all the difference to have one of her brothers with her. She was more brave! They didn't get home until almost two in the morning. It was a late infusion. We are thankful for a great team of immunologists who have tested her immune system out enough to know what she needs at this time.
|Nothing like having your brother by your side to make you feel better.|
|A couple hours later.|
I can't even say how excited the kids are to travel. We are all looking forward to a change of scenery. I can't remember the last time we have been beyond Utah or Salt Lake Valley. The kids are counting down the days....to Hawaii. It just doesn't seem real.
We are going to miss the little girls.
Alice had clinic today, mostly the same scenario as last week, although her white count jumped up again (neupogen). She received platelets and blood today. It took until 3:00 in the afternoon to start the infusions. A full day in clinic.
Levels: Hemoglobin 7.8, Platelets 22, ANC over 2000 :) wish it weren't artificial, but we'll take it.
We suspect that when we return from Natalie's wish trip that things will start happening very quickly with Alice in reference to a second transplant.
We already know the flight home will be long...that sounds terrible doesn't it...we don't sound a little burned out do we? ;)
As far as feeling burned out--we feel that way often, but can't entertain the thought too long, rather we have to keep moving forward and telling ourselves that we can do it!!! Just like what Alice would say when she was so sick in the hospital..."I can do it!" It makes it easier when you tell yourself those simple words.
Thanks for your prayers.
|Itchy, Itchy, Itchy|
|She loves dresses|
|Visiting Grandma and Grandpa Duncan...Lisy's grandparents|
|Pretending to drive Uncle Deans sports car|
|Matthew found this on his way home from school and gave it to me. I love how thoughtful children are.|
This video is Natalie showing how brave she is with her blood draw on Wednesday the 17th!
This is an old video when Alice was in the hospital with GVHD and wasn't able to eat. I found her pretending her pencil was a cookie...I had her pretend again so I could record it.